Taiwan ranked as the world’s fourth-largest nanotechnology patent holder last year, an industry expert said at the opening of the Taiwan Nano Week and Exhibition yesterday at the Taipei World Trade Center.
Wu Chung-yu (吳重雨), head of the National Program on Nanotechnology, said that nanotechnology is expected to be a main driver for the technology industry.
The EU, the US, Germany, Japan and South Korea are mapping out plans for the development of nanotechnology by 2020, Wu said.
The National Program on Nanotechnology was initiated in 2003 and entered its second phase of implementation in 2009, with a budget of NT$14.6 billion (US$494.14 million), Wu said.
It has published 6,100 nanotechnology-related articles in international journals and won 1,500 patents, Wu said.
Nearly NT$14.5 billion has been invested in 860 nanotechnology transfer projects, 630 of which have been completed, Wu said, adding that an initiative for a brokerage of technology transfers has recently been launched to encourage innovation in the field.
Wu expressed hope that the industry’s production value could reach NT$1 trillion.
This year’s nanotechnology exhibition highlights a theme pavilion of nano-innovation for nanotechnology and products that include nanoelectronics and optoelectronics techniques, energy and environmental applications, instrument and equipment development, biomedical and agricultural applications, nanomaterials and traditional industry, nanotechnology education and training, and advanced studies of nanoscience and technology, according to an event organizer.
The exhibition ends tomorrow.