SHANGHAI, April 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Swedish innovator Plantagon International, pioneer in innovative vertical urban agricultural solutions, is setting up the Tongji-Plantagon Research Center with Tongji University, Shanghai.
Under the auspices of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, the Consul General of Sweden in Shanghai Ms. Viktoria Li officially opened the lab during a formal ceremony at Tongji University on April 3rd, 2013.
Vice President Mr. Li of Tongji University and Mr. Pettersson, COO of Plantagon International together with eminent officials from COFCO, Roosevelt China Investment Corp., SWECO, CENTEC, IKEA and the cities of Baoshan and Wuxi were present to show their support.
"We are delighted to extend our collaboration with Tongji University and the Tongji-Plantagon Research Center shall pave the way for the long-term intent we have for this market. We look forward to many constructive results to be developed from this successful collaboration," says Hans Hassle, CEO of Plantagon.
The achievement made by Plantagon and Tongji University supports and acts on the articulated objectives of the 12th five-year plan. E.g. China is dedicated to increase their investment in R&D of CleanTech to over 2 %. Food security and -safety, as well as the problem with contaminated land, are other crucial issues for China to manage in the future.
"The status of being a developing country is a great opportunity for China, rather than being "developed". It means that we still have many chances to redefine our future. One of the key issues of today is about the food. The Tongji-Plantagon Research Center is an important concrete step forward towards engaging more people from the city to the agriculture and bridge the urban and rural ways of living and producing," says Vice Dean Professor Lou Yongqi.
Plantagon International AB is active in the sector urban agriculture and is a global innovation leader in vertical farming. Plantagon's vertical greenhouse minimizes the need for energy, water and pesticides, and since the products are delivered directly to city consumers, the transportation costs are also minimized.
SOURCE: Plantagon International
For further information:
Hans Hassle, CEO
Professor Lou Yongqi, Vice Dean
College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University
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