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* Building a Strong Foundation for Continued Growth * About ctspBuilding a Strong Foundation for Continued Growth *
      As of the end of 2008, 138 firms had applied to set up operations in the Central Taiwan Science Park, of which 102 (92 firms and 10 incubation centers) pledging to invest NT$1.7267 trillion (US$52.32 billion), had been accepted, approving to invest NT$1.7267 trillion (US$52.32 billion). Of these 92 firms, 28 are involved in optoelectronics, 34 in precision machinery, 10 in biotechnology, nine in integrated circuits, four in computer and peripherals, one in digital content, and six in other industries. There are now also 10 research facilities and business incubation centers in the Park. Having industrial clusters gradually forming in the Park is leading to greater competitiveness and innovation. As of the end of 2008, 60 firms and another six research organizations and incubation centers were up and running, while the other firms were still building their manufacturing facilities and preparing to launch their operations.

138 Firms Interested in Setting up in the Park (as of the end of 2008)


Investment Table (as of the end of 2008)


      From July 28, 2003, when AU Optronics first started building its facility in the Park, it took only 15 months of work before its 6th generation LCD panel factory became operational on October 27, 2004 in the 49.4-acre first phase factory area. This proud achievement was a result of close cooperation between government agencies and the private sector. By 2005, there were eight firms manufacturing in the Park, with an annual turnover of NT$60.89 billion (US$1.85 billion). In 2006, another 27 firms started their operations, pushing annual turnover to NT$178.516 billion (US$5.41 billion). In 2007, another 49 firms launched their operations, pushing annual turnover to NT$265.727 billion (US$8.05 billion).

102 Organizations Approved (as of the end of 2008)


Total Investment in CTSP by Industry

Industry No. of Firms Total Investment (NT$100 million) / (US$ million)
Integrated Circuits 9 9,353.88 / (28,350)
Optoelectronics 28 7,691.49 / ( 23,300)
Precision Machinery 34 100.70 / ( 305.20)
Biotechnology 10 21.91 / ( 66.40)
Computer and Peripherals 5 59.30 / ( 179.70)
Research institutes / Incubation Centers 10 28.73 / ( 87.10)
Others 6 10.63 / ( 32.21)
Total 102 17,266.64 / (52,320.61)
     In 2008, 60 firms started operations in the Park, pushing annual turnover up to NT$286.169 billion (US$8.67 billion). Of these, 17 are involved in optoelectronics, 25 in precision machinery, five in biotechnology, five in integrated circuits, two in computer and peripherals, and six in other categories. The optoelectronics firms had the largest combined turnover, at NT$223.438 billion (US$6.77 billion), 1.17% lower than in 2007. Integrated circuit makers followed with revenues of NT$55.082 billion (US$1.67 billion), 48.52% higher than in 2007, while the precision machinery firms were next with NT$6.683 billion (US$202.5 million) in turnover, an increase of 249.04% compared to 2007. Optoelectronics, integrated circuit and precision machinery firms had 78.08%, 19.25% and 2.34% shares of the Park's total turnover, respectively. The average annual turnover per employee in the Park was NT$13.8 million (US$418,181), a clear indication that the Park is having a very positive impact on the job market and economy of the Taichung area.

CTSP Turnover Figures for the Previous 3 Years

Industry/Turnover Turnover in 2006(US$ million) Turnover in 2007(US$ million) Turnover in 2008(US$ million) Turnover Growth    (%)
IC 934.70 1,123.88 1,669.15 48.52%
Computers and Peripherals 3.45 3.85 4.27 11.27%
Optoelectronics 4,439.30 6,850.90 6,770.85 -1.17%
Precision Machinery 26.55 58.03 202.52 249.04%
Biotechnology 0.00 0.21 2.45 1,015.87%
Other 5.58 15.48 22.55 45.63%
Total 5,409.58 8,052.35 8,671.79 7.69%

CTSP Turnover and Management Fees Table


*International Trade
     The Central Taiwan Science Park had total exports of NT$153.453 billion (US$4.65 billion) in 2008, of which NT$132.631 billion (US$4.019 billion) were directed at other Asian countries. Other destinations included North America (NT$4.649 billion/US$141 million), Europe (NT$15.176 billion/US$459.8 million), the Middle East (NT$537 million/US$16.3 million), Central America (NT$368 million/US$11.20 million), and South America (NT$92 million/US$2.70 million). Exports to Asian countries have been increasing annually, with optoelectronics leading the way. In terms of imports, the value of imported equipment has declined as Park companies have completed their factory installations. The 2008 Export/Import Table is as follows:
2008 Overseas Trade Statistics

Unit:(US$ million)


