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Source: https://www.digitimes.com/news/a20171218PD200.html

Medical device, material makers cluster in Kaohsiung Science Park


Rebecca Kuo, Kaohsiung; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Monday 18 December 2017]


Kaohsiung Science Park (KSP) under the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) has become a cluster of medical device and material makers in Taiwan, with 73 enterprises stationed there, according to the STSP administration.

The 73 firms have invested NT$26.2 billion (US$865 million) cumulatively in the park and generated total sales of over NT$7.9 billion during January-October 2017. They have 2,587 employees currently.

Of the 73 firms, 37 have obtained Taiwan Food and Drug Administration certification, 13 received US Food and Drug Administration certification for 510(k) pre-market notification, 23 passed the EU CE Marking certification.

With help from the Ministry of Science and Technology, KSP will work to encourage local medical practitioners to adopt products made there, promote their products to university-affiliated hospitals in Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia, and to the global market.
 

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Source: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/05/23/2003693560

Kaohsiung unveils first medical 3D printing cluster


By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter, in Kaohsiung


A man operates a 3D printing machine at Tongtai Machine and Tool Co’s factory in Kaohsiung’s Lujhu District yesterday.
Photo: Chien Hui-ju, Taipei Times


Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Hsu Yu-chin, second left, visits the Industrial Technology Research Institute’s Factory of Intelligent Additive Manufacturing Medical Devices (FoiAM) in Kaohsiung’s Lujhu District yesterday.
Photo: Chien Hui-ju, Taipei Times



The nation’s first 3D printing industrial cluster for medical devices has taken shape in Kaohsiung, the Ministry of Science and Technology said yesterday, adding that medical devices for body parts from head to toe can be created there.

The ministry in December last year unveiled the first demonstration site for 3D-printed medical devices and smart manufacturing at the Southern Taiwan Science Park’s (南部科學工業園) branch campus in Kaohsiung’s Lujhu District (路竹).

The Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 12 launched a set of guidelines governing 3D-printed medical devices, making Taiwan the first Asian nation to establish regulations on such devices, the ministry said.

The ministry is this year to help local medical device developers obtain ISO 13485:2016 certification, which specifies requirements for medical devices, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Hsu Yu-chin (許有進) said.

There are 54 medical device developers at the science park, which has a campus in Tainan and another in Kaohsiung, with more than NT$9.28 billion (US$310.1 million) invested, the Southern Taiwan Science Park Bureau said.

The Kaohsiung campus has attracted key players in 3D printing and medical devices, such as dental implant maker Alliance Global Technology Co (全球安聯), joint prosthesis maker United Orthopedic Corp (聯合骨科) and machine manufacturer Tongtai Machine and Tool Co (東台精機), the ministry said.

Medical devices — especially dental implants — are one of the most popular applications for 3D printing, which can produce customized devices, Tongtai chairman Yen Jui-hsiung (嚴瑞雄) said.

While 3D printing cannot replace all traditional methods of manufacturing, it can boost the efficiency of materials, such as making aircraft components lighter or shoe soles more elastic by using printing powders made of different materials, he said.

While the aerospace industry has proven to be a niche market for 3D printing in other nations, Taiwan still lacks “bolder” industrial designers, as well as investors who are willing to support designers with groundbreaking ideas, he added.


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Merck Taiwan to invest in Kaohsiung expansion - Taipei Times

Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Merck Taiwan to invest in Kaohsiung expansion

By Lisa Wang / Staff reporter



Merck Group Taiwan yesterday said that it plans to invest substantially on expanding its fab in Kaohsiung’s Lujhu District (路竹) to better serve its local customers, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電).

The company said it plans to expand its production space by 50 percent in the next five years and its workforce by about 40 percent, Merck Group Taiwan managing director Dick Hsieh (謝志宏) told a media briefing in Taipei.

Hsieh declined to disclose investment details, but said that the latest investment would exceed the total amount Merck has invested in Taiwan over the past few years.

Those investments would be made to address the local semiconductor material market, the largest in the world with a market value of US$11.3 billion last year, Merck said, citing statistics from industrial trade group SEMI.

Taiwan has occupied the top spot for the past 10 years, SEMI said on Tuesday.

Merck has been actively expanding into the semiconductor materials market through acquisitions in recent years, Suresh Rajaraman, senior vice president and business field head of thin film solutions, said yesterday.

The company acquired Versum Materials Inc, an Arizona-based semiconductor materials supplier, in October last year after acquiring special chemical supplier AZ Electronics Materials SA in 2014.

Those acquisitions helped Merck broaden its product portfolio to include the materials, chemicals and gas used in the seven major steps in manufacturing chips, it said.

Merck set up a new lab at its Kaohsiung manufacturing campus soon after its acquisition of Versum Materials. Next year, one production line would be allocated to Kaohsiung and more materials would be produced in Taiwan, Merck said.

Merck said it is also developing new directed self-assembly material for 3-nanometer technology and even more advanced technologies.
 
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