Smart manufacturing alliance formed to transform Taiwan companies

10/06/2020 06:59 PM
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Vice President Lai Ching-te (center, facing right). CNA photo Oct. 6, 2020
Vice President Lai Ching-te (center, facing right). CNA photo Oct. 6, 2020

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) Two major industrial associations on Tuesday announced the formation of a smart manufacturing alliance aimed at helping local companies with digital transformation and building Taiwan into a high-end manufacturing hub in Asia.

The Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI) and the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (TEEMA) made the announcement at a ceremony marking the establishment of the Taiwan Smart Manufacturing Alliance, which was attended by Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德).

Lai praised the setting up of the alliance as coming at the right time with the right people and right conditions, saying that the partnership between the two major associations marked a juncture in Taiwan's economic development when the world is being ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the trade war between the United States and China.

In a statement, the two associations said the alliance is committed to assisting the digital transformation of local small and medium-sized businesses at a time when the global supply chain and industrial upgrading are being shaken under the influence of COVID-19 and the U.S.-China trade dispute.

According to TAMI Chairman Ko Pa-hsi (柯拔希), the alliance will create new business opportunities and explore new trends for Taiwanese companies with cloud-based services.

The alliance will use the strength of Taiwan's industry clusters to intensify the transformation of local equipment makers and manufacturers, and will boost cooperation between the industry and academic sectors to help turn Taiwan into a high-end manufacturing center in Asia, Ko said.

In addition to providing smart solutions for local companies, Ko continued, the alliance will develop a public cloud computing platform and pool the resources of its members to develop smart manufacturing-based software to boost their international competitiveness.

Apart from more than 20 equipment makers and manufacturers, members of the alliance include the Industrial Technology Research Institute, the Institute for Information Industry, the Precision Machinery Research & Development Center and the Metal Industries Research & Development Center.

So far, several members of the alliance have developed a combined total of 45 software programs and are testing them on the cloud computing platform.

By the end of the year, 98 software programs are expected to have been tested on the platform, which should allow some local companies to conduct their own test runs over the next year prior to its official opening in 2022.

(By Flor Wang and Chong Jong-feng)

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