Taiwan on cusp of nanotech rewards
By Dennis Chang Special To The China Post
October 30, 2004, 12:00 am TWN
From the harvesting of rice to the harnessing of nano products, Taiwan's skill based industries are expected to utilize this new-found scientific breakthrough. Long Qiang Nano Technology Corporation and Taiwan textile Research Institute (TTRI) announced their joint venture in exploring and planning more nano-based applications yesterday in Taipei County.
"With an emphasis on low cost and high quality, the innovative products produced by Long Qiang will likely satisfy consumer selective demands," says Chen Chien-jen, chairman of the board for Long Qiang Nano Technology.
Long Qiang Corporation develops Nanocomposite compounds that specifically eradicate over 650 bacterium within fiber textiles and softens odor, in addition to having burn resistant capabilities. The company is a leader in the realm of research and development where it won a gold medal for science and technology innovation in Beijing earlier this year. It has been able to develop these skills through a special technique of evenly distributing the nano atoms on various materials produced.
Furthermore, the entity has perfected the technique of infrared fabric, which is a fifth generation prototype, as the first was begun in Japan a decade ago but had poor showings due to its substandard quality.
From textiles to plastics and cosmetics, this new science will effectively spark innovation and development within traditional industries in the eyes of the business community. With the advent and integration of nanotechnology into products such as appliances, fiber sewing, and conservatory packages, a transformation within Taiwan's manufacturing industry will likely occur which would benefit consumers.
"Today, we give society and the citizens of Taiwan a new start and outlook into the island's manufactured products, end users will feel good about the products we have assembled, and share this news with others," added Chen.
Through a NT$3 billion government initiative in 2002 to promote nano technology, the island has made intensive progress in this realm where it is currently leading other countries by five to ten years in the research and development phase.
Under the national development plan outlined, the TTRI, formerly known as the (China Textile Institute) also participated in the event where it sought to broaden its horizon from basic manufacturing down to product and market research.
"By seeking a joint venture with Long Qiang Nano Technology Corporation our ideas and blueprints could therefore be put into practical usage," said Thomas Huang, the chairman of TTRI.
In considering the social welfare of Taiwanese citizens, nanotechnology will likely improve the quality of products in a wide spectrum along with improving human health on the fronts of blood circulation and oxygen nutrients for the body.