By promoting TDPs, DoIT fulfills its mission to pursue multifaceted innovation through R&D, promote industrial upgrading & transformation, enhance the nation’s competitiveness and create national economic well-being. Guided by the road map of national technology development policy and the prevailing industry trends, DoIT’s TDPs are focused on smart technology, green energy technology, smart manufacturing, and well-being and services innovation to achieve its overall goals of helping the industry optimize its added-value and its position in the global market through structural transformation.
DoIT has endeavored to provide a better living environment and a more efficient service by leveraging Taiwan’s high-quality ICT technologies. The new measures are guided by major policies as follows:
- 。Taiwan Productivity 4.0 Initiative
- 。Four Intelligent Industries – Intelligent Green Building Promotion Development Program
- 。National ICT Development Program
- 。Action Plan for Upgrading and Transformation of Industry: The policy aims at developing next generation wireless broadband technology and applications, as well as promoting telematics industrial technology R&D and applications
These measures are focused on 6 major themes, including (1) Key smart electronic technologies, (2) Applied technologies of IoT, (3) Applied technologies of digital convergence services, (4) Applied technologies of next-generation telecommunications and services, (5) Advanced display and lighting systems and technologies, and (6) Innovative incubation industry and business transformation.
These themes are implemented via (1) advancing technological depth, (2) establishing wireless broadband telecom infrastructure, (3) honing next generation telecommunications technology expertise, (4) creating an emerging digital convergence industry, and (5) incubating start-up companies to establish Taiwan as a major exporter of emerging telecommunication equipment and innovative application services, driving related industries to upgrade and become knowledge-based services providers.
Green Energy Technology
With global attention increasingly turned to climate change, energy conservation and carbon reduction, development of green technology and renewable energy industry have become one of the policy priorities of many countries in planning for the future. Taiwan’s government laid out the policy measures as follows: Six emerging industries (including the Green Energy Development Program), Four emerging intelligent industries (including the Intelligent Electric Vehicle Development Strategy) and Phase II of the National Energy Program (NEP II), leveraging Taiwan’s knowhow and manufacturing capability in sectors such as ICT, electronics, metals, composite materials, electronic control, etc.
These measures are focused on the following themes:
- 。Technologies of intelligent vehicles and electric cars
- 。Large format energy storage device and system technologies
- 。CIGS solar cell technologies
- 。Ships and equipment technology in construction and maintenance period for offshore wind farm development
- 。High efficiency LED lighting technology
- 。Eco-friendly manufacturing and equipment technologies
- 。Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (AEMFC) technology
These themes are being implemented by developing clean energy technologies such as photovoltaic, lighting display, intelligent electric vehicle technologies and strategic planning of intellectual property deployment. Taiwan strives to become a key supplier of green energy technologies and systems, while actively developing carbon reduction related material, technology, equipment, product application and validation technology and services to strengthen its industrial competitiveness in the global market.
Smart Manufacturing Technology
Taiwan's industrial growth has been mainly powered by the manufacturing sector. Product upgrades and technology advances have been driven by the direction of upstream activities, e.g. manufacturing of raw materials and components. In its effort to upgrade and transform the manufacturing and services industries to push forward on higher added-value, precision manufacturing, smart products and automation, it is necessary to draw from the country’s technological expertise in metals, motors, lasers, and shipbuilding. At the same time, DoIT also endeavors to build value creation R&D clusters (each with unique local characteristics), boost competitiveness through specialization, nurture a service mindset, and develop an innovative business model, all for the purpose of kick-starting the manufacturing services industry.
Based on Taiwan Productivity 4.0 Initiative and the policies of strengthening the Industrial Fundamental Technology Development Program, the Action Plan for the Upgrading and Transformation of Industry: rejuvenation of traditional industries and Energy saving electric car key module technology, DoIT set the following themes to advance smart manufacturing:
- 。Develop industry fundamental technologies
- 。High-value metals technology
- 。Laser system and application technology
- 。CNC controller technology
- 。Innovative and value-added technology for traditional industry
- 。Advanced manufacturing technology
These themes are implemented to build an efficient industrial supply chain, i.e. from upstream materials down to manufacturing, automation and services offering, with manufacturing being the core activities. The strategy is to boost the twin-engines of manufacturing and service through improving industrial common and fundamental technologies, integrating innovative service models, as well as developing smart equipment and key components.
Using innovation technology to improve quality of life is an important topic for various governments in formulating S&T policy. DoIT has set forth policies to be implemented via (1) The National Research Program for Biopharmaceuticals (NRPB), (2) Phase II of the National Program on Nano Technology (NPNT), (3) Action Plan for Biotechnology Takeoff, and (4) Action Plan for the Upgrading and Transformation of Industry. In addition, guidelines were set to address food safety, energy conservation & carbon reduction, and higher industrial added-value.
These policy measures and guidelines are focused on the following themes:
- 。Innovative and smart medical technology
- 。New drugs with high profit margin
- 。Biotechnology-derived protein drugs
- 。Food and bioresources
- 。Material chemistry and nanotechnology
- 。Textile technology
The implementation of these measures are intended to assist Taiwan’s medical and biotechnology industry as well as the livelihood industry to upgrade the domestic bio-pharma industry, and assure healthy and quality living by developing new drugs and medical devices, health/diet supplements, and advanced textile materials.
Leveraging the strengths of Taiwan’s ICT technology, Taiwan’s medical devices and pharmaceutical industry stands a good chance to compete in the global market by developing innovative medical equipment & assistive devices; advancing R&D in biotechnology; cultivating new drugs and strengthening food safety certification process.
As ICT applications continue to evolve, worldwide service industries have reached the point of structural change, due to the need to enhance their soft power while striving for more added-value. Taiwan enjoys an edge on ICT. The Technology Development Programs are operated under Taiwan’s national industrial policy (twin-engines of technology & services), and also in conjunction with other policy measures such as:
- 。Four emerging intelligent industries - cloud computing applications and industrial development
- 。Economic Power-Up Plan – upgrade the service industry with technology and internationalization
- 。Upgrading and Transformation of Industry Innovation- value added with aesthetic design
These policy measures focus on the following themes: (1) Big data technologies and applications, (2) ICT enabled service and innovation, (3) Dechnology (Design + Technology), (4) Cloud development testing platform technology and service, and (5) The operation and demonstration of Living Labs. These themes are aimed to integrate resources from various agencies, conceive concepts for cloud-based smart living for the future, induce the formation of a cloud computing industrial chain, pioneer new services business opportunities, plan technology R&D and enterprise counseling, and effect user experience of services content.
Additional measures are adopted to enable Taiwan to become Asia-Pacific’s role model for innovative technology applications and the future-oriented/technology driven services value chain. These measures include:
- 。Construct smart living sites
- 。Raise the abilities of ICT players on problem solving and consulting
- 。Induce new R&D funding from ICT industry players
- 。Replicate successful business service models
- 。Accelerate the proliferation of emerging service businesses with potential in the global market