Fraunhofer IKTS: Research cooperation with South Korea further expanded

September 18, 2023 Fraunhofer IKTS and the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT) intend to cooperate closely in industrial technology and innovation research in the future. On September 18, 2023, Prof. Alexander Michaelis, Director of Fraunhofer IKTS, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korean project management organization in Seoul in the presence of Saxony’s Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Dulig as well as representatives of the Saxon Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport SMWA and the Saxony Economic Development Corporation.

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Fraunhofer IKTS and the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT) intend to cooperate closely in industrial technology and innovation research in the future. Photo: Fraunhofer IKTS

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The Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT) specializes in the planning, evaluation and management of research and development in the field of industrial technologies in South Korea. Its funding activities focus on industry demand and the marketability of technologies.

“South Korea has been an important strategic partner of Fraunhofer IKTS for many years. KEIT is a key driver of industrial transformation in South Korea,” emphasizes IKTS Institute Director Prof. Alexander Michaelis. “For IKTS, KEIT is thus the perfect partner on our way to develop sustainable and economic solutions for the global challenges of resource scarcity, energy transition and digitalization and to transfer them into application. IKTS contributes to the cooperation in particular its know-how in the fields of energy and environmental technologies, green hydrogen and non-destructive testing.”

Together, the partners establish a German-Korean Center for Technology Cooperation at Fraunhofer IKTS in Dresden. This acts as a coordinating body for R&D cooperation between Fraunhofer IKTS but also other Fraunhofer institutes, universities and companies from Germany and Korean research and industrial partners. The center identifies technology needs and technology funding programs for joint projects, supports project initiation as well as technology transfer, and participates in the project review process of both countries.

Through joint seminars and workshops, Fraunhofer IKTS and KEIT also aim to further promote networking between German and Korean partners. Fraunhofer IKTS coordinates the activities in Germany. KEIT provides a staff member for the center and also supports the facility financially. The first German-Korean R&D projects are scheduled to start in 2024.

“We are currently on a delegation tour of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan under my leadership. The many talks we have had so far impressively confirm the enormous potential of economic cooperation with these countries,” said Saxony’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Deputy Minister President Dulig. “Saxony is perceived as one of the most dynamically growing business locations in Europe. This applies not only to microelectronics – where we are perceived as Europe’s representative – but also to many other growth markets, such as energy and environmental technologies.

We therefore very much welcome and support the initiative of Fraunhofer IKTS to establish a German-Korean Cooperation Center with KEIT. After all, Germany and South Korea not only share the same values, the same economic and security interests, but also face the same global challenges, whether in the field of energy or mobility transition. The new cooperation center will help to link our Saxon researchers more closely with the Korean ones and to deepen the cooperation in the interest of both our countries.”

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