The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan recently introduced nanotechnology to local traditional industries. Nanotechnologies provide a great opportunity for these companies to meet outside challenges and join the blooming electronic and optoelectronic industries. The Nanotechnology Community (NTC) was established in 2003, with the goal of finding commercial applications. This year, the Taiwan Nanotechnology Industrialization Promotion Association (TANIPA) was established, with the support of the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), to formulate a strategy for industrial applications in Taiwan and to facilitate cooperation between industries, universities, and research institutes.

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DOI: 10.1016/S1369-7021(04)00629-7