Industrial Technology Research Institute
|Non-profit research institute|
|Tsung-Tsong Wu (Chairman)
Number of employees
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan's industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. It focuses on the fields of Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment. Over the years, ITRI has cultivated more than 140 CEOs and incubated over 240 innovative companies, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation around the world.
1973: Founding of ITRI.
1976: Transferring of IC manufacturing processes to Taiwan.
1977: Establishment of the first IC demonstration foundry in Taiwan, the foundation of the nation’s semiconductor industry.
1980: Origination of UMC, a spinoff of ITRI.
1983: Development of IBM-compatible PC leading to prosperity of the IT industry.
1985: Innovating carbon fiber bicycles with Giant.
1986: Unveiling photoresist dry film.
1987: Creation of TSMC, the world’s largest OEM IC foundry, a spinoff of ITRI.
1987: Establishment of National Measurement Laboratory (NML).
1989: Institution of Taiwan Mask Corp., a spinoff of ITRI.
1989: Creation of Mirle Automation Corp., a spinoff of ITRI.
1990: Establishment of Taiwan Notebook PC Consortium.
1990: Development of 3-inch TFT-LCD displays, a breakthrough in large size display R&D.
1991: Introduction of Taiwan’s first Fire & Explosion Laboratory.
1993: Establishment of a 8-inch wafer laboratory, an accelerated upgrading of the semiconductor industry.
1993: Commencement of the manufacturing of 8-inch silicon wafers, securing Taiwan’s place as a semiconductor manufacturing powerhouse.
1995: Development of the first common car engine and establishment of the automobile engine enterprise CEC.
1995: Becoming the world’s third-largest wire cutting machine producer.
1995: Breaking through the barrier for Taiwan’s CD-ROM industry.
1996: Establishment of Epistar Corp. to complete the supply chain for the LED industry.
1996: Launching the OpenLab Project.
1997: Innovation of first inkjet printing head in Taiwan.
1999: Establishment of an emergency response information center.
2001: Development of the first linear motor machine tool in Taiwan.
2002: Institution of Phalanx Biotech Group, a spinoff of ITRI.
2002: Discovery of Type 21 Human Collagen.
2002: Introduction of cGMP Chinese Herbal Medicinal Plant.
2004: Establishment of DelSolar Co., a joint venture of Delta Electronics, Inc. and ITRI. 2005: Establishment of ITRI Southern Region Campus.
2007: Opening of Taiwan’s first flexible display production and development laboratory. 2008: Building the first WiMAX Applications Lab in the world.
2009: Introduction of the world’s first USB 3.0 thin memory card.
2009: Setting up the first solar power lab in Taiwan.
2010: Designing the pavilion of dreams at Taipei International Flora Exposition by the integration of applied sciences and arts with a focus on humanism.
2010: Establishing Asia’s first three-dimensional integrated circuit (3D IC) R&D Laboratory, a new milestone for Taiwan’s IC chip technology.
2011: Launch of a new venture capital by Industrial Technology Investment Corporation (ITIC) and Mitsubishi UFJ Capital (MUCAP).
2011: Initiating the Green Campus program and promoting a sustainable living lab for green technologies.
2011: Building Taiwan’s first LED ergonomic lighting laboratory to assist the LED industry in developing high-value products.
2012: Signing an MOU with Energy Research Center of the Netherlands to develop green energy applications.
2012: Signing an MOU with KOSBI, Korea for the promotion of bilateral SMEs economic development.
2012: Establishing the Commercialization Advisory Committee (CAC) to promote venture capitals and startups.
2013: Signing the Memorandum of Cooperation Pact with VTT, marking the first step in innovation-oriented R&D cooperation between Taiwan and Finland.
2013: Creation of ITRI TechVenture Club to foster entrepreneurship in Taiwan’s high-tech industries.
2013: Building ITRI Central Region Campus to drive the industrial development in central Taiwan.
2014: Partnership of laser source companies from Taiwan and Japan through Golden Asia Fund Ventures.
2014: Granting Taiwan Mitsui Chemicals exclusive license to manufacture and sell STOBA.
2015: Launching the new Machine Tools Technology Center to forge CNC industry clusters.
2015: Formulation of the Taiwan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) in Silicon Valley, linking Taiwan’s startups to the global chain of technology innovations.
2015: Receiving the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Witness Test Data Program Certification, ensuring ITRI’s Fuel Cell Testing Lab as Asia’s first UL-certified lab.
2015: Creation of the Smart Microsystems Technology Center and the Laser and Additive Manufacturing Technology Center to bolster IoT and 3D printing.
2016: Launch of the Golden Asia Fund II by the Industrial Technology Investment Corporation (ITIC) of ITRI and Mitsubishi UFJ Capital (MUCAP) to enhance bilateral cooperation between Taiwan and Japan.
2016: Inauguration of the Innovation Campus to strengthen academia-industry ties.
Innovations and Applications
- Smart Living involves efforts to integrate technologies in information and communication technologies (ICT), cloud services, big data, etc., to develop smart services, logistics, and next-generation handheld devices.
- Quality Health focuses on the development of innovative therapeutic biologics, composite medical materials and instruments along with healthcare assistance technologies.
