IRL Chief suggests establishment of Advanced Technology Research Institute for NZ

Issue 27 – May 2011

IRL Chief Executive Shaun Coffey is calling for the creation of an advanced technology innovation enterprise to boost New Zealand's important high value manufacturing sector – and proposing that IRL is uniquely positioned to lead such a bold new endeavour.

Coffey says that to overcome persistent barriers to growth such as a poorly developed innovation ecosystem, low levels of direct private sector R&D investment, and a paucity of resources for R&D agencies, the government needs to create a lead agency that will champion technological innovation, deliver industry development, and enhance technological capability.

Read the full IRL media release ( IRL's proposal is outlined in its submission to the government's high value manufacturing review, which you can read here (

Summarised from an IRL media release 14 April 2011.

Published in business and ICT.