APO smart manufacturing center of excellence launched in Taichung

Tokyobased Asian Productivity Organization launched its Center of Excellence on Smart Manufacturing Aug. 6 in Taichung, reflecting global recognition of the central Taiwan city's hightech prowess.

Proposed by Taiwan and approved during the APO's Governing Body Meeting April 1012 in Manila, the facility is the second of its kind in the country following the Center of Excellence on Green Productivity set up in New Taipei City six years ago.

According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the facility will serve as a firstclass platform for spotlighting Taiwan's manufacturing knowhow while bolstering APO member exchanges. Given Taichung's status as a hub of smart machinery and related manufacturing, the center is expected to further strengthen the country's standing in the regional hightech sector.

The center is set to receive full support from related public, private and research organizations, the MOEA said, adding that this will enable it to offer professional training sessions, onsite visits and studies as part of efforts to enhance crossborder cooperation and strengthen regional businesses' competitiveness.

Established in 1961, the APO aims to improve productivity and promote sustainable development in the AsiaPacific. It comprises 20 members such as Japan and South Korea, as well as New Southbound Policy target countries Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

A key plank in the government's national development strategy, the NSP seeks to enhance Taiwan's agricultural, business, cultural, education, tourism and trade ties with the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, six South Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand.

Source: Taiwan Today