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Technology Made in Luxembourg making self-disinfecting face masks to fight against Covid-19

27 January 2021

Molecular Plasma Group (MPG) has developed a unique technology based on the use of plasma to optimise the protection of "made in Luxembourg" surgical face masks against COVID-19. MPG has perfected a surface treatment technology and made it compatible with industrial production of "made in Luxembourg" surgical masks, in collaboration with Santé Services SA and a German company. The co-financing of the project is based on the aid scheme of the Ministry of Economy which supports industrial research and experimental development projects allowing the production and development of products contributing to combat the health crisis linked to COVID-19.

Read the full article published by the Ministry of the Economy (Dec. 2020)

European Space Resources Innovation Center to be established in Luxembourg

21 January 2021

Luxembourg just entered a strategic partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) to create a "European Space Resources Innovation Centre", called ESRIC in abbreviated form. Unique of its kind, ESRIC aims to become an internationally recognised centre of expertise for scientific, technical, business and economic aspects related to the use of space resources for human and robotic exploration, as well as for a future in-space economy.

Based in Luxembourg, ESRIC will partner with public and private international players in this field to create a hub of excellence for space resources in Europe. The creation of ESRIC was part of the Luxembourg government initiative SpaceResources.lu launched in 2016 to establish an ecosystem favorable to the development of activities related to the exploration and use of space resources.

ESRIC's activities will focus on space resources research and development, drawing together excellence from public research and its facilities, with private sector initiative and efficiency. The centre will also contribute to economic growth by supporting commercial initiatives and start-ups, offering a business incubation component and enabling technology transfer between space and non-space industries.

Read the full article from the Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs.

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Korean INFINIQ sets up European HQ in Luxembourg

Leading Korean artificial intelligence data specialist INFINIQ has announced the establishment of an overseas sales corporation and European headquarters in Luxembourg. This decision has been facilitated by the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office (LTIO) Seoul and Luxinnovation.

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Building a sustainable economy

Renowned for its strong economic performance, Luxembourg has a determinedly green outlook towards the future. Crossroads Magazine spoke to Minister of the Economy Franz Fayot about his vision for combining successful economic development with long-term sustainability.

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A diverse, connected ecosystem for mobility innovation

Digital technologies are transforming mobility in a way that impacts not only the automotive industry, but society as a whole. Luxembourg offers mobility innovators a real life laboratory where they can test new solutions and refine them for the European market.

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Web Summit: Startup Luxembourg side event draws full house

A side event by Startup Luxembourg at Web Summit 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal, attracted numerous participants interested in the Luxembourg start-up ecosystem. Several international start-ups shared their reasons for choosing Luxembourg as their home.

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10 most read Trade & Invest articles in 2020

Luxembourg’s performance in international studies, business support and market trends during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to set up a business in the Grand Duchy: here are the articles you most enjoyed reading in 2020.

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Smart Green Business Centre

South Korea and Luxembourg signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering the establishment of a Smart Green Business Centre in Luxembourg. The aim is to facilitate green and digital collaborative projects between SMEs and start-ups.

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A standard for circular products

Clean technologies and the circular economy are central themes in Luxembourg’s strategy for data-driven innovation. The country is at the forefront of developing data-related standards that will drive the clean technologies of the future.

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Luxembourg hosts 2021 Cleantech Forum Europe

12 January 2021

Luxembourg is the hosting partner of 2021 Cleantech Forum Europe, a major international event in the field of clean technologies. The virtual conference, which takes place on 12-14 January 2021, is an excellent opportunity to showcase Luxembourg's commitment to sustainability and cleantech to national and international companies.

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Luxembourg & Belgium Day in Thailand

27 November 2020

To mark Luxembourg & Belgium Day in Thailand, the two Embassies joined the BeLuThai Chamber of commerce on 27th of November 2020 for a full day of exciting company visits!

The day started early with a visit to Theptex Co., a manufacturer of pure natural latex cores specializing in tailoring entirely to the needs of its customers, before delighting in the sweet treats of Gallothai Co., founded in 1993 by a Belgian emigrant with the conviction of bringing the taste of real Belgian chocolate to Thai consumers. After lunch, the BeLuThai members visited Guardian Industries, a leading worldwide manufacturer of float glass and fabricated glass products for the commercial and residential construction industries as well as for the automotive industry and whose Europe & Asia Headquarter is located in Luxembourg. The day ended successfully with a Multi-Chamber Networking Night hosted by BeLuThai at the Royal Varuna Yatch Club in Pattaya.

What did we learn? Businesses have been severely hit by the pandemic, but in crisis there is also opportunity: innovation, diversification and access to e-commerce platforms have in many ways been key to survival and success.

Technical cooperation between Thailand and Luxembourg

21 October 2020

The Luxembourgish and Thai development cooperation agencies LuxDev and TICA joined forces to deepen and widen the existing technical cooperation between Thailand and Luxembourg. Luxembourg firmly believes in the potential of South-South and triangular cooperation to act as an accelerator and multiplier of sustainable development. Such country-led collaborations are an effective tool to share knowledge, skills and successful initiatives between like-minded partners.

Based on the mutual needs and interests identified during a joint mission to Lao PDR in November 2019, LuxDev and TICA signed a Letter of Understanding with a specific focus on human resource development and the ambition to establish a long-term collaborative partnership. As a first concrete step, the agencies agreed to combine their respective and complementary technical expertise in the area of public health. Recognized worldwide for the quality of its own healthcare services and system, Thailand is considered to be a natural partner in this regard.

The collaboration between LuxDev and TICA will also seek to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of projects and programs in the fiels of local and rural development as well as technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

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