- Provide professional bridging service for industries between Taiwan and Japan
- Acting as the think tank and promotion unit for Taiwan-Japan industrial collaboration of Ministry of Economic Affairs
For a long period of time, Japan has been one of the most important sources for Taiwan in terms of technology input and investment. Further, various domestic industries have crucial partners from Japan. To continuously strengthen the relationship and broaden the scope of cooperation between two sides and to level up domestic firms' competitiveness, Taiwan Japan Industry Center (TJIC) aims to assist industries and local governments in Taiwan to actively establish collaborative relationship with their counterparts in Japan so as to create win-win situations for both countries.
The main businesses of TJIC include facilitating communication for industries and local governments between Taiwan and Japan, encouraging beneficial industry collaboration for both sides, boosting local economy, expanding export, and creating win-win opportunities and environment for the future economic development of Taiwan and Japan. TJIC not only attracts globally well-known Japanese companies investing Taiwan by its far-fetched global Japanese business network but also connects medium-sized and small enterprises having local specialties or excellent technologies with domestic research institutes and important firms in the industries so that a strengthened and broadened cooperation model between Taiwan and Japan could be established.
On the flip side, TJIC also holds steadily the spirit that emerging industries should develop side by side with traditional ones. The center not only collaborates with Japanese companies with advanced technologies to increase the technology capability of newly developed firms in Taiwan but also discovers domestic products with Taiwan characteristics and promotes them to the world with the help of the cooperative advantages from Japanese companies. TJIC expects to follow the principle of "new technologies, new products, and new operation models" and continuously speeds up the development of industry innovation in Taiwan. By the approach, the center hopes to lead the technology upgrade and transformation of domestic industries and create more added values.
III. Professional Capability
- Work closely with Japanese government as well as firms and research organizations to establish a collaboration network and open up emerging markets as well as promote application services developed collectively by Taiwanese and Japanese firms
- Hand in hand with Japanese firms to develop markets other than Japan and Taiwan
- Promote cross border interaction focusing on the newly developed technologies of key industries
- Facilitate the connection and collaboration between the research and development team of III and Japanese companies around the globe
- Propagate the research and development results of domestic firms and III for international proliferation
IV. Important Outcomes
1. Conducting "Taiwan-Japan Industrial Collaboration Promotion Project" commissioned by Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs, TJIC operates the Taiwan-Japan Industrial Collaboration Promotion Office (TJPO), which acts as the platform for Taiwan and Japan industrial collaboration, and integrates resources to bring in aggregated results of Taiwan and Japan industrial collaboration. In 2013, investment cases from Japan was 618 with the total investment amount up to USD 408.684 million; In 2014, the number was 488 with the investment value accumulated to USD 548.763 million; In 2015, there were a total of 471 investment cases from Japan with total fund summed USD 453.161 million. Representative outcomes in 2015 are as follows:
(1) The Joint Venture Case between TDK Corporation and ASE Group
In September 2015, TDK Corporation and ASE Group founded a USD 39.49 million joint venture called ASE Embedded Electronics Incorporated in Nanzih Export Processing Zone, Kaohsiung. The JV introduces TDK’s SESUB patented technology which will increase the product competitiveness of Taiwan semiconductor industry on mobile and wearable devices. TJIC assisted TDK to apply for the Global Innovation Research Partner Project supported by Department of Industrial Technology, Ministry of Economic Affairs in November, 2015 so as to strengthen the collective research relationship between two countries. The total amount dedicated to the project will accumulate up to NTD 1.5 billion which will distribute into three main categories including semiconductor equipment, CPS digital manufacturing system, and photoelectric materials.
(2) The Joint Venture Case between KH Neochem, Japan and CPC Corporation, Taiwan
In September 2015, in Kaohsiung Linhai Industrial Parks, TJIC facilitated the establishment of Taiwan-Japan Oxo Chemical Industries Inc. which was founded by KHNC, invested by Japan Industrial Partners, Inc. (JIP), and CPC Corporation from Taiwan. The company is expected to construct a new factory which is capable of producing 180 thousand tons of INA and 21 thousand tons of BT annually. The construction project is scheduled to be completed in 2019 and start business operation. It is estimated that the factory will create about 150 job opportunities and tax payment more than NTD 200 million.
