Second Taiwan Robot Mission a Success for U.K. Robotics

In the News
April 24, 2017

Last fall, a team of British technology experts successfully completed a second mission aimed at deepening ties between the U.K. and Taiwan robot sectors.

Their goal included nurturing further collaboration and investment opportunities in “R&D, commercialisation and exports of robotics and autonomous systems.”

The high-profile visit, organized by the U.K. Science and Innovation Network, followed a similar mission in 2015. A key aim was to encourage British and Taiwanese companies to embark on “proactive engagement” in robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) activities across a range of sectors, including aviation, aerospace, machinery, manufacturing and production, and medical devices and healthcare.

“The Foreign Office likes to keep U.K. business abreast of what’s going on in the rest of the world, and as part of this, they maintain a global Science and Innovation Network operating out of embassies and consulates all over the world,” said Rich Walker, managing director at Shadow Robot Co.

Walker took part in the visit alongside Guang-Zhong Yang, chairman of the Engineering and Physicial Sciences Research Council’s U.K. Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (EPSRC UK-RAS) and director of the Hamlyn Centre at Imperial College London. They joined other robotics experts from Aylesbury Automation Ltd. and engineering behemoth Rolls-Royce PLC.

“The Taiwan local team realised that there were lots of activities taking place in robotics both in the U.K. and Taiwan, and it decided to organize a trade mission focused on engagement between U.K. and Taiwanese robotics companies and researchers,” Walker added.

Business Takeaways:

  • The British and Taiwan robot sectors are continuing to forge strong links and collaborative partnerships.
  • There are strong synergies between the U.K. and Taiwanese robotics sectors in areas as diverse as aerospace, manufacturing, and healthcare.
  • British robotics companies view Taiwan as an important springboard to the Chinese market.

Taiwan robot companies make a return visit
As part of the four-day trip, the British team toured a number of the leading robotics research in the country, including the...

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