Industrial Technology Research Institute

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Industrial Technology Research Institute
Non-profit research institute
Industry R&D
Founded 1973
Headquarters Hsinchu County and Hsinchu City
Key people
Ching-Yen Tsay, Chairman
Jonq-Min Liu, President
Number of employees

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI; Chinese: 工業技術研究院; pinyin: Gōngyè Jìshù Yánjiùyuàn) is a nonprofit R&D organization engaging in applied research and technical services originated from Taiwan. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan’s economy from a labor-intensive industry to a high-tech industry. Numerous well-known, high-tech companies in Taiwan, such as leaders in the semiconductor industry TSMC and UMC, can trace their origins to ITRI. ITRI, headquartered in Taiwan, has offices in the United States, Japan, Russia, Netherlands and Germany in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation.

ITRI employs 5,579 personnel, including 1,320 who hold Ph.D.s and 3,024 with master's degrees. By disseminating both technology and talent, ITRI has led the technology industry into the 21st century and has cultivated over 140 CEOs in the local high-tech industry. ITRI has played a vital role in Taiwan's economic growth as it shifted from a labor-intensive industry into a value-added, technology-driven one. Moving forward, the institute will continue serving as a pioneer for industries by strengthening its capabilities of multidisciplinary innovation and cooperation with international partners all over the world.[1]


Industrial Technology Research Institute

1973: Founding of ITRI

1976: Successful Transfer of IC Manufacturing Processes to Taiwan

1977: Establishment of the First IC Demonstration Foundry in Taiwan as the foundation of the Nation’s Semiconductor Industry

1980: Spinoff of UMC

1983: Successful Development of IBM-compatible PC Leading to Prosperity of the IT Industry

1985: Development of Carbon Fiber Bicycles with Giant

1986: R&D of Photoresistant Dry Film

1987: Spinoff of TSMC, the World’s Largest OEM IC Foundry

1987: Establishment of National Measurement Laboratory (NML)

1989: Spinoff of Taiwan Mask Corp.

1989: Spinoff of Mirle Automation Corp.

1990: Establishment of Taiwan Notebook PC Consortium

1990: Development of 3-inch TFT-LCD Display, and Breakthrough in Large Size Display R&D

1991: Establishment of Taiwan’s First Fire & Explosion Laboratory

1993: Establishment of 8-inch Wafer Laboratory, Acceleration of the 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: Successful Development of the First Common Car Engine, and Establishment of CEC

1995: Striving to be the World’s Third-Largest Wire Cutting Machine Producer

1995: Breaking Through the Barrier for Taiwan’s CD-ROM Industry

1996: Prompting the Establishment of Epistar Corp. to Complete the Supply Chain for the LED Industry

1996: OpenLab Project Operation

1997: Making of the 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: Spinoff of Phalanx Biotech Group

2002: Discovery of Type 21 Human Collagen

2002: Establishment of cGMP Chinese Herbal Medicinal Plant

2004: Establishment of DelSolar Co.

2004: Establishment of DailyCare BioMedical Inc.

2005: Establishment of ITRI Southern Region Campus

2007: Opening of Taiwan’s First Flexible Display Production and Development Laboratory

2008: Pioneer of the First WiMAX Applications Lab in the World

2009: Introduction of the World’s First USB 3.0 Thin Memory Card

2009: Setting up of the First Solar Power Lab in Taiwan

2010: Designing of the Pavilion of Dreams at Taipei International Flora Exposition by Integrating Applied Sciences with Arts Focusing on Humanism

2011: Industrial Technology Investment Corporation (ITIC) and Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co., Ltd. (MUCAP) set up a venture capital

2012: ITRI Inks Green Energy Pact with Dutch Center

2012: “ITRI Laureate” Honors 8 Tycoons for Industrial Contributions

2012: MOU Signed Between ITRI and KOSBI, Korea for the Promotion of Bilateral SMEs Economic Development

2013: ITRI and VTT Inked Memorandum of Cooperation Pact, Marking First Step in Innovation-Oriented R&D Cooperation Between Taiwan and Finland

2014: Golden Asia Fund Ventures Unites Companies from Taiwan and Japan in Laser Sources

2014: ITRI Grants Taiwan Mitsui Chemicals Exclusive License to Manufacture and Sell STOBA

Innovations and Applications[edit]

  • 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 focuses on green energy, smart transportation, biomass, advanced green manufacturing, and disaster relief technologies.


  • 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)[2]
  • 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