Alcoa announced Jan. 16 that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with India's Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) to establish the CSIR/Alcoa Leadership Innovation Council. The partners will collaborative on research projects that address issues such as energy efficiency, alternative and renewable energy sources, environmental technologies as well as multi-material engineered solutions.
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is an R&D organization that is comprised of 38 research laboratories located across India. CSIR covers a wide spectrum of science and technology.
"We are excited to partner with the research community in India and leverage our combined capabilities to develop solutions for some of the most difficult problems that face governments and business," said Dr. Mohammad Zaidi, executive vice president, market strategy, Technology and Quality, Alcoa.
Some of the areas of initial focus include energy innovations to ensure long-term sustainability of operations, environmental innovations that use nano-technology and biotechnology to convert waste to products, packaging innovations that provide next-generation solutions to customers, and multi-material engineered solutions for a number of markets.