Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) visited Kaohsiung County yesterday to attend the opening of a research and development (R&D) center run by Atotech, part of the chemical branch of the French oil and gas group Total.
Addressing a ceremony held at the Atotech R&D Center, Siew welcomed the French company’s decision to operate service laboratories and an advanced technology center in Taiwan that would offer environmentally friendly products and services to local high-technology industries.
The green products and technologies would help secure the Earth’s sustainable development and help Taiwan build a solid foundation for industrial restructuring, Siew said.
Saying Atotech’s expanded operations in Taiwan indicated the company’s confidence in the country, Siew expressed the hope that Atotech would continue to increase its investment here.
Kaohsiung County Commissioner Yang Chiu-hsing (楊秋興), who also spoke at the inauguration ceremony, expressed his appreciation to Atotech Taiwan for locating its R&D center in Kaohsiung County’s Southern Taiwan Environmental Science and Technology Park.
Andy Huang (黃盛郎), managing director of Atotech Taiwan, said the company attached great importance to environmental protection and hoped the R&D center will make valuable contributions to Taiwan’s economic development.
Atotech is one of the world’s largest suppliers of specialty chemicals, processes and equipment for the semiconductor, electronics and surface finishing industries.