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30 March 2007


Taiwan forms LED industry association

The Taiwan Optoelectronic Semiconductor Industry Association (TOSIA) has been formed in Taipei by the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and 14 Taiwan LED makers and LED chipmakers, including Epistar, Formosa Epitaxy, Arima Optoelectronics, Opto Tech, Tyntek, Ledtech Electronics, Unity Opto Technology, Para Light Electronics, Everlight Electronics, Bright LED Electronics, Kingbright, Lingsen Precision Industries, Ligitek Electronics and Lite-On Technology. The aim is to strengthen Taiwan's LED industry.

At the association's inauguration, Lite-On’s CEO Teng Kuang-chung said TOSIA will strive to bolster cooperation and exchanges among companies and research bodies involved in the optoelectronics and semiconductor industries. The association will also aim to upgrade the R&D of new technologies; push for the establishment of standards in the optoelectronics and semiconductor industries; sponsor conferences that are conducive to enhancing the industry's development; promote technological cooperation on an international basis; and help the Taiwan administration enact relevant policies to help the industry's progress.

Chan Wen-hsin, a senior technology adviser to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, said the ministry will continue to help integrate upstream, midstream and downstream companies in the industry as well as governmental resources so as to help propel the development of lighting and optoelectronic display products and applications. The aim is to eventually making Taiwan a leader in the sector.

Members of the first TOSIA board include Teng and Chan, as well as Lin Keng-hua, a member of Academia Sinica; Liu Jong-sheng, director of the Institute of Photonics Technologies of National Tsing Hua University; and Chan Yi-jen, deputy director of the ITRI's Optoelectronics and Systems Laboratories.