Plans afoot to turn central Taiwan into smart machinery hub

  • Date: 2016-07-21
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

The  government  aims  to  forge  Taiwan  into  a  global  manufacturing  hub  for  intelligent  machinery  and  high-end  equipment  parts,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  said  today  at  a  Cabinet  meeting.

The  premier  made  the  remarks  after  a  briefing  by  the  Ministry  of  Economic  Affairs  (MOEA)  on  a  program  on  intelligent  machinery—one  of  five  major  innovative  industries  promoted  by  President  Tsai  Ing-wen.  The  program  seeks  to  integrate  and  inject  innovative  research  into  the  industry  while  building  the  type  of  know-how,  experience  and  technical  services  that  the  market  requires,  Lin  said.

The  industry  mainly  focuses  on  the  production  front,  but  distribution  channels  and  branding  are  also  important,  the  premier  said.  He  asked  agencies  to  map  out  complementary  measures  that  help  businesses  in  creating  international  brands  and  reaching  global  markets.

The  MOEA  said  it  will  introduce  the  appropriate  technologies  based  on  Taiwan’s  information  and  communications  technology  strengths  as  well  as  the  agency’s  experiences  in  promoting  precision  machinery.  The  program  employs  three  strategies:

Connect  with  local  industries  
The  program  will  build  a  global  smart  machinery  hub  centered  on  Taichung  City  and  surrounded  by  Changhua,  Yunlin  and  Chiayi.  By  integrating  central  and  local  government  resources,  building  an  industry  platform,  and  incorporating  urban  planning  concepts,  the  MOEA  hopes  to  make  the  region  a  pilot  development  zone  for  the  intelligent  machinery  industry.

Connect  with  the  future
The  MOEA  aims  to  develop  an  Industrial  Internet  of  Things,  promoting  intelligent  information  systems  that  link  users,  machine  and  products  while  enhancing  information  flow  between  suppliers  and  buyers.  The  program  will  also  find  solutions  for  linking  different  factories  primarily  in  the  aerospace  and  semiconductor  industries,  as  well  as  in  intelligent  transportation,  green  motor  vehicles,  energy,  machinery,  electronic  information,  metal  vehicles,  food  and  textiles.  

Other  efforts  include  developing  Taiwan’s  own  machinery  technologies  and  applications,  and  creating  import  substitutes  for  semiconductor  equipment,  smart  motor  vehicles  and  intelligent  robots.  The  program  will  also  strengthen  interdisciplinary  cooperation  on  aerospace  machine  tools,  build  clusters  by  integrating  different  divisions  of  the  industry,  conduct  field  trials  to  verify  operability,  and  export  Taiwan’s  systems  integration  solutions.

Connect  with  the  world
The  MOEA  will  strengthen  bilateral  collaborations  with  Europe,  the  United  States  and  Japan  to  import  advanced  technologies  and  team  up  with  global  players.  It  will  also  expand  markets  by  exporting  systems  integration  solutions  and  marketing  Taiwan’s  machine  tools  and  aerospace  intelligent  machines.  Resources  across  different  ministries  will  be  combined  to  help  the  industry  tap  new  markets  abroad.