- Sustainable Environment centers on green energy, smart transportation, biomass, advanced green manufacturing, and disaster relief technologies.
|Tsung-Tsong Wu||2016.07.22 to present|
|Ching-Yen Tsay||2010.02.22 to 2016.07.21|
|Jin-Fu Chang||2008.10.01 to 2010.02.21|
|Chin-Tay Shih||2008.06.16 to 2008.09.30|
|Hsin-I Lin||2004.10.01 to 2008.06.15|
|Cheng-I Weng||2001.03.05 to 2004.09.30|
|Hsin-I Lin||2000.08.22 to 2001.03.04|
|Zhen Sun||1995.01.20 to 2000.08.21|
|Ta-Hai Lee||1994.03.02 to 1995.11.14|
|Morris Chang||1988.12.09 to 1994.03.01|
|Shien-Siu Shu||1978.07.01 to 1988.12.08|
|Chao-Chen Wang||1973.07.01 to 1978.06.30|
|Jonq-Min Liu||2015.01.26 to present|
|Jyuo-Min Shyu||2010.04.16 to 2015.01.25|
|Johnsee Lee||2003.08.28 to 2010.04.15|
|Chin-Tay Shih||1994.04.19 to 2003.08.27|
|Otto C.C. Lin||1988.12.09 to 1994.04.18|
|Morris Chang||1985.08.20 to 1988.12.08|
|Hien-Chee Fang||1978.08.01 to 1985.08.19|
|Chao-Chen Wang||1973.07.01 to 1978.07.31|
- 2015 - R&D 100 Awards for Plasmon-Coupled Organic Light-Emitting Diode (PCOLED), Fluid-Driven Emergency Lighting, Higher Sensitivity Tactile-Film System for Wearable Orthosis (HSTS) and PolyE Membrane Technology
- 2015 - Frost & Sullivan Best Practices New Product Innovation Award for In-Line Compact Thermal Analyzer (ICTA)
- 2014 - Thomson Reuters 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators
- 2014 - R&D 100 Awards for In-Line Compact Thermal Analyzer (ICTA) and High Efficiency Calcium Looping Technology (HECLOT)
- 2013 - R&D 100 Awards for iAT Technology, FluxMerge, and ButyFix
- 2012 - The Wall Street Journal’s 2012 Technology Innovation Awards for SideLighter and aePLASMA
- 2012 - R&D 100 Awards for Lignoxy, TEMM, SideLighter, aePLASMA, Light&Light, and AVA-Clamp
- 2012 - Aviation Week’s A&D SIC Award for REDDEX
- 2011 - The Wall Street Journal’s 2011 Technology Innovation Awards for i2R e-Paper and Spray-IT
- 2011 - ITRI as Excellent Organization, Solar Industry Awards, UK for Solar Radome
- 2011 - R&D 100 Awards for i2R e-Paper and HyTAC
- 2011 - Silver Award, The Society for Information Display (SID) Display of the Year Awards (DYA) for ITRI Flexible Substrate for Displays
- 2010 - Overall Gold, The Wall Street Journal’s 2010 Technology Innovation Awards for FlexUPD, Runner-up for MDPS
- 2010 - R&D 100 Awards for FlexUPD, i2/3DW and REDDEX
- 2009 - R&D 100 Awards for STOBA
- 2009 - The Wall Street Journal’s 2009 Technology Innovation Awards for FleXpeaker
- 2009 - iF Design Award for Fluid Driven Lighting System
- 2009 - Red Dot Design Award for Flexio Radio
- 2008 - R&D 100 Awards for On-Chip AC LED
See <Honors> for more information.
In order to recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to technology advancement, industrial development, and betterment of humankind, ITRI inaugurated the honorary ITRI Laureates.
|2012 ITRI Laureates|
|Name||Position at Present Year|
|Morris Chang||Chairman of TSMC|
|Stan Shih||Chairman of iD SoftCapital Group|
|Ding-Hua Hu||Chairman of Chien-Pang Venture Capital Corp.|
|Bruce Cheng||Chairman of Delta Electronics Founder and Honorary|
|Jonney Shih||Chairman of ASUSTeK Computer|
|Suhon Lin||Chairman of Chang Chun Group|
|Ming-Kai Tsai||Chairman & CEO of MediaTek|
|Biing-Jye Lee||Chairman of Epistar|
|2013 ITRI Laureates|
|Name||Position at Present Year|
|Barry Lam||Chairman of Quanta Computer|
|Chih-Yuan Lu||President of Macronix|
|Robert Chen||Chairman & CEO of Gloria Material Technology Corp.|
|Burn J. Lin||Vice President of Research & Development in TSMC|
|2014 ITRI Laureates|
|Name||Position at Present Year|
|Shien-Chang Chen||Vice Chairman of Chang Chun Group|
|Simon M. Sze||NCTU Honorary Chair Professor|
|Hwa-Nien Yu||Chairman of ITRI Advanced Research Advisory Committee Honorary|
|Eric G. Lean||Academia Sinica Academician|
|Lewis Terman||Former IEEE President and IBM Emeritus Researcher|
|2015 ITRI Laureates|
|Name||Position at Present Year|
|Ching-Chu Chang||Former Chairman of Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation (VIS)|
|Shang-Yi Chiang||Board Advisor of TSMC|
|Jack Y. Jau||Chairman and Founder of Hermes Microvision, Inc.|
|Cheng-Hai Hung||CEO of ECLAT Textile Corporation Ltd.|