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ITRI and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG) renew cooperation agreement

Dec 17, 2004

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), represented by Vice President Dr. Richard Y. H. Lin, executed a cooperation agreement with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG) in Berlin under the witness of the Minister of Economic Affairs of Taiwan - Ms. Ho Mei-Yueh. It is the third renewal of such agreement.

Since signing the first agreement with FhG in 1991 and through subsequent renewals in 1994 and 1997, ITRI laboratories have developed ever closer working relationships with their FhG counterparts through focused projects in electronics, materials, high-precision instrument and tools. For example, Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF) just executed a technology cooperation agreement with ITRI's Energy & Resources Laboratories to expand their exchanges on renewable energy resource such as bio-fuels. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) has cooperated with ITRI's Material Research Laboratories in the development of crystalline silicon thin film solar cells on sintered silicon substrates. In addition to short visits, there are exchanges of staff over extended periods. During year 2003-2004, two engineers from ITRI' Electronic Research & Service Organization conducted 9 months of research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM), Berlin. More exchanges are being scheduled. Furthermore, ITRI has helped to make FhG technology and services available to Taiwan's research units and industries, creating substantial values for all sides.

Germany is a widely recognized global power in industrial technology. FhG is a major center of its R&D effort, with 80 research units located throughout the country. There are over 11,000 scientists and engineers in the organization with annual research funding of approximately 1 billion Euro dollars, Roughly 60 percent of the revenue is derived from contracts with industry or from publicly financed research projects. ITRI, with a staff size round 6,000 and an annual budget of US$510 million from governmental and private sources, is by far the largest industrial R&D organization in Taiwan. It is natural for the two institutions, each with a broad research scope and diverse clientele, to seek collaboration. ITRI's office in Berlin is an effective and convenient window.

International cooperation is a key component in ITRI's pursuit of excellence. The renewal of the FhG-ITRI agreement reconfirms the commitment to work closely for the benefits of both institutions and industrial customers they serve. It will also raise ITRI's visibility in the industrial community of Europe and thereby facilitate the effort to develop more collaborative opportunities in that region.

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