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  • March, 2017

SPI USA completed a US Business Guide in support of Portuguese exporters

SPI USA developed a US Business Guide for the Associação Industrial Portuguesa (AIP), a Portuguese association of companies working in industrial sectors. The Guide provided relevant information for assisting AIP members in their initial approaches to the US market and overcoming the market’s general challenges. The guide was focused in five industrial sectors: Information and Communication Technology, Food and Beverages, Construction, Machinery and Equipment, and Fashion.

  • January, 2017

SPI USA renews a 10-year collaboration as the North America Representative with a leading CAD Software innovator

SPI USA renews a 10-year collaboration with a leading CAD Software innovator supporting the footwear, automotive, and apparel sectors. Over the first 10 years, the client has experienced a significant increase in its portfolio of US clients, which has resulted in higher profits and a diverse range of customized software development opportunities.

  • December, 2016

SPI USA conducts a US Market Study for a European Association in the Food & Beverage sector

SPI USA conducted a Study on the US Food & Beverage (F&B) market for a European Association, comprising over 130 European companies in the F&B sector. The study provided relevant information for assisting F&B exporters in their initial approaches to the US market and overcoming the market’s general challenges. The study included critical market data identifying market opportunities at a state and regional level.

  • October, 2016

SPI USA successfully completes a Trade Mission to Mexico for a European client

SPI USA facilitated a Mission in Mexico for a European client to promote the establishment of R&D and business partnerships between European and Mexican enterprise associations. The mission took place over a four day period and involved a seminar on the Mexican business environment and how to overcome potential barriers. The seminar was followed by networking activities, which included pre-scheduled business to business meetings.

  • September, 2016

SPI USA completes a US Market Study for a European client in the Food & Beverage sector

SPI USA developed a study on the US Food & Beverage (F&B) market for a European client in the F&B sector. The study provided relevant and current information necessary for European SMEs interested in entering the US F&B market. The study was focused on the grains, fish, fruit, vegetable and mushroom market segments.

  • July, 2016

SPI USA assists a leading sustainable materials supplier expansion within the North America Market

SPI USA is excited to begin representing a leading sustainable materials supplier within the North America Market. SPI USA is assisting the client in its efforts to establish collaborations with leading multi-national corporations in specific international markets. The collaborations will lead to new product and market opportunities for the sustainable materials supplier and its US partners.

  • May, 2016

SPI USA designs an Open Innovation Strategy for a leading Sustainable Material supplier

SPI USA was contracted by a leading Sustainable Material supplier, to design an Open Innovation Strategy to foster international R&D collaborations. SPI USA worked with the client representatives through an iterative process to identify the most promising R&D opportunities by aligning the research fields of highest priority for the client with the interests of potential international R&D partners.

  • March, 2016

SPI USA co-organizes and facilitates a workshop for the US Office of Naval Research Global

SPI USA co-organized and facilitated a workshop in Lisbon, Portugal, titled “Knowledge Exchange Forum on China-EU & China-US Collaborations in Science, Technology, and Innovation”. The two day event was funded by the United States Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global (ONR Global), under the project “Understanding Current State and Future Trends in Global Science and Technology Cooperation: Europe-China & US-China”. The workshop, including experts from Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) communities of China, Europe and the US, resulted in an improved understanding of the nature, dynamics, priorities, and trends in STI cooperation and existing STI collaborations between China and the EU and between China and the US. After the workshop, SPI USA delivered to ONR Global a proceedings report summarizing the key workshop points and potential next steps to fostering greater collaborative STI efforts.

  • September, 2015

SPI USA conducted a market opportunity and state-of-the-art assessment in regard to fiber-based products for the health sector

The service identified the leading developers of relevant garments and determined the level of market saturation. Patent search support was provided in order to identify the true opportunity for a specific material and application that is under development.

  • May, 2015

SPI USA supported a three day short-course on Innovation, which was held in Minsk - Belarus

In support of a European initiative, SPI USA led discussions on innovation and the triple helix model emphasizing the role of different entities within a national innovation system. The short-course was attended by senior officials from Eastern European countries with the objective to support the advancement of the bi-regional STI (Science, Technology, and Innovation) policy dialogue between the EU Member States/Associated Countries and the Eastern Partnership Countries.

