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 (www.irl.cri.nz/newsroom/high-tech-manufacturing/irl-chief-suggests-establishment-advanced-technology-research-insti). IRL's proposal is outlined in its submission to the government's high value manufacturing review, which you can read here (www.irl.cri.nz/about-us/who-we-are/high-value-manufacturing-review).
Summarised from an IRL media release 14 April 2011.