Matís has systematically increased its emphasis on international projects, whilst strengthening the company’s operations in Iceland – not to mention scientific work in the country in general. As a result, Iceland reaps the benefits of an increased number of various business opportunities.
Iceland’s contribution to Europe’s communal research funds is considerable and through scientific collaboration with other countries, we can, in a way, get that contribution back with excellent interest returns if done well. The basis for doing so is a strong core of scientists which is indeed representative of Matís. As our track record in international collaborative projects grows, so does interest from foreign parties.
We have much to offer and can strengthen Iceland’s position through the knowledge acquired from this co-operation. Through our international projects, we gain access to facilities otherwise unavailable and establish connections with specialists in various expert fields. By increasing international scientific collaboration, we can say we are turning an important page in Icelandic history.
Throughout the centuries Icelanders have exported goods, notably seafood. In this respect, we are talking about both exporting raw materials, as well as the finished product. Through our scientific work, we are moving away from exporting raw material and towards the utilization of Icelandic knowledge in our traditional core industry; that of food production. The “raw material” of knowledge is transformed into an even more valuable product to further our work abroad, as well as in Iceland, and also the development of food production. This benefits not only Matís, but other Icelandic researchers, institutions, universities, and companies.
Matís’ development and initiatives make it possible for us to advance into foreign countries. We have specialized knowledge in many areas of the fishing industry and are in a unique position here in Iceland for biotechnical research due to the geothermal areas, the glaciers, and the nature both on land and sea.
Many business sectors can benefit from the international collaboration Matís has initiated, although the opportunities are perhaps most clear in the seafood, where Iceland has the opportunity to create an even stronger position for our seafood to compete within world markets. Matís’ international projects will aid this work in the coming years, for instance with more emphasis on marketing related projects, focus on environmental issues and impact as well as reliable monitoring of food safety.
A similar story is evident in the Icelandic agriculture industry. Possibilities abroad will open up in this sector in the near future, not in the least due to an increase in scientific research work. Matís aims to scope out and explore these possibilities.
Our scientists deem our reputation abroad to be something upon which we can build even further. Not just because we are Icelandic, but because of what we can do and what we know.
Of this we can be proud, and we shall continue in this direction.
For further information please contact dr. Sveinn Margeirsson, Matís’ CEO.