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HK University and Enterprise Seek Tech Transfer and Collaboration with the Chinese Mainland

By YUTING CHEN|Apr 20,2024

Chongqing On April 16, the second edition of InnoEX, themed Innovations for a Smarter World, wrapped up after a four-day showcase at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

The event attracted exhibitors from 13 countries and regions, including Canada, France, India, and Thailand. It showcased 20 delegations from 16 provinces and cities in the Chinese mainland, with Chongqing presenting six enterprises for the first time. 

Wang Wansheng, General Manager of Chongqing Endurance Automation Solutions Co., Ltd., said that a representative from a Hong Kong company was impressed with their combustible gas sensors and had been searching for such a product. Wang noted, "We have already sent samples for them to try."

Representatives from Chongqing enterprises negotiate with foreign merchants. (Photo/Zhang Yizhu)

Wang emphasized that his company's products, including combustible gas sensors, pipeline network monitoring sensors, and liquid level sensors, are linked to smart city development and have broad application potential.

At the exhibition, Wang discussed technical specifications for advanced environmental instruments and smart water management models with the head of technology transfer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), aiming to collaborate with their research teams.

A representative from PolyU stated, "In fact, we have always been committed to promoting technology transfer and exploring cooperation models with cities in the Chinese mainland."

The venue of the second edition of InnoEX in Hong Kong. (Photo/Zhang Yizhu)

Cheong Man Lei, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau, stressed that Hong Kong's national mandate is to become an international innovation and technology center, leveraging its strong foundation in basic scientific research.

Despite its strengths in basic research, Hong Kong struggles with transforming results and industrialization, prompting a focus on developing an innovation and technology ecosystem to integrate its upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors.

In this process, Hong Kong can significantly empower Chinese mainland enterprises by providing them with an international platform to reach global markets. 

Moreover, Hong Kong draws global talent and technology, helping them with technology transfer and market expansion. These efforts have led to major projects like the creation of Mingyue Lake Industrial Innovation Park in Chongqing Liangjiang New Area.

Initiated by Professor Li Zexiang's team from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Liangjiang New Area, this base explores the deep integration of hard tech innovation and entrepreneurship with new engineering education.

Zhong Yongxi, the chief representative of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in the Chinese mainland, noted Chongqing's unique industrial features, such as its production capacity, talent, and cost advantages, which can serve enterprises in the Greater Bay Area and enhance their market competitiveness. 

Zhong noted that Chongqing's science and technology innovations could benefit from the Greater Bay Area platform, serving both national and global markets.


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