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Industry Support News Year 2019

NSTDA and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote technology and innovation development. The MOU was among six agreements between Thailand and Hong Kong concluded on 29 November 2019. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

NSTDA’s Career for the Future Academy in collaboration with partner organizations – the Department of Industrial Promotion, Kasetsart University, and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) - organized a capacity building program for participants of GEF-UNIDO Cleantech Programme for SMEs in Thailand on 11-15 November 2019 in Bangkok. The week-long event gathered over 100 mentors and alumni from year 2017-2019 for Mentor Training Workshop and National Academy. The activity was conducted by Mr. Kevin Braithwaite, Vice President of Network for Global Innovation (NGIN) and Ms. Chloe Soroquere, Senior Trainer for GCIP.

Dr. Akkharawit Kanjana-Opas, NSTDA Vice President and CEO of Food Innopolis, joined executives of partner organizations at the launch of MUSC-WTE-GERSTEL: Food Innopolis Learning Center of Flavor and Aroma on 16 November 2019. Executives from partner organizations included Assoc. Prof. Sittiwat Lertsiri, Dean of Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Mr. Sonti Dumrongsilp, Managing Director of World Tech Enterprise Limited and Ms. Tan Surakanpinit, Regional Sales Manager Southeast Asiaof GERSTEL.

On 26 September 2019, NSTDA, local administration offices, the Land Development Department and Betagro Group signed an MOU to collaborate on “Smart Tambon Model” project. Smart Tambon Model aims to employ science, technology and innovation (STI) to support the development of local communities. The project will be piloted in seven sub-districts (Tambon in Thai) located in five provinces, namely Chong Mek (Ubon Ratchathani Province), San (Nan Province), Chai Sathan (Nan Province), Khao Din Phatthana (Saraburi Province), Huai Bong (Saraburi Province), Kham Pha-ung (Roi Et Province) and Chum Kho (Chumphon Province)

NSTDA organized Thailand Tech Show 2019 on 5-6 September 2019 at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World. The fair was opened on 5 September by Dr. Atchara Wongsaengchan, Deputy Permanent-Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation. Thailand Tech Show is an annual event aimed at showcasing inventions developed and services offered by Thai academic and research institutes to potential investors, tech entrepreneurs and industry. The event featured seminar, technology pitching, displays of 234 innovations from 41 Thai academic and research institutes as well as companies covering various technologies, ranging from medical science, to agriculture, aquaculture, machinery, cosmeceutical, food and beverage, electronics and educational media.

With the production of over 4 million tons/year, Thailand is the world’s largest producer and exporter of natural rubber. Rubber industry involves vast players, ranging from rubber farmers, to latex processors and manufacturers of rubber products. Nevertheless, only small fraction of the rubber produces in country is used domestically. Many opportunities exist for expanding the production of value-added products utilizing natural rubber.

NSTDA and Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing (Thailand) Limited officiated the collaboration on research, development and technology transfer in support of electric vehicle (EV) and EV battery industry on 2 August 2019 at Thailand Science Park. Electrical and Electronic Products Testing Center or PTEC, a unit of NSTDA, is appointed to serve as the EV battery testing laboratory for Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing (Thailand), and to further develop the national quality infrastructure for the future of transport which includes testing facilities for batteries and autonomous vehicles, for instance. 

NSTDA and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (UC), a leading university in Chile, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 22 July 2019 at Thailand Science Park. Representing NSTDA and UC at the signing ceremony were Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President and Mr. Alex Parnas, UC Director of Entrepreneurship. The celebration was graciously witnessed by H.E. Mr. Christian Rehren Bargetto, Ambassador of Chile to Thailand and Mr. Luis Alberto Palma, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Chile.

NSTDA and the Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion (OSMEP) proudly hosted Technology Investment Conference 2019: Smart Ageing on 18 July 2019 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bangkok. The conference aimed at promoting the development of technology solutions and the growth of businesses that could serve the needs of the elderly. The event attracted over 200 local and international participants, mainly stakeholders of the silver economy, including angel investors, venture capitals, corporates, universities technology transfer, and researchers.  

NSTDA held a press conference on 19 April 2019 announcing the transfer of M-Bone, a hydroxyapatite bone graft substitute technology, to Oss Hydroxy Company Limited, a startup in Thailand specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of medical supplies and devices. The licensing agreement allows Oss Hydroxy to manufacture and commercialize M-Bone for a duration of 5 years.

The Business Incubation Center of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) brought five promising Taiwanese companies to attend NSTDA Annual Conference 2019 (NAC2019) held from 25-28 March 2019 to explore potential business collaboration with Thai academic and industry.  Leading the team of companies’ representatives was Dr. Jason Cheng, CEO of NTUST Business Incubation Center.

On 18 March 2019, Acting Science Minister Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj announced the success of Food Innopolis and chaired the ceremony to hand over the management of Food Innopolis from the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI Office) to NSTDA.

Traditional textiles from Thailand’s northern region are famous for their colorful and intricate pattern designs attributed to rich cultural influence from indigenous tribes and neighboring countries of Laos and Myanmar. Their unique production which involves weaving and dyeing techniques passed on from generation to generation also adds character to these charming textiles.

NSTDA and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to have DentiiScan, a 3D dental scanner, installed in hospitals under the management of BMA. The second generation DentiiScan will be installed at two BMA’s hospitals, as part of NSTDA’s Big Rock Project financed by the