Chemical industry asks EU for better innovation framework

13 July 2010 16:14  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--The chemical industry has called on EU decision makers to produce a more-efficient policy framework to allow faster utilisation by the market of innovations from the chemical industry, Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) said on Tuesday.

The European Commission’s High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies had it first meeting in Brussels on Tuesday and has set out to scrutinise the current innovation policy framework as well as to put forward viable proposals in 2011 on the quicker deployment of breakthrough technologies.

According to Cefic, the group, which consists of key member states and various high-level industry executives, wanted to encourage a long-term approach to innovation in technologies including nanotechnology, microelectronics, photonics, advanced materials and biotechnology.

“We are committed to actively contribute to shaping and implementing concrete actions for the deployment of these technologies into value for society,” said Wolfgang Plischke, Cefic vice-president and Bayer board member

A cooperative approach from various industry sectors and public bodies was key to turning technologies into a competitive advantage for Europe, Cefic said in a statement.

“Looking at the value chain from the chemical industry perspective brings you different angles and new opportunities for breakthrough solutions that can benefit innovation in many sectors, for instance flat screens, imaging, lighting, data storage, sensors, lightweight cars or self-cleaning surfaces,” said Gernot Klotz, Cefic executive director for research and innovation.

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By: Franco Capaldo
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