VP Lai touts Taiwan’s smart machinery capabilities

The public and private sectors will continue cooperating closely in promoting Taiwan’s smart machinery capabilities while raising the country’s industrial profile in the international arena, according to Vice President Lai Ching-te Nov. 24.

Smart machinery is one of the engines powering Taiwan’s economic growth and national development, Lai said. At the forefront of this drive are the country’s manufacturers, many of whom made significant contributions to ramping up surgical mask production during COVID-19, he added.

Lai made the remarks during a visit to the Global Smart Machinery Development Center and the Intelligent Manufacturing Pilot Productions Site in central Taiwan’s Taichung City. The facilities were launched in 2018 during Lai’s tenure as premier.

According to Lai, the government will continue harnessing the synergies of the country’s manufacturing clusters spanning such industries as electronics, smart machinery and semiconductors.

This approach is building Taiwan into a global top-end manufacturing hub, as well as paving the way for deeper collaboration with other countries in restructuring supply chains amid socioeconomic challenges stemming from coronavirus and shifting geopolitics, Lai said.

Smart machinery is one of the high-growth sectors targeted under the government’s five-plus-two innovative industries plan. The farsighted initiative is fostering the national development of the biotech and pharmaceuticals, green energy, national defense and Internet of Things sectors, as well as the circular economy and a new paradigm for agricultural development. (YCH-E)

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