Taiwan Nano Tech looks to boost confidence
By William C. Pao The China Post
September 20, 2005, 12:00 am TWN
Taiwan Nano Tech 2005, a series of activities promoting the island's nanotechnology industry, will be held from Sept. 21 to 25.
The program is the second largest in the Asia-Pacific region after Japan — a remarkable achievement considering it was the first time Taiwan has ever held a nanotech event of this magnitude, according to organizers.
"There will be 103 exhibitors running 175 booths," said Y. C. Chao, president of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), a co-organizer. "Korea's nano show, which has been held for years, saw fewer exhibitors and booths.
At a pre-show news conference yesterday, Shyu Jyuo-min, executive director of Taiwan's National Nanotechnology Program, the other co-organizer, said nanotechnology's potential was endless, citing forecasts that local output of products utilizing nanotechnology would exceed NT$300 million in 2008.
"Nano applications will undoubtedly provide enormous business opportunities, which will not only determine the course of the corporate sector, but the competitiveness of Taiwan as a whole over the next three decades," he said.
The goal of Taiwan Nano Tech 2005 was to provide a bridge between Taiwan's nanotechnology research and development and the industrial sectors, at the same time promoting international exchanges and cooperation, he said.
Taiwan Nano Tech 2005 will feature six activities: a management and evaluation conference, an international workshop on nanotechnology applications, an international nanotechnology exhibition, the Taiwan Business Alliance Forum, a business opportunity forum on nanotechnology and an APEC forum on the cooperative framework for nanoscale measurement and analysis.
"These activities are aimed at translating nanotechnology research accomplishments into actual economic value," Shyu said. "This is to enhance people's understandings and confidence in nano products."