ITRI, Trumpf to establish laser application center

09/02/2020 09:42 PM
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Front, from left to right: Trumpf Taiwan CEO Cheng Yung-chih, Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry Chairman Ko Pa-hsi and Wu Cheng-wen; Back: Axel Limberg (left) and Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua
Front, from left to right: Trumpf Taiwan CEO Cheng Yung-chih, Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry Chairman Ko Pa-hsi and Wu Cheng-wen; Back: Axel Limberg (left) and Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua

Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) will work with German industrial machine manufacturing company Trumpf to create a laser application center in Tainan, southern Taiwan, the institute said Wednesday.

Trumpf Taiwan CEO Cheng Yung-chih (鄭勇志), ITRI official Wu Cheng-wen (吳誠文) and Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry Chairman Ko Pa-hsi (柯拔希) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Wednesday to build the center, which is expected to be operational next year, according to the ITRI.

Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua (王美花) and Axel Limberg, who is the executive director of the German Trade Office in Taipei, were also present at the signing ceremony.

As laser technology has a wide range of applications, such as testing electronic equipment, creating semiconductors and machine tools, the center will be "an important milestone in the growth of Taiwan's machinery industry," Ko said at the ceremony.

This view was echoed by Wang, who told reporters that the last mile in Taiwan's machinery industry is laser technology.

By cooperating with Trumpf, a leading provider of the technology, the value of Taiwan's machinery industry can be enhanced, she said.

(By Liang Pei-chi and Chiang Yi-ching)

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