In April 2013, MIRDC signed a letter of intent for strategic alliance with the Chinese Assistive Device Industry Cross Strait Exchange Association, with the following aims: to promote cross-strait exchanges of product promotions and technologies in assistive device industry; to establish cross-strait platforms for product testing and certification as well as related standards; to improve quality of assistive devices; and to promote industrial research and cooperation, thereby enhancing the overall competitiveness of the industries concerned.
In March 2013, MIRDC’s 2012 final accounts registered a positive balance of NT$63.69 million against a total income of NT$ 2,205.5 million and a total expenditure of NT$2,141.8 million.
In March 2013, MIRDC signed an agreement on collaboration with China Steel to effectively utilize technological capacities of both sides and to improve impacts of R&D in equipment and parts and components.
In February 2013, MIRDC renewed two of its existing items and secured two new testing items for sanitary ware performance certification from California Energy Commission (CEC), thereby assisting domestic water ware manufactures from Taiwan in overcoming non-tariff barriers and making entry into California market.
In January 2013, MIRDC signed with international certification institute UL a collaboration agreement on medical devices and systems certifications as well as a MOU on exchange of technical documents for medical device quality system certification, in the hope of achieving mutual recognition of certifications by both parties.
On January 11, 2013, MIDRC signed a MOU on collaboration with Hong Kong Productivity Center to promote the development of metal production processes and equipment technologies in Hong Kong and Taiwan and to strengthen the applications of technology achievements for productivity gains.
January 18, 2013 marked the inauguration of MIRDC’s new Motor Research and Inspection Center: a demonstration production line based on the core concept of integrated design and production, that offers a comprehensive mass-production environment complete with mass-production simulation, design, prototyping, assembly and property testing of final products. This center is expected to effectively reduce R&D costs and time-to-market for manufacturers and to expedite the process of meeting commercialization requirements by conducting property testing and safety standard certification.
MIRDC, with its consulting services, assisted Advanced International Multitech Co. in successfully securing SGS carbon footprint verification (CFV). CFV was conducted on two golf heads produced separately by precision casting and polished welded Titanium plate to investigate differences of carbon footprint across manufacturing processes, and the third-party verification process was concluded by SGS on Dec. 20, 2012.
As of end of 2012, MIRC has employed a total of 820 people, including 5 in senior management, 439 in R&D, 161 in administration, 12 in management, 36 technicians, 104 contract-based people and 63 dispatched employees.
MIRDC signed a strategic alliance agreement with National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences as a reference framework for effectively utilizing technical talents and academic resources of both parties and for collaboratively promoting technological development and advancing industrial technologies.