TAIPEI–With the opening of the 2013 Taiwan Nano Week and Exhibition at the Taipei World Trade Center Wednesday, an industry expert said Taiwan is ranked fourth in the world in terms of the number and share of granted nanotechnology patents in 2012. Wu Chung-yu, head of the National Program on Nanotechnology (NPNT), said that nanotechnology is expected to be a main driver for the technology industry. Wu said that currently, the European Union, the United States, Germany, Japan and South Korea are mapping out plans for the development of nanotechnology by 2020. The NPNT was initiated in 2003 and since the plan entered the second phase of implementation in 2009, the country has earmarked up to NT$14.6 billion (US$494.14 million) in budget for the plan and has published 6,100 nanotechnology-related articles in international journals, while having won 1,500 patents, according to Wu.
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 area. Wu expressed hope that the industry’s production value can breach 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 event will run until Oct. 4.