Vice-Minister Jovita Neliupšienė of Lithuania’s Ministry of the Economy and Innovation led a delegation to visit ITRI on June 14th. The group was received by ITRI President Edwin Liu and Executive Vice President Pei-Zen Chang and engaged in discussion on the cooperation in semiconductor and laser industries.
The Lithuania delegation’s tour in Taiwan follows ITRI’s last visit to Lithuania in March and is part of the action plans of the first Lithuania-Taiwan Economic Dialogue Conference held in May. This visit offers an opportunity to boost Lithuania’s understanding of ITRI’s technological achievements in the semiconductor field, which can be complementary to their current focus on basic research. Talks also centered on possibilities for ITRI to share its experience in promoting industrialization to assist Lithuania in enhancing its R&D capacities, establishing a semiconductor industry chain, and cultivating related talent.
President Liu commented that Lithuania is a world leader in laser technology and accounts for more than half of the global market of picosecond laser spectrometers, while Taiwan is home to the world’s most advanced wafer manufacturing technology. “The cooperation between ITRI and Lithuania will form a strategic partnership and bring the best of each other to boost semiconductor developments,” he said.
Vice-Minister Neliupšienė expressed her appreciation to ITRI for arranging the visit. She believes that Lithuania’s strengths in the laser and optoelectronics industries can create many opportunities in the partnership with Taiwan, and she hopes that both sides can maximize their own advantages to forge a bilateral cooperation platform.
In recognition of Lithuania’s critical role in laser technology and precision components, ITRI and the Lithuanian Laser Association previously established a Taiwan-Lithuania laser industry joint working group to promote laser technology applications. Taiwan has also introduced ultrafast laser sources from Lithuania to drive various technological developments. It is hoped that the continued joint efforts can forge the establishment of a resilient laser supply chain in Asia.
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