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USM hosting international clean technology forum

A trade show Thursday morning was part of the MS CLEAN-TECH Exploration Forum at Southern Miss. A trade show Thursday morning was part of the MS CLEAN-TECH Exploration Forum at Southern Miss.

Nearly one dozen representatives from Western European technology companies and research centers are in Hattiesburg for a special conference on business and research opportunities in the field of clean technology. The MS CLEAN-TECH Exploration Forum is being hosted by the Mississippi Polymer Institute.

It was organized by Wiintech, or the Worldwide Intercluster Initiative for New Materials and Processes Focused on Clean Technologies.

More than 2,500 companies are represented in that organization. The Wiintech project's goal is to identify and initiate opportunities for business development between Europe and overseas partners. 

Hattiesburg is one of only two sites in the U.S. where the forums are taking place.

The forum included a trade show which was held Thursday morning at the Trent Lott Center.

"The representatives from each one of the clusters in the Western European countries are looking for advanced technologies and relationships here in the U.S., where their member countries can translate technologies, services and products in, but they're also looking for technologies, services and products that they can take back," said Dr. Bryan Brister, director of the Mississippi Polymer Institute.

"The way we see things is a long-term collaboration, so we would like to sign partnership agreements and have the ability to set-up pilot activities on a very regular basis," said Caroline Pin, of Plastipolis, based in Oyonnas, France.   

The forum also includes tours of the university's National Materials Science Innovation and Commercialization Accelerator and several local industrial sites.

The event wraps up Friday afternoon.

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