Our role in Industry is to support the creation of new industries and enterprises, support existing industries and resuscitate declining industries. Examples include:
Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC)
The development of a South African biomanufacturing economic sector is clearly outlined in several national strategies. The CSIR has been involved in developing biomanufacturing technologies for a long time, and has developed a strong skills and infrastructure base in this sector. The BIDC Programme was established in 2013 to increase access to this competence.
The Programme has a strong emphasis on supporting SMMEs to develop processes and products that meet customer requirements within short time-frames to exploit existing market opportunities. The typical product development process in the biomanufacturing sector follows a sequential path from early-stage research at small scale to process development, piloting and ultimately the transfer of technology into manufacturing duty.
This classical approach has limitations for the development of high-value, low-volume performance products in the biomanufacturing sector. Therefore, an alternative agile manufacturing approach to process and product development was implemented and tested using real-world examples. Two excellent examples illustrating the benefit of the agile product development approach can be found in ReSyn Biosciences and OptimusBio, two recent spin-out companies from the CSIR.
CSIR supporting existing industries through improved energy efficiency.
The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA)
The NCPC-SA is a programme of the Department of Trade and Industry, hosted and implemented by the CSIR. During 2015/16, the NCPC-SA assisted companies to achieve R75 million in resource savings and identified R232 million in potential savings through resource efficiency and cleaner production assessments. In the first seven months of implementing the Industrial Symbiosis Programme, 244 tons of waste was diverted from landfills by six companies.
Energy savings continue to mount through the NCPC-SA’s Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project. Between 2010 and 2015, the IEE Project delivered savings of 1 800 GWh of energy in participating companies – enough energy to power 280 000 homes for one year. Financial savings resulting from these interventions now stand at R1.54 billion, with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation of 1.2 million tons of CO2 equivalent.
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