The University of Nottingham has signed a memorandum of agreement to undertake research and development work with the Chinese soft drinks company Wahaha.
Formed in 1987, Wahaha has 60 production bases in 29 provinces in China, employs 30,000 people and last year achieved a turnover in excess of £6.8bn.
Under the agreement, The University of Nottingham and Wahaha will establish joint research centres to work in a number of areas, ranging from bioenergy technology to animal feed, food technologies, electrical motors, and robotics.
The first stage of the collaboration will be the development of a jointly run Electrical Motor Research Institute in the city of Hangzhou, China, where Wahaha is based. This will be opened in the autumn and the intention is that this will be followed by a research centre in Nottingham (UK) in 2013.
The University will also provide training for Wahaha staff and further joint venture operations including research, training and advisory services will also be offered in China.
Source: The University of Nottingham