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American Technion Society to Establish Technological Center in Israel

December 16, 1959
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A plan to establish a Technological Center in Israel to accelerate the industrial development of that country was announced today at a press conference by Jacob R. Sensibar, newly-elected president of the American Technion Society.

Emphasizing “Israel’s urgent need to attain a balanced economy in the shortest possible time,” Mr. Sensibar said that the projected Technological Center would in effect be an extension of the Technion’s teaching and research functions. The Center would be under the auspices of the American Technion Society.

Under the plan, American business and industrial executives would exhibit molds, dyes and finished products of American manufacture at the Center, which would be located on the Technion’s campus. Israeli industrialists seeking to expand their manufacturing facilities would be able to study the American products on exhibit at the Center, and would be afforded opportunities to study the techniques of American manufacturing and distribution methods through direct meetings with the American exhibitors.

Dr. Ephraim Lahav, Scientific Counsellor to the Israel Embassy, who introduced Mr. Sensibar at the press conference, discussed the newly-signed agreement between the American firm, Fairbanks, Morse and Co., of Chicago, and the Israeli Ministry of Development, for the construction of a plant in Israel to desalt sea water.

“Israel, like our neighboring countries, must overcome a shortage of water to meet the rising need of food supply,” Dr. Lahav said. “If our desalting process will be as economic as is predicted by American and Israeli experts, fresh water may become available for all the waste lands in our region. The time may soon come when we will discuss new forms of collaboration with our neighbors who will, I hope, look upon the very existence of Israel as a blessing to the Middle East.”

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