Taiwan holds a solid position as a global leader in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry, hosting most of the world’s top integrated circuit foundries. Although chip production provides the island nation with a strong financial base, government, business, and academic leaders would like to see it move into additional technology sectors. Taiwan robot investments could protect the country against downturns in the cyclical semiconductor market as well as exploit new and potentially lucrative opportunities.
Asian companies and governments have long recognized how robotics, autonomous systems, and artificial intelligence can lead to economic growth. Taiwan’s automation strategy relies on its emergence as a global robotics producer.
In addition, Taiwan hopes to apply robotics across a wide range of sectors and make mutually beneficial international collaborations for development and manufacturing. This article is the first of two to examine Taiwan robot plans.
The expansion of Taiwan’s robotics industry is supported by extensive government-industry-academia collaboration. During the past decade, the government has sponsored a number of research and development projects as part of its 2005 Intelligent Robot Industry Development Strategy and 2007 Intelligent Robot Industry Development Acceleration Strategy.
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