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Taiwan Textile Research Institute aims to gain world-class notoriety

The Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI) hopes to become a world-class textile R&D facility to help manufacturers develop high-quality and cutting-edge products, it said recently.

TTRI made the remarks after Taiwan last year reported total textile production value of NT$500.8 billion, a growth of 3.8 percent from 2010. Exports of textiles totaled US$12.7 billion, a 10-year high and an increase of US$1.4 billion or 12.5 percent from 2010. Imports meanwhile jumped 22.9 percent from 2010 to US$3.57 billion. The figures translated into a surplus of US$9.15 billion for 2011, a rise of 8.9 percent from 2010.

To help boost the surplus to an even higher level, TTRI will upgrade itself into an international-class textile research agency by setting up a basic component research facility and a production commercialization office, expanding its product inspection and certification facility to help Taiwan products make a stronger presence in the world, and building a towel design and production center to help revitalize the island's dwindling towel manufacturing industry.

Meanwhile, according to TTRI Chairman Wang Ya-kang, the organization will now place a stronger focus on the following: critical textile materials, technical textiles with garment and home applications, high-value textiles for industrial use, eco-friendly technology, and the provision of online services.

TTRI will also develop techniques for new-fiber textile production and nanometer-level electronic knitting. It will strive toward an annual growth of 4 percent in sales and bringing NT$1.5 billion worth of investments to the textile industry.

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