  • November, 2014

SPI USA Completes Yet Another Contract with the United States Government

SPI USA completed its second contract with the U.S. Government Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) this year. SPI USA assessed the Egyptian postharvest technology market’s potential for U.S. exports. The assessment included the review of specific opportunities for U.S. technology exports. The seven projects SPI USA has completed for the USTDA have led to the U.S. Government supporting human capacity building, technical expertise and technology transfer in developing countries with an overall objective of increasing the capability within sectors that will improve the developing country citizen’s quality of life, such as the medical, cold chain and agriculture sectors.

  • August, 2014

SPI USA Provides Expert Support to the Indonesia Government for a Second Year

SPI USA provided expert support to the EU-Indonesia Trade Cooperation Facility with regard to a workshop on Industry-Research Collaboration Schemes in Bandung, Indonesia. This is the third Indonesian workshop in two years that SPI USA has provided the international expertise. In 2013, an SPI USA expert supported a workshop in Jakarta on research collaborations. The most recent workshop also focused on research collaborations with the objective of transferring international good practices to the Indonesian context. The workshop included senior government officials within the research, development and innovation (RDI) system of Indonesia from ministries such as the Ministry of Research & Technology and the Ministry of Finance. SPI USA presented good practice industry-research collaboration schemes from North America, Europe and Asia; and provided developing country examples that were related to the Indonesia context.

  • May, 2014

SPI USA Advises the United States Government on Telemedicine Technology Export Potential

SPI was contracted by the U.S. Government Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) to assess the Romanian urban telemedicine market opportunity for U.S. telemedicine related technologies. SPI USA analyzed the market and advised the USTDA on the potential opportunity for exports based on the current state of the market and factors that will influence the market in the near term. This is the 6th study SPI USA has conducted for USTDA concerning foreign markets and the potential for U.S. technology exports. In recent years, SPI USA conducted similar studies concerning various sectors in Albania, China, India, and Pakistan.

  • October, 2013

SPI USA conducts an assessment of industry-research collaborative program opportunities in Indonesia

SPI USA conducted an assessment of the industry-research collaborative opportunities in Indonesia on behalf of the Ministry of Research and Technology (RISTEK). The consultancy closed with a workshop on proven industry-research collaborative programs and the design parameters that made them successful.

  • May, 2013

SPI USA collaborates with SPI S.A. to develop a 9 sector production technology roadmap

SPI USA is collaborating with SPI S.A. (parent company located in Portugal) on developing production technology roadmaps for 9 sectors. The project is sponsored by PRODUTECH, a production technology association located in Portugal.

  • January, 2013

SPI USA establishes a collaboration with ACUSHLA Organic Olive Oil

SPI USA is collaborating with an organic olive oil producer from Portugal, ACUSHLA, to introduce the ACUSHLA product within the US market. ACUSHLA will have an exhibit at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco from January 19th to 21st.

  • November, 2012

SPI USA is collaborating with Mind S.A. on assessing market opportunities in India

SPI USA will be conducting a market assessment of potential opportunities in India on behalf of Mind S.A. Mind is a world leading footwear design and manufacturing software developer, which is represented by SPI USA within the US market.

  • May

    2012

SPI USA hosts an MBA study mission to Silicon Valley

SPI USA organized and conducted an MBA study mission to Silicon Valley for graduate students from a well established university in Portugal, ISCTE. The study mission involved visits with several start-up and well established companies, technology incubators, and venture capitalists. The students also held discussions with internationally recognized professors from entrepreneurship programs.

  • March

    2012

SPI USA collaborates with SPI S.A. on an IDB project in Peru

SPI USA is collaborating with SPI S.A. on an IDB funded project to provide assistance to the Peruvian Ministry of Finance. SPI USA will be assessing the impact Canon funds have on public research activities within Peru. The assessment will lead to recommended adjustments to Canon Law in order to create greater capability and capacity within the public research community.

  • December

    2011

SPI USA hosts an International Workshop on Commercialization of Research Results and the Utilization of Cluster Mapping

SPI USA organized and facilitated a workshop in Washington, DC, titled “Encouraging the Commercialization of Research Results and the Utilization of Cluster Mapping Through EU-US Collaborations. The three day event included internationally recognized leaders in technology spin-off support initiatives and cluster mapping from the United States and European Union. The workshop resulted in a clear action plan to establish transatlantic collaborations in the relevant areas.

  • September

    2011

SPI USA provides international support to a cluster of Spanish and Portuguese universities

SPI USA, in collaboration with SPI Espana, is developing an R&D strategy for the Campus do Mar, a Spanish-Portuguese center of excellence in ocean research. SPI USA will assist in establishing research collaborations between Campus do Mar and leading ocean research institutes in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, and China.