Exports Growth from previous year (%) Imports Growth from previous year (%) Total value of foreign trade Growth from previous year (%)
Asia 4,019.00 31.79% 2,918.91 165.65% 6,938.02 67.25%
N.America 141.00 -20.25% 1,018.76 66,233.90% 1,159.64 549.22%
Europe 459.80 1,269.69% 330.95 -91.16% 790.85 -79.06%
Middle East 16.30 -- 2.61 -- 18.88 --
Central America 11.20 -- 10.58 67.81% 21.73 244.82%
South America 2.70 -- 0 -- 2.79 --
Africa 0 -- 0 -- 0 --
Oceania 0 -- 0 -- 0 --
Total 4,650.00 42.65% 4,281.81 -11.70% 8,931.91 10.15%
     Integrated circuits, optoelectronics, and precision machinery products were the main exports in 2008, as the trade figures in the table below show:
2008 Import/Export Figures for the Top Six Industries

Unit:(US$ million)


Exports Growth from previous year (%) Imports Growth from previous year (%) Total value of foreign trade Growth from previous year (%)
IC 571.97 -36.83% 1,000.23 -57.20% 1,572.21 -51.51%
Computers and Peripherals 4,074.88 73.93% 3,270.88 30.19% 7,345.76 51.30%
Optoelectronics 2.70 -75.85% 7.27 -- 10.06 -13.86%
Precision Machinery 0.45 -- 0 -- 0.45 --
Biotechnology 0 -- 0.58 -- 0.85 --
Other 0 -- 2.58 -- 2.58 --
Total 4,650.00 42.65% 4,281.81 -11.70% 8,931.91 10.15%

*Distribution of Industries

         As of the end of 2008, 28 optoelectronics firms have invested a combined total of NT$769.149 billion (US$23.3 billion) in the Park. Among them are some of the top players in Taiwan's optoelectronics industry: AU Optronics, Corning, Nitto Optical, Chunghua Picture Tubes, Huga Optotech, and High Power. Upstream suppliers and downstream customers have followed these big international firms to the Park, and a local optoelectronics production chain is already well-established.

         Precision machinery has long been an industry associated with central Taiwan, and, with 34 firms, the industry is the best-represented in the Park. Precision machinery firms have invested a total of NT$10.07 billion (US$305.2 million) in the production of machines, machine parts, and machine tools for optoelectronics and integrated circuit factories, and since this hardware does not need to be transported far, costs are significantly lowered. The machinery firms also help to raise the degree of precision and add to the value of manufactured products, and having a large number of them clustered together guarantees enhanced competitiveness. It is expected that the continuing integration of the optoelectronics, integrated circuits, and precision machinery industries will stimulate the formation of more production chains involving other industries in the Park.

         Winbond Electronics, Promos Technologies, Rexchip, TSMC, Applied Materials Taiwan, and Service & Quality Technology are among the nine IC manufacturers in the Park that have invested NT$935.388 billion (US$28.30 billion) there. Five 12-inch wafer fabs belonging to Winbond Electronics, Promos Technologies, and Rexchip are already in operation. Fourteen 12-inch wafer fabs will eventually be built, turning the Park into one of the world's hot spots for semiconductor manufacturing.

        The Park Administration has also successfully attracted 10 biotechnology firms to the Park, including PharmaEssentia, Microware Precision, Singen Animal Health Industry , Orient Europharma, and Yushen. These 10 firms have invested a combined total of NT$2.191 billion (US$66.4 million) and have breathed new life into the local biotech industry.

        Manufacturing operations also need transport, management, and technical services, and there are now five companies providing such services in the Park. Three companies, Air Liquide Far Eastern, United Industrial Gases Co, and San Fu Gas Co., supply gases. Another company, Central Taiwan Science Park Logistic, provides logistical services, and Canon Semiconductor Equipment Taiwan provides machine maintenance for integrated circuit and flat panel LCD manufacturers.

        The four manufacturers of computer and peripherals in the Park are Forworld Electronics, Fomex Technology, Fulltech, Fulgent-tec. There is also one firm that creates digital content, Info-Link Services, and it is expected that the number of firms in these industries setting up facilities in the Park will gradually increase.

        The government has been actively promoting cooperation between academia and industry in order to stimulate corporate investment and technological development. As a result, many of the major tertiary education institutions in the Taichung area have applied to set up business incubation centers in the Park, including National Chung Hsing University, Chaoyang University, Feng Chia University, National Chi Nan University, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, National Yunlin University, National Formosa University, and Ming Dao University. These institutions have solid backgrounds in research and ample technological resources at their disposal, and are thus able to help small and medium enterprises maximize their utilization of technology. Research capabilities in the Park have also been given a big boost by having the Industrial Technology Research Institute, the Taiwan Sustainable Development Institute and the National Center for High-Performance Computing establish facilities there.

