Aurora considers setting up branches in Taiwan

Staff writer, with CNA

Sat, Jul 20, 2013 - Page 14

US-based Aurora Imaging Technology Inc (Aurora) said yesterday that it is considering taking advantage of Taiwan’s well-established manufacturing industry and research capabilities to set up local branches.

The company is mulling both local factories and research centers to better integrate Taiwan’s manufacturing skills and technological know-how to cut costs, Aurora Asia International Inc president Huang Pai-jung (黃柏榮) said.

In addition, the company is hoping to work more closely with Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) to develop partnerships with both local academia, and the public and private sectors, Huang said.

Aurora could better reach the Asian market through establishing a full supply chain in Taiwan, especially in the production of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units, he added.

Global demand for breast-MRI screening units is worth NT$780 billion (US$26 billion), with China accounting for about 40 percent, Huang said.

The company has started searching for local partners to provide electrical parts, such as coils and power supply units, he said.

Shau Yio-wha (邵耀華), general director of ITRI’s biomedical technology and device research laboratories, said that Taiwan could also benefit from Aurora’s strategy to develop more high-end medical equipment.