  • May

    2011

SPI USA hosts an MBA study mission to Silicon Valley

SPI USA organized and conducted an MBA study mission to Silicon Valley for graduate students from a well established university in Portugal, ISCTE. The study mission involved visits with several start-up and well established companies, technology incubators, and venture capitalists. The students also held discussions with internationally recognized professors from entrepreneurship programs.

  • February

    2011

SPI USA completes a research center strategy for the University of Vigo, Spain

SPI USA, in collaboration with SPI Espana, completed the AtlantTIC Research Center Strategy for the University of Vigo, Spain. The strategy defines the model of operation, required infrastructure, required organizational structure, as well as the financial requires. An important aspect of the strategy is the action plans that will lead to self-sustainability, if implemented and managed effectively.

  • August

    2010

SPI USA completes a USTDA sponsored mission to India

SPI USA conducted a Definitional Mission to India with the objective of identifying cold chain technology opportunities for US technology providers that would improve the capability and capacity of China’s cold chain infrastructure. SPI USA identified several technology opportunities, which were presented to USTDA with recommended next steps.

  • June

    2010

SPI USA’s supply sourcing support results in a 60% cost savings for a leading international agribusiness

SPI USA identified several raw material suppliers within North America. The suppliers were assessed for their ability to support the clients demand requirements and prioritized accordingly. SPI USA provided recommendations to the client, supported raw material testing requirements, and established initial negotiations between the client and the potential suppliers. SPI USA's support resulted in a more than 60% cost savings for the client.

  • May

    2010

USA and Coway establish a collaboration agreement to offer joint internationalization services for American clients

SPI USA will provide market expansion services and use its extensive network of business, government agencies and educational institutions to promote Coway to American firms and simultaneously facilitate market-entry to the Chinese market for American clients. Coway is a leading technology transfer and commercialization provider in China. Established in 2002, it is responsible for the business activities and operations of the International Technology Transfer Center (ITTC) at Tsinghua University.

  • January

    2010

SPI USA assists a leading CAD software company expand within the North America Market

SPI USA is representing Mind Technologies, a leader in shoe CAD software systems, within the North America Market. Over the last three years, Mind Technologies has significantly expanded their presence in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The company has several leading shoe companies based in the U.S. as Special Industry Partners. SPI USA provides local support to these companies on behalf of Mind Technologies, while expanding Mind Technologies' presence within the market.

  • September

    2009

SPI USA completes an extensive survey of the importance of non-tariff measures on African Agricultural and Food Exports

SPI USA experts coordinated an extensive survey and desk study on the importance of measures and factors, other than tariffs, which generate restrictions and limit agro-food trade between Africa and the EU. The study involved the entire African continent in general with specific surveys conducted in Uganda, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, South Africa, and Morocco. The project resulted in a detailed report submitted to the European Commission.

  • April

    2009

Business Consulting - Supplier Strategic Assistance

This project analyzed market conditions, product availability, quality, price, as well as vendor reputation, capacity, and logistics among other important supplier assessment criteria for an international fertilizer manufacturer. SPI USA recommended and prioritized potential suppliers based on its assessment of the market.

For more information regarding SPI USA’s Business and Technology Consulting Services, please download our Statement of Qualifications.

  • April

    2009

Business Consulting - U.S. Market Representative

This project seeks to bring an international software developer together with potential clients for high-level meetings discussing products, sales, and the future software development needs of the clients. SPI USA is leveraging its network of contacts and its experience in business consulting to approach the American firms on behalf of the software developer.

For more information regarding SPI USA’s Business and Technology Consulting Services, please download our State of Qualifications.

  • March

    2009

SPI USA - One Year in DC

The Washington, DC office serves as SPI USA, Inc.’s headquarters. Its central city location, just off Farragut Square, puts SPI USA in easy reach of the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, U.S. Government Agencies, and the greater international development system.

  • January

    2009

China Cold Chain DM

The Definitional Mission (DM), sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, focused on the highly popoulated areas of Shanghai and Guangzhou, and assessed China’s cold chain infrastructure with an emphasis on developing the national, regional, and local capacity of the cold chain as well as increasing American exports dependent upon cold chain technology. The mission identified and developed three future projects to be sponsored by the USTDA aimed at achieving the dual goals of development and trade expansion along the cold chain.

It was the third DM successfuly completed by SPI USA at the behalf of USTDA and the second in the field of Cold Chain, following another conducted in India in 2006.

For more information about SPI USA’s Agribusiness Development work, please download our Statement of Qualifications.

For more information on SPI USA’s services in China, please download our brochure.