*Personnel Training
         In order to stimulate the development of advanced technologies and overcome the lack of well-trained technicians, the Park Administration asked the Tze Chiang Foundation of Science and Technology in 2008 to help implement the "Training Plan for Specialists and Technicians." The aim of the plan was to improve the technical knowledge of individuals employed in the Park and also to train locals with a view to being hired by the Park's firms. Eight training courses were offered in semiconductor and precision machinery technology, seven in optoelectronics technology, and five in operational management for high-tech industries. A total of 647 people – both factory personnel and local residents interested in pursuing a career in high-tech industries – attended these 20 courses, and 484 people attended an additional 10 lectures.

        Another attempt to address the shortage of suitably trained personnel, and to close the gap between academic knowledge and on-the-job experience, is the Park Administration's Science Park Personnel Training Subsidy Plan, which was first implemented during the 2007 spring semester. Subsidies totaling NT$12.2 million (US$0.37 million) were given to 11 schools in the Taichung area to allow them to offer 13 different model courses. These courses were attended by 540 students and were also offered during the 2008 school year.

*R&D Environment
      Central Taiwan has an abundance of R&D talent and resources, with 27 tertiary institutions conducting both theoretical and technical research. Of these, the eight universities and three R&D units that have established presences in the Park are playing an invaluable role in training personnel and providing expert advice to manufacturers.
Central Innovation and Incubation Center, Research and Development Department and Central Taiwan Science Park Support Chart


      Based in the nearby Taichung Industrial Park, the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre has helped raise the international competitiveness of the Park's manufacturers by providing reports of their research into production and management technology. Also based in the Taichung Industrial Park is the Precision Machinery Research & Development Center, which has provided advice on product safety, testing, standards, and QC technology. The center has also conducted certification of equipment testing, product testing, and QC systems to ensure that Park products do not have flaws that might hinder the marketing of them at home and abroad. The incubation centers set up by other colleges in the Taichung area not represented in the Park have also contributed to enriching the R&D environment to the advantage of local small and medium enterprises.

      Within the greater Taichung area are also a number of institutions that have vast experience with agricultural technology, in both teaching and research, and are thus able to offer technical advice and personnel training to biotech manufacturers. These include National Chung Hsing University, China Medical University, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, and two institutes located in Wufeng, Taichung County-the Agricultural Research Institute and the Taiwan Agricultural Chemicals and Toxic Substances Research Institute.


*Industry-Academia Cooperation
● Academia-Industry Consortium for Science Park in Central Taiwan
      To effectively promote cooperation between academia and industry, the Central Taiwan Science Park Administration and National Chung Hsing University founded the "Academia-Industry Consortium for Science Park in Central Taiwan " in November 2007. The consortium planned a phased approach to winning the support of training centers, companies and educational institutions. After two rounds of preparatory meetings, the Ministry of the Interior approved on March 13, 2008 the plan to set up the organization and the conclusions of the two preparatory meetings. Finally on August 4, 2008, members held the first official conference and the consortium was formally launched. With the assistance of the administration, the association held two seminars and one forum in 2008. The forum, called the Central Taiwan Science Park Development and Future of Optoelectronics Summit, was held on December 10. In these meetings, guests actively shared their valuable experiences and proposals, which will serve as a reference as the Park Administration plans the future development of the Central Taiwan Science Park.

      In cooperation with National Chung Hsing University, a high-tech industrial-academic network was established to exchange equipment, technology, and human resources to further increase cooperation.

● The Innovative Technology Development Project
      The Innovative Technology Development Project is an industry/academia cooperation platform that was established by the three science parks in Taiwan. The idea is to have companies propose plans to Park administrations on combining the efforts of Park companies and academia to develop new products and technology. In 2007, the Park granted NT$9 million (US$272,722) to companies that proposed plans, and another NT$18 million (US$545,454) in 2008. The subsidized industries include optoelectronics, , integrated circuits, precision machinery, computer and peripherals, biotechnology and others. In 2008, our organization approved the subsidization plans for six companies that submitted innovative technology research and development plans, with a total of NT$46.49 million (US$1.4million) given.
● The High-Tech Equipment Future Technology Development Plan
      To encourage Taiwanese companies that manufacture electronics equipment to join in the forward-looking development of technology, the National Science Council and our organization proposed the "High-Tech Equipment Future Technology Development Plan" at the start of 2008 to encourage companies to invest in key industries and develop core technologies. This plan allows companies outside of science parks to apply for subsidies, and the plan focuses on materials equipment technologies, manufacturing process technologies, packaging equipment technologies, precision machinery and testing technologies and the cultivation of technical personnel.

      The key points of the subsidy implementation plan were sent to the NSC on March 9, 2009 for its reference and announced by the Park Administration. Moreover, the Park Administration held three explanatory meetings on December 31, 2008, January 15, 2009 and February 27, 2009 at the Central Taiwan Science Park, the Southern Taiwan Science Park and the Hsinchu Science Park respectively. In 2009, the special planning offices will continue to hold detailed application explanatory meetings in northern, central, southern and eastern Taiwan.

Update : 2009/11/5
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