29 July 2019
EFKO Group is going to open a research center in «Skolkovo»
EFKO company, one of the leaders of Russian food industry, is going to locate in the innograd an R&D-Center to search new technologies and startups in the sector of bio and food technologies.
The new partnership center will be focused on development in the sector of functional food products and components, smart packaging, technologies of estimation of quality and product storing, feeds development, methods of selection and plant and animal breeding and other scientific directions. Besides, EFKO is interested in modern IT-developments for agro-industrial complex such as artificial intelligence, neural networks, big data analysis, computer vision algorithms, robotics and drone technologies.
EFKO Group is one of the three largest companies of Russian food industry and is the largest Fat&Oil holding on the market of EAEU counties. It deals with oilseeds processing, production of specialized fats and margarines, bottled oil, mayonnaise, ketchup and dairy products. Its products are exported in over 50 countries.
According to Andrey Zyuzin, Deputy CEO of innovations and digitalization of EFKO Group, an agreement to open a research center forms systematic collaboration between EFKO and «Skolkovo»: «Collaboration with «Skolkovo» Fund will allow to arrange close cooperation with external teams and resources of the innovation center including Skoltech. It will let EFKO create an effective point of exchange of ideas, information and projects between participants of «Skolkovo» ecosystem and departments of the company including Innovation center «Biruch-NT» and laboratories of the company’s divisions».
According to A. Zyuzin, the company is going to deepen collaboration with the Fund and join «Skolkovo» research infrastructure as well as include a unique infrastructure of its research center «Biruch-NT» in the list of «Skolkovo» Centers of common use (CCU).
EFKO is of Russian agro-industrial holdings oriented to the innovations. Opening of the partnership center in «Skolkovo» is a logical step in development of the company, - Ruslan Altaev, Director of development and work with key partners of the cluster of biomedical technologies of the Fund, supposes. – EFKO partnership center will let reinforce significantly agro-industrial direction of «Skolkovo» and will provide an opportunity to collaborate effectively with all participants of our ecosystem.
Before the end of the year the parties are going to conform organization of the contest on selection of modern technological solutions in the sector of agro-industrial complex.