Searching for points of cooperation with Taiwan
The delegation of Taiwanese officials and businessmen visited Lithuania on October 26–29. According to Chen Li-Cho, Head of the European Affairs Department at the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the visit is aimed at strengthening relations with Eastern European countries and promoting trade and investment.
The trade and investment forum was held on October 27th, during which the participants of Taiwan delegation, representatives of high-tech companies, had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Laser and Engineering Technologies Cluster (LITEK™), get acquainted and exchange useful information for the further development of cooperation. During the meeting, the President of the Lithuanian Laser Association and the Head of the Department of Laser Technologies of the Center for Physical Sciences and Techology (FTMC) dr. Gediminas Račiukaitis introduced participants to the development and achievements of Lithuanian lasers. According to dr. Gediminas Račiukaitis, Lithuania has accumulated a lot of knowledge and potential in the field of laser technology development, while joint research and activities with Taiwan’s developing industry would allow us to enter global value chains and thus increase our competitiveness in the international space. One of the common applications of research could be laser microfabrication technologies. “We can offer for Taiwan laser-chemical selective metal deposition technologies to form electrical conductivity tracks on dielectric surfaces and to allow an electrical circuit pattern to be written with a laser beam directly on a plastic, glass or ceramic (free 3D) surface,”- says dr. Gediminas Račiukaitis. Based on this new technology, called selective surface activation induced by laser (SSAIL) and developed by the Department of Laser Technologies of the Center for Physical Sciences and Techology (FTMC), high value-added products are produced such as antennas, electrical circuits of electronic components chips, integrated electronics into plastic parts or on transparent inorganic dielectrics, that are widely used in automotive, touch screen production, telecommunications.
According to director of the space program of Taiwan dr. Jong-Shinn Wu, laser technologies and solutions is one of the areas in which Taiwan is looking for strong international partners. Laser technologies can be widely used in the semiconductor and aerospace industries, such as the satellite industry.