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Posted: March 15, 2007
Nanotechnology brings United Kingdom and India together
(Nanowerk News) To accelerate the development nanotechnology and register its presence globally, UK has team up with India and formed a joint entity called NWG (Nanotechnology Working Group).
UK and India has joined hands to form a joint NWG (Nanotechnology Working Group) to thrust the development and expansion of advanced technologies. The NWG will be formally launched in coming 2 months as a part of British government’s move to prop up the nanotechnology sector of UK in the international arena.
Nanotechnology is a branch of science that has the capability to speed up the development in many industries. Nanotechnology can break the existing silicon limits and make computers much faster by creating smaller and more competent microchips.
Bob Driver, Director, High-tech sectors, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), a govt. body, which helps companies operating overseas, says the working group will take the nanotechnology higher and bridge the India and UK technologically together.
Driver, in news published by Computing, says, “The nanotechnology initiative between India and the UK will help create an environment that sparks co-operation”. He added that the onus of attracting investments in the UK’s R&D work is on UKTI. He stressed on the growing interest in nanotechnology and says, “We have a coherent network of nanotechnology centers of excellence and a healthy number of companies which have been successfully invested in”.
David Sharp, nanotechnology expert, UKTI, says the nanotechnology expertise of UK ranks in the top 5 countries of the world.
He states, “The UK is up there along with the US, Japan, Germany and Korea, but there is a lot of co-operation between countries. The science is pushing forward and has an impact on every sector”.
The nanotechnology sector makes the UK economy richer by adding around £23 Billion annually to it and this market share is expected to grow two-fold by 2015. As per UK Trade and Investment, the number of companies operating in the nanotechnology sector in the UK doubled between fiscal 2003-04 and 2004-05.