According to him, in 2005 the ISTC, Stepanov’s Institute of Physics (Belarus) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (Germany) have founded an international optic laboratory in Minsk, the only one in the EECA. Advanced equipment for research in optics, diagnostics and non-destructive testing has been purchased.
Owing to this cooperation, the scientists managed to make several important achievements in the use of solar energy, steel hardness testing, biotechnology. The issue of setting up a company in Singapore which would manufacture the products based on these technologies is being considered.
The Fraunhofer-Stepanov Joint Laboratory for Optical Diagnostics is the first example of an international cooperation in scientific programs in this area. The laboratory was founded for the implementation of research programmes through the cooperation between the Fraunhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (Germany) and National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Stepanov’s Institute of Physics.