Austrade presents Australia - Germany Innovation Forum
Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Mr Peter Tesch opened the Australia - Germany
Innovation Forum in Frankfurt. "Australia and Germany already have a number of
exciting collaborative arrangements in place however by working even more
closely together we have the best chance of tackling the big challenges of the
"There are hardly two other countries worldwide who can benefit from each other in terms of cultural understanding and complementary skills to realise innovations for the global market," said Prof Göran Roos, key-note speaker and worldwide innovation management expert. "An innovative spirit, strong economic fundamentals, offering a strategic location, an advanced business environment and national infrastructure facilitating innovative ideas and industries - those are the ingredients for Australia's innovation future mix." Australia's recently published "Australia: Benchmark Report 2012" (http://www.austrade.gov.au/Invest/Reports-Resources/Benchmar...) proves him right.
Australia's resilient economy, innovation capabilities and culture set a strong framework for future innovation and business cooperation with Germany.
The "Australia: Benchmark Report 2012" outlines Australia's recorded 21 years of uninterrupted annual growth and Australia's position as the only country to consistently be ranked in the top five of the world's most resilient economies. The International Monetary Fund forecasts real GDP to grow by an average rate of 3.2 per cent per year between 2012 and 2017 - the highest anticipated rate amongst major advanced economies. Given its strategic government leadership in innovation and its innovation regulatory environment, Australia ranks number one in the INSEAD Global Innovation Index for 2012.
This is a good starting position for the fifth continent indeed. However international collaboration remains key to creating innovations that meet the challenges of a global market. Innovation expert Roos is convinced: "Only global collaboration between leading countries with complementary skills will accelerate the pace of innovation significantly reaching a next - global - level." Joint research and business collaboration between Germany and Australia is already in place. The Australia - Germany Innovation Forum presents several success stories of collaboration - focusing on the sectors Advanced Materials and Future Cities.
Australian-German innovation in the sectors Advanced Materials & Future
Australia has world class capabilities in materials sciences that are attracting the attention of the world's leading manufacturers. Investors already include Boeing, GE, Lockheed Martin, Bombardier, Concept Laser, Microturbo, the European Space Agency, Baosteel and Chalco.
research partnership in the field of advanced materials with CSIRO (Commonwealth
Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) has lasted for more than 20
years. Many Australian companies with innovative technologies such as Ceramic
Fuel Cells Limited, Quickstep Technologies and Plantic Technologies have
entered into joint research and development projects with German companies
before establishing in the German market, the homeland of engineering.
Home to four of the world's 10 most livable cities Australia has much to offer the world in sustainable urban planning, energy efficiency, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. Collaboration in the field of Future Cities currently includes the Fraunhofer Morgenstadt Initiative, involving Brisbane as a role model for a tropical metropolis of the future. Joint research between Audi and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) GEELab is undertaking critical research on mobility solutions and future driving experiences to create smarter cities.
"Leading Australian and German researchers and corporates have joined forces to develop innovative, technology applications for the future, and to face the global challenges of our time. The projects presented at the Australia - Germany Innovation Forum are great examples of how scientific collaborations and strategic partnerships between our countries are delivering a future of innovation," Nicola Watkinson, Australian Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to Western Europe, Austrade, draws the conclusion of the Australia - Germany Innovation Forum.
The Australia - Germany Innovation Forum 2013 is the culmination of the
60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Germany.
Commemorated from 28 January 2012 to 28 January 2013 collaboration in science
and innovation has been a focal point throughout the year.
This event highlighted the enduring research and investment linkages between the two leading economies and looked at how innovation and research collaboration can shape the next 60 years.
examples / business cases for Australian - German collaboration:
• Boeing's partnership with the CSIRO of more than 20 years focused on research projects in space sciences, biofuels, advanced materials and other aircraft technology innovations.
• Carl Zeiss Vision's Australian R&D centre is its first centre outside Germany
• Fuchs Lubricants continues to grow after 10 years in Australia, with the German company claiming a 10 per cent market share and its Australian operation is the fourth largest in the Fuchs group
• BASF, Germany's leading chemical company, opened a R&D centre in Australia to lead technological innovation and increase productivity in the global mining and resources sector. It is also jointly involved in developing polymers to assist the agricultural industry.
• IBM has opened its first life sciences R&D laboratory in the world co-located at the University of Melbourne.
• GE has established a strategic R&D alliance with CSIRO to research innovation in health, water, aviation and clean energy carbon reduction technologies.
- Ricoh, leading Japanese photographic company,
has established their Ricoh Innovation Centre in print technology in Australia
- British steel maker Corus is working with Australian company Dyesol on solar energy technology.
- Citrix Labs has two-thirds of its researchers based in Australia.