The first international-level car crash test lab in Taiwan and Southeast Asia was officially inaugurated yesterday in Changhua.
Presiding over the inauguration ceremony of the lab, Premier Yu Shyi-kun said that if the nations wants to compete with other countries, it must upgrade its industry by making up for its deficiency in research and development, as well as marketing.
He added that the inauguration of the crash test lab marks a giant step forward in the nation's automotive industry.
Minister of Economic Affairs Ho Mei-yueh (何美玥), who also attended the ceremony, said the nations has a big opportunity to develop the Asian automotive industry.
The lab's inauguration will enable the nation to go beyond the manufacture of car parts and components to build complete cars, Ho said. It will also help to integrate the steel, machinery and module sectors related to the automotive industry.
The lab has been set up by the Automotive Research and Training Center (ARTC). The center will pursue test standard comparisons with overseas labs of the same nature and will seek mutual certification with other countries.
The ARTC aims at assisting the development and upgrading of automobile and related industries, as well as protection of driving safety and consumer rights by offering internationally credible services of inspection and testing of cars and related components and parts.