Taiwan faces many challenges in industrial transformation and upgrade due to the impact of innovation in manufacturing, such as advanced materials and circular economy, which was brought by technological developments. In the light of this, Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC) held a press conference on high-value materials and high quality life with support from the Department of Industrial Technology, Ministry of Economic Affairs on December 5, 2017. MIRDC invited numerous partners in the industrial sector to share collaborative research results, including Mr. Song-Jau Tsai, Vice President at the Technology Division of China Steel Corp., Mr. Hung-I Liu, President of Honley Auto Parts Co., Ltd., Mr. Shu-Ken Tsai, Chairman of Lite Materials Technology Co., Ltd., Mr. Jung-Pin Wu, Chairman of Boltun Corporation, Mr. Hsi-Chia Ke, Chairman of Chung Cheng Faucet Co., Ltd., Mr. Ching-Wei Tung, Factory Chief of Hocheng Corporation, Mr. Liang-Jen Chang, Chairman of Okuma Fishing Tackie Co., Ltd., and Mr. Jung-Kui Chen, Assistant Vice President of Hua-chuang Automobile Information Technical Center Co., Ltd.
The results presented by MIRDC were divided into three themes, application of green energy, technology applications in daily life, and humanistic health care, including aluminum conductor for power devices, wind turbine bolts, anti-dezincification unleaded brass, and Nitinol shape memory alloy. These key metal materials are exactly what the industry needs. The strategy of localized material manufacturing (from 0 to A) and innovation in industrial chain (from A to A+) will be implemented in the development and promotion of high-value metal materials, so as to increase the value of Taiwan's key industries.
Dr. Ta-Sheng Lo, Director-General of the DOIT, pointed out that the metal materials industry is the foundation of all industries, and that future industrial development relies on the strong support of metal materials. Taiwan has been developing its metal materials industry for over 40 years, and total output value of fabricated metal products industry in the mid and downstream surpassed NT$2.3 trillion in 2015, making it one of the nation's key industries with output value exceeding NT$1 trillion.
Dr. Ren-Yi Lin, Chairman of the MIRDC, indicated that the results in plumbing, hot stamping, and titanium alloy industries show the MIRDC's years efforts in linking up-, mid- and down-stream industries together. This has not only led to industrial applications of technologies, but also upgraded the overall industry. At present, 46 companies have made investments totaling NT$2.3 billion, and created output value of up-, mid- and down-stream industries reaching NT$80 billion. MIRDC has effectively played its part as a key catalyst, created a booming advanced materials industry, and promoted advanced research and development in industries of Taiwan.