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Taiwan: The smart card

| Author / Editor: Ahlam Rais, Associate Editor Machine Market India / Franziska Breunig

Taiwanese and German delegates at the Smart Machinery Forum.
Taiwanese and German delegates at the Smart Machinery Forum. (Source: Industrial Development Bureau)

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The government of Taiwan has recognised the need to adopt smart manufacturing technologies now in order to grow in the manufacturing market in the long term.

In today’s world where economies are becoming stagnant and countries are looking out for business opportunities to sustain and grow their respective economies, Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-Wen is strongly emphasising on smart machinery for the economic development of the island country.

Taiwan is already the seventh largest manufacturer of machine tools in the world, according to the recent TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council) Report. It is also the fifth largest exporter of machine tools and components and exports to around 138 markets such as China (including Hong Kong), the United States, Thailand, Turkey, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia and the Netherlands. But to continue this upward growth, it must be in sync with its global competitors by developing smart machines and exploring the Industry 4.0 concept.

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Industry 4.0

The government intends to insert the Industry 4.0 concept in its small and medium-sized industries too. For this purpose, the government has also introduced an integrated platform for Industry 4.0. This is not all! Another significant step in this direction was recently undertaken when a delegation from Taiwan went to Germany to explore the ‘Industry 4.0’ concept and promote technical exchanges and co-operation with German technical firms.

The delegation was organised by Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) and consisted members from Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry, Taiwan Machine Tool & Accessories Builder’s Association, Metal Industries Research and Development Centre, Precision Machinery Research & Development Center, and Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). They also visited and interacted with some of the leading companies in this arena such as DMG-Mori, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Lenze SE and Bosch Rexroth, as well as the city government of Bremen, which is now claimed to be the fifth industrial city in Germany.

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Memorandum of understanding signed

In addition to this, the delegation also attended the second Taiwan-Germany Smart Machinery Forum that was held in Taipei. At the event, Siemens and Fair Friend Group, one of Taiwan’s leading machine tool makers signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) concerning technical co-operation on smart manufacturing. IDB’s Leu, Taipei representative to Germany, Shieh Jhy-Wey, and a Sachsen state government representative Ralf Borchers were also present at this venture.

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