To Seoul and back with the GBIP Delegation

Last week, Simon Jones, our Principal Scientist, visited South Korea as part of the Innovate UK & Enterprise Europe Network’s Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP). Here’s what he thought.

Leaving London on Saturday, arriving Sunday and hopping through Ulsan, Busan, Daejeon and Seoul was quite a journey. Meeting a wide range of local and international companies, whilst getting the opportunity to visit cutting-edge manufacturing facilities, were the overall highlights.

With the huge recent interest from the South Korean government to support the hydrogen economy, coupled to being a leading player in Li-ion battery materials and manufacture, South Korea is very aligned with the expertise and ambitions of PV3 Technologies. This resulted in some highly interesting meetings on a range of advanced electrochemical technologies, which will hopefully develop into exciting collaboration or business opportunities.

The week culminated with a trip to Interbattery Expo, where it was great to see the wide range of businesses currently involved in the battery supply chain and the rapid developments taking place in the Li-ion sector. Overall the rapid development and deployment of advanced technologies in South Korea was very impressive and all accompanied with large quantities of excellent food. Thanks go to the EEN for organising and my fellow delegates for their company.