oa CSIR Science Scope - Making the invisible visible : UViRCO, an innovation success story : industry



In 1991, when Eskom contacted the CSIR with its need to visualise corona discharges on power distribution networks, no one could guess that two decades later the new start-up company resulting from this research would capture some 50% of the world market with total sales of R180 million, and would be exporting high-tech camera inspection systems to 40 countries. Apart from the technical excellence of the research team, key success factors included the tenacity and full participation of every stakeholder in the innovation chain.


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