OCP Group, world leader in the phosphate and derivatives market, has sealed a partnership agreement with German Fraunhofer institute for the setting up in Morocco of a world-class research Laboratory dedicated to the development of sustainable solutions.
First of its kind in the North African Kingdom, the Lab will be based in the Mazagan Urban Pole (PUMA). It will enhance the ecosystem of research and innovation initiated by Mohammed VI Polytechnic University.
The German Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS pledges to support the Mazagan’s research laboratory in various research projects on industrial ecosystems and set up a dedicated team for the Fraunhofer Mazagan Lab.
The partnership with Fraunhofer IMWS will also enable the Mazagan laboratory to benefit from the expertise of all the Fraunhofer network laboratories.
The Fraunhofer Mazagan Lab will capitalize on Mohammed VI Polytechnic University’s research works and evolve them into applied research programs. Mohammed VI Polytechnic University seeks to become a major player in applied research oriented towards the development of industrial solutions and world-class partnerships.
“The ecosystem of Research and Innovation being developed by The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is strengthened by this first joint Center of Excellence. The Fraunhofer Mazagan lab aims to develop industrial solutions and innovative circular economy projects for Africa with the support of our partners in Germany”, said Mr. Mostafa Terrab, Chairman & CEO of OCP Group.
For his part, Prof. Ralf B Wehrspohn, Director of Fraunhofer IMWS said: “we look forward to supporting our partners in Morocco. I expect the joint work to start quickly, sparking a long-term and successful cooperation, which will yield many new insights into the potential of Chemistry 4.0”.