(3) Holding Taiwan Japan Investment Forum and Business Meetings
On June 2nd, 2015, co-organized by TJPO and CTBC Bank as well as 16 corporations and public associations, Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Third Wednesday Club (San San Fe) held collectively "Taiwan Japan Investment Forum." Minister of Economic Affairs Mr. Deng presented and gave the opening speech. Former Vice President Vincent Siew and Interchange Association, Japan (IAJ) representative Numata Mikio also addressed their speeches. Dr. Pin-Kun Chiang, Chairman of the Third Wednesday Club, and Izuru Hanaki, deputy representative of IAJ were invited to give speeches on specific topics. There were more than 200 representatives from various domains of Taiwan and Japan. To strengthen the technology cooperation and strategic alliance between Taiwan and Japan industries, TJPO held business match-up conference and arranged 71 companies such as Formosa Plastics Group, Tatung Co., Marketech International Corp., Kenmec Mechanical Engineering Co.,Ltd., and Far-East Bio-Tech Co., Ltd. to make contact with 30 companies from 20 areas in Japan. The number of match-up reached 103 and the number of participating representatives accumulated to 280 persons. The potential cases might be up to 30 cases.
(4) Expand and increase cooperative business opportunities for Japan and Taiwan SMEs
TJPO held business meetings focusing on marketing and technology cooperation. In 2015, 146 Taiwanese firms and 63 Japanese firms were invited to the event and 304 solid business meetings were conducted to create business opportunities with total value of NTD 250 million.
In April 2015, in Toyama Prefecture, TJPO held "Toyama Industrial Manufacturing Comprehensive Exhibition and Business Meetings" (Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry) and led 5 companies in the business including Nang Kuang Pharmaceutical, Taiwan Biotech, Pei Li Pharmaceutical, Synmosa Biopharma, and Sinphar Group to visit Japan and have 25 business meetings with 13 Japanese firms. The group also visited various important Japanese companies such as TOA, Kokando and etc.
In October 2015, inviting 10 Japanese companies from Mie Prefecture to visit Taiwan, TJPO co-organized with related units like ICETT to hold "Taiwan Environment Protection Industry Business Meetings" (Environment Protection Industry). In the event, 24 Taiwanese firms met up with the Japanese firms in 62 business meetings.
In November 2015, inviting 8 companies from Miyagi Prefecture to Taiwan, TJPO held "2015 Miyagi Prefecture, Japan vs. Taiwan Product Marketing Business Meetings" (Machinery and Metal Processing Industry). There were 21 Taiwanese companies set up 37 meetings with the Japanese firms and they also visited related organizations such as the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC).
In November 2015, inviting representatives of 16 Japanese firms, TJPO held "Yamagata Prefecture, Japan vs. Taiwan Business Meetings" (Food, Semiconductor, and Biotechnology Industry). The Japanese representatives had 102 business meetings with 34 Taiwanese companies and visited companies like Kavalan Pure Taiwan.
(5) Promote the international industry collaboration between Taitung County, Taiwan and Mie Prefecture, Japan by curations of representative iconic comic figures
TJPO promoted the cross border bilateral local government collaboration and interaction by curations of representative iconic comic figures. By curating representative iconic comic figures of each other and setting up constant promotion units, the two counties worked together to attract tourists for the development of domestic businesses. In 2015, Taitung County elected Rice Man as their representative and set up huge statue for it at Taitung Railway Art Village. Mie Prefecture also decided to choose Ama and Ninja as their representatives to promote tourism. In January 2016, Mie Prefecture signed MOU with Taitung County for the iconic figure exchanging project.
