September 2018  
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HKRITA’s textile upcycling technologies put into practice
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), supported by the Innovation and Technology Commission, launched two facilities equipped with locally developed technologies on September 3.

The 19,000 square feet Tai Po factory, is Hong Kong’s first recycling mill to apply HKRITA’s textile upcycling system at the production level. The production lines utilise technology developed by HKRITA. Used textile are first sanitised, then automatically separated and upcycled into yarn which can be used for fabric and garment production. The recycling mill features HKRITA’s pre-industrial scale hydrothermal system, which can separate cotton polyester blends. Both separated polyester fibres and cellulose powders decomposed from the cotton can be used for further production.

Mrs Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive, and Mr Nicholas Yang, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, officiated at the opening ceremony of the recycling mill. Mrs Lam highlighted the fruitful results of the opening of the mill in her keynote speech: “The recycling mill uses innovative technologies to provide a solution for textile waste recycling, and will add value to the local textile industry.”

On the same day, Mr Yang also joined the opening ceremony of Hong Kong’s first retail shop selling Garment-to-Garment (G2G) recycled garments in The Mills. The retail shop is a mini-scale demonstration of HKRITA’s upcycling system, recycling post-consumer clothing into clean new products. The shop presents HKRITA’s upcycling technology to members of the public, allowing consumers to experience this new way of garment recycling.

On September 7, the HKRITA also held the “Innovation and Technology Symposium 2018” to foster dialogue on the future direction of the textile, apparel and fashion industries. Mr Yang kicked off the symposium, encouraging industry experts to turn challenges into opportunities for business. Influential leaders and senior managers exchanged insights on the future prospects and direction for industries.

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Mrs Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive, and Mr Wang Zhigang, the Minister of Science and Technology, witnessed the signing of the "Arrangement on Enhancing Innovation and Technology (I&T) Cooperation between the Mainland and Hong Kong" and the "Agreement on Commencing Jointly Funded Projects between the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the Innovation and Technology Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government" on September 20.
The 51st Joint School Science Exhibition (JSSE) was successfully held from August 22 to 27, 2018. This annual exhibition aims at promoting public interest in science, fostering a healthy exchange of scientific knowledge, and encouraging experience-sharing among local secondary schools and international students.
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To attract and nurture more technology talent across Hong Kong, the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) launched the “Technology Talent Scheme” (TTS) on August 22 on a pilot basis for five years.
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Over the past few decades, performing complicated operations inside the human’s vascular system and other cavities has been a huge challenge for surgeons across the globe. That is why a surprising number of scientists have put much effort into creating practical medical nano-robots. With a great deal of experimentation and some trial and error, this goal has been achieved with honours in Hong Kong.
Upcoming I&T Events
  1. "InnoTech Month 2018" will be held from October 20 to December 7. A series of roadshows, exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, talks, conferences, seminars will be hosted for the public and industry players. The first stop of roadshows will be held on October 20 and 21 at Kai Tin Shopping Centre, Lam Tin. While the highlighted event “InnoCarnival 2018” will be held from November 3 to 11 at Hong Kong Science Park. More details will be available at the InnoTech Month website soon.
  2. LSCM Logistics Summit 2018 will be held on October 5 at Hong Kong Science Park. As a key event of the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM), the summit will bring together government officials, industry practitioners and representatives from related fields to explore and share inspiring insights, form collaboration opportunities and build business network. Please click here for more details.
  3. The Innovation and Technology Commission invites Hong Kong residents of Chinese nationality with significant achievements in science and technology to submit entries for the 2019 State Technological Invention Award (STIA) and the State Scientific and Technological Progress Award (SSTPA). The STIA and SSTPA are two award categories under the State Science and Technology Awards administered by the State Council. Entries for the 2019 STIA and SSTPA in Hong Kong will close on October 15, 2018. Please click here for details.
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