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New Delhi, Delhi, India

The 4th Fraunhofer Innovation and Technology (FIT) Platform is scheduled for Friday 2nd Sept in Delhi where international technology experts will be betting big on the prospects of International collaboration in Smart Manufacturing, Smart Energy & Smart Cities in the near future.

The event is hosted in co-operation with the Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India & Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Power and Mines, Government of India and supported by Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC). It will be inaugurated by Shri. Anant Geete, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises (HI&PE), Govt. of India.

The event is being held in Delhi as the thematic focus will warrant participation from senior policy makers and bureaucrats who are major stakeholders and decision makers in the implementation of various Government programs.

Fraunhofer offers a number of ready-to-market technologies and products which will be showcased, as this will create an immediate interest in the Indian Industry seeking to leapfrog innovation and research. Specific technologies from various Fraunhofer Institutes will be displayed with an objective to excite the Indian Industry with ready-to-market products and the technologies for immediate implementation. A powerful presentation by renowned experts from Fraunhofer and Industry experts from India will showcase the global scenario in the three core areas of Smart Manufacturing, Smart Energy & Smart Cities and provide suggestions for the road ahead for international cooperation.

A pre-event Press Conference is scheduled for 1st September at the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi at 4:00 PM. The Press Conference on 1st September will be addressed by renowned experts from Fraunhofer. All the speakers aim to discuss the technology needs and solutions for the Smart Technology situation in India highlighting the challenges related to the complex subject of Smart Cities / Smart Manufacturing / Smart Energy and also showcase Fraunhofer expertise in smart solutions and models for India. The speakers will also highlight Fraunhofer’s role in strengthening applied research ecosystems globally and its contribution to India. Media representatives are open to attend the Press Conference.

Frank Treppe, Director Corporate Strategy and International Affairs, Fraunhofer, states: “Fraunhofer plays an integral role in creating an International Innovation Ecosystem and seeks to work jointly with India to promote and engage in long-term strategic research and development projects for Industries. Fraunhofer has already signed several MOU’s with industry bodies to promote the same and we look forward to further collaboration.”

Prof. Dr. Boris Otto, Head of the Fraunhofer Innovation Center for Logistics and IT (FILIT), adds, “India is at pole position in the field of Information Technologies. With Germany’s strengths in Manufacturing, together we can be a force to reckon with in the new global dynamics of cyber-physical systems.  The complementary strengths of the two countries are uniquely poised to transform the industrial landscape of the future” he said,” he said.

Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, says: “India can play a key role in rearranging the Renewable Energy leadership in the global context. It is one of the most rapidly evolving markets with a strong outlook towards increasing the contribution of renewable energy in the energy mix. This has to be accompanied by the availability of low-cost reliable manufacturing, distribution and storage systems. This is where the Fraunhofer technology capabilities can collaborate with India to take it to the next level.”

Ms. Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India, reiterated the commitment of Fraunhofer to India’s growth story. “We are delighted with the response of the Indian Industry, Research Institutions and Government, and look forward to a long and mutually enriching relationship, “she said.

About Fraunhofer
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 67 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of 24,000, who work with an annual research budget totaling more than 2.1 billion euros. Of this sum, more than 1.8 billion euros is generated through contract research. More than 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects.  International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative companies around the world ensure direct access to regions of the greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development.

Fraunhofer has been active in India since the past several years, bringing innovative technologies and research competence to India. Fraunhofer offers applied R&D services in various fields such as technology, textiles and new materials, aviation, food technology, aerospace and ICT. Fraunhofer is the chosen R&D and innovation partner of some of the giant players in the field of Energy, Automotive, Production Technology of Government and Private Organisations.

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