SIRIM Berhad - Malaysia by dandanhuanghuang


									                           TechFast Case Study
                           SIRIM Berhad - Malaysia
                                                                                            Fast Facts

                                                                                             AIC is partnering with the
                                                                                            Malaysian Government

                                                                                             Jointly developed program
                                                                                            to assist Malaysian SMEs
                                                                                            access research capability

                                                                                             Strengthens economic
The Client                                     The Opportunity                              ties between Australia and
Malaysia is a rapidly growing and              The AIC has been working with three
fast developing nation with a large            government economic development
investment in education, research and          agencies that are all funded by the
science. Like many nations however, it         Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology
desires to improve the technological           and Innovation (MOSTI). These agencies
capacity and knowledge of its industry,        are:
in order to build local businesses that will
provide high value products and services       1. The Malaysia Industry-Government
and maintain the nation’s increasing           Group for High Technology (MiGHT)
prosperity.                                    2. The Malaysian Technology Development
SMEs by number make up 99.2% of all            Corporation (MTDC) and
businesses in Malaysia, however they           3. The Standards and Industrial Research
only account for 32% of the nation’s Gross     Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM).
Domestic Product (GDP) and only 19%
total exports. Therefore to increase the       These agencies were keen to draw upon
wealth of Malaysia a specific focus has        the significant experience the AIC has
been placed in assisting SME growth.           built around innovation and collaboration
                                               policy, program design and program
In 2008 the AIC was engaged by the             implementation in Australia.
Malaysian Government to assist them
to achieve key elements of their Ninth                                                     The Australian Institute for
Malaysian Plan. More specifically, the                                                     Commercialisation (AIC) is a leading
AIC was asked to assist Malaysia to                                                        service organisation helping innovators
achieve its vision to develop its Small-to-                                                achieve commercial success. Around
Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and boost the                                                    Australia, the AIC helps business, research
entrepreneurial and technical capability                                                   organisations and governments convert
of SMEs.                                                                                   their ideas into successful outcomes.
TechFast Case Study
SIRIM Berhad - Malaysia

 AIC Assistance                            The Outcomes
 Through this partnership the AIC          This collaborative international program   The program has also linked
 initially worked with the Standards       has been successfully undertaken with      participating businesses to funding
 and Industrial Research Institute         the Malaysian-run pilot program now        sources and other programs to assist
 of Malaysia (SIRIM) to develop an         up and running across Malaysia.            them further with their particular
 SME and research organisation                                                        needs.
 collaboration facilitation program        This program has already delivered
                                           services to numerous SMEs across           Feedback from partcipating SMEs has
 aimed at increasing connectivity
                                           many industry categories. Importantly,     been very positive with businesses
 between the two sectors in Malaysia.
                                           the program has provided a platform        strongly supporting the program and
 Drawing on learning from the AIC’s        to enable SIRIM industry engagement        its goals of assisting SMEs to access
 successful TechFast program, the AIC      staff to talk with businesses about        Malaysia’s national research capability
 worked with SIRIM to assess Malaysia’s    their needs and opportunities and          to help them to grow.
 specific needs, design a tailored         how innovation could assist. This
                                                                                      The AIC and SIRIM have also established
 assistance program for the Malaysian      has already led to several promising
                                                                                      information sharing mechanisms to
 environment, and provide appropriate      connections and partnerships
                                                                                      help connect SMEs and researchers
 skills development and training to        between SMEs and Malaysian research
                                                                                      between the two countries. This
 local facilitators so Malaysia could      organisations.
                                                                                      mechanism will foster greater
 implement its own pilot program.
                                                                                      collaboration and exchange of ideas
                                                                                      and intellectual property between
                                                                                      Australia and Malaysia.


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 March 2009

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