Malaysian nanotech firm signs RM257mil deal with Swiss company

Cheng (left) and GC Global Consulting GMBH founder and chief executive officer Raffael Wullschleger holding the MoU. Behind them are from left Bioeconomy Corporation project director and senior vice-president for BioIndustrial Zainal Azman Abu Kasim, Syed Mohamad Bakri and Nanotextile Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Jeff Ho Chin Woi.

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN: A Malaysian nanotechnology company at the Astana Expo 2017 here has exchanged a US$60mil (RM257mil) memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Swiss-based company.

Nanopac (M) Sdn Bhd and GC Global Consulting GMBH exchanged the MoU at the expo's Malaysian Pavilion Wednesday in the presence of Malaysian ambassador to Kazakhstan Syed Mohamad Bakri Syed Abd Rahman.

According to Nanopac chief operating officer Datuk Dr Cheng Kok Leong, GC Global was interested in its nano light energy panel as well as its self-sustaining toilet.

He added that the Swiss company wanted to apply the self-sustaining toilet technology in the boat manufacturing industry.

"We have technology which enables toilet waste to be treated immediately," said Cheng.

He added the system used fuelcell technology, which does not require waste to be taken elsewhere to be treated.

"The fuelcell technology is a new technology, which is coupled with an electrolysis kind of concept to treat toilet waste," he said, adding that the system was very efficient and used minimal electricity and water.

He said GC Global was keen on the environmentally friendly aspect of the technology.

"Now if you go to the toilet in a boat, the waste is discharged into the sea.

"They are concerned about this in Europe and saw the potential in our product," said Cheng.

He added the treated sewage water can be safely discharged into the sea or reused in the flush system.

Astana Expo 2017 kicked off on June 10 with the participation of some 100 nations and more than 10 international organisations.

The theme of the 93-day expo is "Energy of the Future", which is aimed at addressing the global problem of energy consumption.

Week three of the expo from June 26-30, is a joint collaboration by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, Bioeconomy Corporation, Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia and Sirim Bhd.
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