Fibrenamics promotes partnership between institutions of Guimarães and the city of Londrina, in Brazil
As a result of its internationalization strategy, Fibrenamics, together with the University of Minho and the Municipality of Guimarães, signs a protocol of intentions with three institutions from the city of Londrina in Paraná, Brazil. The partnership aims to reinforce academic, scientific and technical cooperation, as well as to promote applied research for the industry and the creation of economic value between the two regions.
The institutions involved in the protocol are the Fibrenamics Association - Institute for Innovation in Fibre and Composite Materials, the City Council of Guimarães, the City Hall of Londrina, the University of Minho, the Federal Technological University of Paraná (Apucarana Campus and Londrina Campus) and the Development Institute of Londrina - CODEL.
The protocol foresees several collaboration activities, including the exchange of technicians and researchers, teaching and training projects, joint research and development of new products. In addition, the joint organization of conferences, workshops and other scientific events will be explored, as well as the identification of potential strategic partners. Last but not least, the protocol establishes favorable conditions for the installation of a local Fibrenamics Hub, in Londrina.
Raul Fangueiro, Chairman of the Board of Fibrenamics, says that the moment is one of “satisfaction and responsibility. Satisfaction for having been able to unite a set of wills and for seeing Fibrenamics' goal of internationalization achieved. Responsibility because the work will be very important, but I know that we are prepared to provide an exceptional response, in full alignment”.
João Luiz Esteves, Secretary of the Government of Londrina, showed great satisfaction with the culmination of a cooperation that had already been in preparation for some time, and referred the importance of the economic component, among other dimensions, that this agreement will work on. “This protocol should have happened a long time ago. We are late and in a hurry for it to gain a national dimension”.