On Tuesday, February 22, 2022, the “Inauguration of the Construction of a Natural Colored Powder Mini Plant (TANNIN) from Merbau Bark Waste (Intsia Bijuga) was held”. This event took place in Multimedia Room 1, UGM Central Building (Balairung) 3rd Floor North Wing, Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta. The inauguration at the Central Building was attended by limited offline and online participants through zoom meetings. This natural dye product is the result of an innovation from the Indonesia Natural Dye Institute, Universitas Gadjah Mada ( INDI-UGM ). INDI UGM is a multidisciplinary research group that has long experience in research, education, production, and application of natural dyes in society. Currently, it has developed in a multidisciplinary and institutionalized manner within the Indonesia Natural Dye Institute (INDI-UGM). INDI UGM is also the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Science and Technology (PUI-PT) in the field of Natural Dyes in Indonesia.
In this activity, the INDI-UGM research team carried out the program together with partner CV Karui Jayapura. This collaboration is in order to build a miniplant for the production of natural dye powder (tannin) from Merbau wood sawdust. This program involves 6 researchers, DUDI researchers, 6 research assistants, and 25 undergraduate students. No exception also involved 2 students from the Faculty of Forestry, University of Ottow Geissler Jayapura. So the inauguration of this mini plant is to socialize the existence of this mini-plant to the wider community. This is in order to foster pride in the work of the nation’s children who contribute to the development of a healthy generation and national sovereignty. This event will also mark the start of the production of natural dye powder through this mini-plant.
Starting the inauguration ceremony, Prof. Dr. Ir. Edia Rahayuningsih, MS, as the Head of the Research Team and Chair of INDI-UGM gave a report related to this program. In his report, he said that there was a need for a pentahelix synergy to take advantage of this research product. This is of course to build a healthy generation and national sovereignty. In addition, he also said that various parties needed assistance in product commercialization as well as assistance from various partners, both business, government , and also the media. In addition, at the inauguration, Ir. Nizam, M.Sc., DIC., Ph.D., IPU., Asean Eng. as Plt. Director General of Higher Education Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. In his speech he said that this program can be a collaboration between campuses to produce various useful products. Colleges can collaborate with industry peers. This is to be able to compete on a local and global scale.
Furthermore, the main event, namely the Chancellor of Gadjah Mada University, symbolically inaugurated the construction of the Mini Plant Natural Coloring Powder (TANNIN) from Merbau Bark Waste (Intsia Bijuga). In his remarks he congratulated and also felt proud of the work of INDI researchers to be able to produce mini-plants. This research is one of the real examples of research from Gadjah Mada University which is multidisciplinary and can be used directly to produce commercial products that have an impact on the community’s economy. He hopes that with this mini-plant UGM will be better known by the public and can improve UGM’s reputation.
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