(6) Hold Taiwan and Japan Talent Recruiting Orientation and the OB (Old Bone) Networking Meeting
To build firmly the Japanese talent network and recruit retired professional talents from Japan, TJPO held "Taiwan and Japan Talent Recruiting Orientation and the OB Networking Meeting" in Tokyo, Japan. There were about 130 participants at site. Retired professionals of well-known Japanese companies and representatives of Taiwanese firms were arranged to meet up in various occasions, which was beneficial to increasing the research and development as well as overseas market expansion capability of domestic firms.
(7) Organize Industrial Delegations focusing on specific topics to visit Japan and accelerate collaboration process
From July to December, 2015, TJPO frequently organized five focus delegations visiting Japan including Automation Intelligence and Metal Value Up Delegation, Japan Green Economy Delegation, Taiwan and Japan Bridging and Local Industry Delegation, Electronic Car and Smart Transportation System Delegation, and Smart City and Digital Contents Delegation. According to the demand of each industry, TJPO assisted high ranking government officials and the representatives of domestic firms visiting Japan to speed up negotiation process. The visiting areas covered the northeast and middle parts of Japan as well as various locations in Shikoku. Finally, the collaboration/ investment cases accumulated up to 12 cases and the cases related to the introduction of technologies summed 15 cases. Moreover, TJPO also held 12 industry policy promotion and technology idea exchanging conferences.
(8) Constitute Taiwan and Japan Industry Expert Service Alliance for the goal of high value industry
Assisted TEEMA sign MOU with Tamagawa Seiki Co., Japan and introduced Japan's key technologies regarding servomotor. TJPO also allied with 8 industrial and academic units to establish "Lightweight Intelligent Robot Alliance" so as to provide specific services for the blue ocean market of lightweight intelligent robotics. Additionally, TJPO facilitated the sign of LOI between TEEMA and Nidec Sankyo Corporation. and helped the establishment of research and development platform designed collectively by Nidec Sankyo Corporation. and Taiwan Auto-Design Corp. to introduce Japan's key technologies related to precision small motors. Further, TJPO also engaged seven domestic companies to form "CAE Research and Development Upgrading Alliance" to jointly develop various types of innovative electrical engineering application markets.
2. Conducted the "Digital Convergence Project" and "Cyber-Physical Unification Project" commissioned by the Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT), Ministry of Economic Affairs to integrate the resources of various Taiwan research institutes and industry participants. By doing so, TJIC expected to increase the research and development capability of the organizations in our countries as well as that of different domestic companies collectively. Further, TJIC encouraged Japanese firms to set up international research center in Taiwan. Additionally, TJIC drew more than NTD 500 million investment in Taiwan and attracted Japanese companies taking Taiwan as their regional operation headquarters to annually map out concrete channels as well as create employment opportunities by investing in Taiwan. Assisted high-end technology research and development collaboration and communication between Japanese firms as well as academic institutions and Taiwanese companies as well as foundations so that Japanese companies can have better understanding of the research ability of Taiwan research institutes. Simultaneously, TJIC assisted Taiwan foundations gain collaboration opportunities with international enterprises. During the cooperation process, Taiwanese foundations could also level up their technological ability in various fields.
3. Conducted "Assisting Kaohsiung Industries and Japan Enterprises Collaboration Strengthen Professional Service Project" commissioned by Kaohsiung City Government to increase the development benefit of Kaohsiung industries and to actively assist Kaohsiung industries pass through the technological and green manufacturing barriers, including metal material product industry, high-end mold industry, mechanical equipment and parts manufacturing industry, electro-optical and green energy industry, and medical equipment industry. These industries could therefore join the supply chains of international big brands and move closer to their goals of being able to develop cross domain products with multi-market opportunities as well as to come up with high quality derived applications. TJIC also concurrently provided more assistance to digital content industry and matched up Kaohsiung enterprises with Japanese firms. Last but not the least, the center also facilitated the enterprises of Kaohsiung to map out marketing channels so that the traditional manufacturing business and digital content industry of Kaohsiung could grasp the business opportunities in Mainland China and emerging Asian markets and play an important role in the fields.