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ITRI Celebrates Its 46th Anniversary

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ITRI Celebrates Its 46th Anniversary

ITRI held its 46th anniversary celebration on July 5th, 2019. High-ranking officials including the Minister of Economic Affairs Jong-Chin Shen, American Institute in Taiwan Director William Brent Christensen, and Executive Yuan Board of Science and Technology Executive Secretary Zse-Hong Tsai, were present at the ceremony, affirming ITRI’s achievements in developing innovative technology, nurturing outstanding talents, and driving industrial transformation.

ITRI celebrated its 46th anniversary on July 5th, 2019 in its headquarters.
ITRI celebrated its 46th anniversary on July 5th, 2019 in its headquarters.

Minister Shen stated that ITRI has played a key role in Taiwan’s industries for 46 years. It has bolstered the growth of the semiconductor industry and laid solid foundations for the development of LED, computer motherboards, automated production, and machine tool control. Up to now it has transferred technologies to 144 startups, cultivated over 140 CEOs, and has more than 25,000 alumni. Over the past three years, ITRI has cooperated with global partners from 36 countries. One of the collaborations is with international giant Merck, aiming to enhance Taiwan’s biopharma production competence and talent training. ITRI also assisted in promoting the government’s 5+2 Innovative Industries Plan by, for example, helping small- and medium-sized enterprises move towards smart manufacturing and develop green energy and sustainable environments.

 

AIT Director W. Brent Christensen remarked that ITRI was the world’s original innovation technology incubator and enabled Taiwan to make the transition from a manufacturing hub to a high-tech powerhouse. He pointed out that Taiwan is a trusted partner and therefore many major U.S. technology firms are substantially increasing their investments in Taiwan in advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and 5G. He also stated that closer U.S.-Taiwan technology cooperation will be launched in smart machinery, medical technology, and the circular economy. “The United States is proud to consider Taiwan, and in particular ITRI, as one of our closest partners as we work together to build a new digital world,” he said.

 

“ITRI is an important national asset for industrial innovation,” said Executive Secretary Tsai. He illustrated that ITRI has been working with other research institutes on major national technology projects and established alliances to link industry and academia to co-create optimal solutions in emerging industries like 5G, smart manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, AI accelerators, and more.

 

ITRI President Edwin Liu emphasized that ITRI has been dedicated to three strategies in the past year. First, it has been focusing on market-oriented R&D—the development of formaldehyde-free adhesives, for example, is a case that solves a pain point in daily life. Secondly, it has been acting as a bridge between academia and industry, local and global communities. Recently ITRI has even expanded cooperation with the world’s largest semiconductor equipment supplier. Moreover, with its excellence in patent influence, it has been named a Top 100 Global Innovator for the third time. Lastly, to assist in industrial transformation and upgrade, ITRI has joined hands with more than 50 companies to grasp business opportunities in AI chips. Dr. Liu added that as many Taiwanese businesses return home to invest, ITRI established a Taiwanese business service platform to identify the needs of the returning companies and direct their investment to what matters most to them, to where they can arm themselves with competitive advantages.

 

Minister of Economic Affairs Jong-Chin Shen (second left), ITRI President Edwin Liu (center), and Executive Yuan Board of Science and Technology Executive Secretary Zse-Hong Tsai (second right) at the 46th Anniversary Tech Showcase.
Minister of Economic Affairs Jong-Chin Shen (second left), ITRI President Edwin Liu (center), and Executive Yuan Board of Science and Technology Executive Secretary Zse-Hong Tsai (second right) at the 46th Anniversary Tech Showcase.
AIT Director W. Brent Christensen (far right) at the 46th Anniversary Tech Showcase.
AIT Director W. Brent Christensen (far right) at the 46th Anniversary Tech Showcase.