Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and CCM Chemicals Sdn Bhd (CCMC) will collaborate to develop new technologies and products.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dato’ Dr Zaini Ujang said, the company has agreed to use the research products developed by the UTM researchers who have acquired intellectual property rights.

According to him, the products will be used to restore polluted water catchment areas, absorb heavy metals using natural compounds from plants, use of membranes to filter water and water purification products.

“Four research products produced by the UTM researchers which will be used by CCMC have intellectual property in the form of patents.”

“Collaboration between UTM and CCMC is a smart partnership that will provide benefits and create great impact to the chemical industry in Malaysia,” he said at a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony in UTM today.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Dr Zaini who represents UTM and CCMC by its Executive Director, Amirul Feisal Wan Zahir at UTM campus in Johor Bahru, 29 March 2011.

Zaini said, CCMC is a leading company in the chemical-based industries in the country and is listed on Bursa Malaysia. The company has expanded its business in the field of water treatment and polymer for the production of latex gloves.

“The collaboration provides an opportunity for both sides to implement staff exchange and research programs as well as the use of laboratory facilities,” he said.

He said, as of today, UTM has produced 2,024 intellectual property and become the largest producer of intellectual property in the country.

“This agreement enables UTM researchers to gain valuable experience because CCMC is a leading chemical industry in Malaysia which has been operating for more than 70 years,” he said.

Meanwhile, Amirul Feisal said, science and technology development is necessary to produce new products that are not yet available in the market to enhance the international and domestic market.

“Research and development is crucial to produce products that are not yet available in the market and we chose UTM because they have the technology, expertise and products needed by the company,” he said.