NCKU, CSC activate research on next-generation steel
The China Post news staffWith hundreds of millions of New Taiwan dollars in funding allocated for the coming years, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and China Steel Corporation (CSC) are set to go all out to enhance the research and development (R&D) and production of high-grade steel in Taiwan, the university revealed at a recent meeting, according to a NCKU press release.
September 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The “Next-Generation Steel and Green Manufacturing Process and Product Innovation and Application Academia-Industry Collaboration Project,” an Academia-Industry Alliance Program jointly formed by NCKU and CSC to decide on various issues related to the collaboration between both parties.
Increasing both the primary industry and related industry's output value to NT$300 billion each will achieve optimized benefits for the industry chain, supply chain and value chain of the steel industry, according to CSC.
The Academia-Industry Alliance Program was proposed by the National Science Council (NSC), with a view to allow the industry to provide questions and the academia to come up with solutions.
The director of this project, NCKU Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Chair Professor Weng-Sing Hwang said, “This project will be executed based on three main focuses — next-generation steel product research and development, next-generation green manufacturing process and next-generation innovative applications.”
This large academia-industry collaboration project, which will involve eight universities in Taiwan, 24 research sub-projects as well as approximately 200 people, is expected to break through the rigid traditional collaboration model, thus heading towards the direction of industry chain optimization, according to Hwang.
He said that the research concept is to use advanced product metallurgy and refining techniques to produce high-quality steel materials, and integrate advanced secondary processing techniques to produce high-value end products in order to achieve the best application at the same time, thus enhancing the competitiveness and the output value of the industry as well as the high-value end product application.
Apart from responding to environmental issues such as energy conservation, zero pollution and recycling as well as economic issues, this research is also expected to help strengthen cooperation among the upstream, midstream and downstream within the steel industry by developing its own supply of high-grade steel materials, which in turn build the coexistence of the steel industry chain.