Background about the MUT-TSC
The Technology Station in Chemicals (TSC) at Mangosuthu University of Technology, under the Technology Stations Programme of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), offers technological support and services to industries involved or specialising in chemicals and related operations.
The scope of the TSC ranges from SMEs to large industries and corporate establishments. This is achieved through established relationships with Higher Education Institutions (HEI), including MUT; students, through the TSC’s Internship programme; scientists; and entrepreneurs who work to develop new technological knowledge in chemical and related disciplines.
All operations are geared to encourage and stimulate innovation amongst academics, students and SMMEs.
To develop and transfer technology thereby participating in the economic welfare of the country the current priority market sectors include the following:
- Surfactants – Detergents and Disinfectants
- Water Management
- Urban Agriculture
- SMME Training
The MUT-TSC provides the following services to SMMEs:
1. Process Design and Optimisation Consulting
2. Quality and Product Testing
3. Demonstration and Training
4. Technology Development and Transfer
To be the pre-eminent technology transfer support centre that fosters socio-economic advancement through innovation, technology development and transfer.
The mission of the MUT-TSC is to contribute to sustainable economic growth and social advancement in South Africa by:
- Providing tailor-made technological services and support to SMMEs and Co-operatives in the chemicals and related industries;
- Promoting entrepreneurship and innovation by providing access to latest innovations and technological developments to SMMEs and cooperatives; and
- Thereby enhancing innovation and improving competitiveness and sustainability amongst SMMEs and Co-operatives.
The MUT-TSC is a self-funding unit and is constantly engaged in identifying diverse sources of funding for its operations.
MUT-TSC Bursaries for MUT students
The project aims to increase participation and contribution by black Africans in the chemical manufacturing sector.
The MUT-TSC is currently working on a proposal to set up an Agro-Processing Technology Station.