NZ Herald: Funds boost for hi-tech materials

Christopher Adams writes in the New Zealand Herald about the Materials Accelerator – a new programme designed to help commercialise New Zealand R&D.

The programme is a made up of a partnership between 4 major universities and three CRIs, and focuses on helping manufacturers add value to their products by combining materials.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“French said manufacturers often encountered problems when they tried to combine materials. “So what we have done is bring a whole bunch of researchers who are experts in particular materials and materials characterisation, and also virtual prototyping, so we can work with companies to get them further up the value chain,” she said.

“French said the programme had the potential to contribute up to $1 billion to New Zealand’s economy.

“Discoveries made by the programme would be developed for use in a range of companies.”