Taiwan ranks sixth in two industry 4.0 technologies

Taipei, Oct. 13 (CNA) Taiwan ranked sixth in the world in terms of the number of patents acquired for digital data processing and information equipment -- two important technologies in industry 4.0 -- the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) said Tuesday. Industry 4.0 is a collective term embracing a number of contemporary automation, data exchange and manufacturing technologies. Taiwan came in behind the United States, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Canada in these two important areas, NARLabs said. According to a competitiveness analysis of Taiwan's science and technology published by NARLabs, the number of patents in the United States ranked fifth in the world, accounting for between 3 percent and 4 percent of the patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The NARLabs' Science and Technology Policy Research and Information Center said that Taiwan has invested more in patent technologies of electrical machinery and energy, semiconductors and machine tools. Although the number of patents in machine tools is not especially high, it has a higher number of citations, the center said. NARLabs, established in 2003, is an independent, non-profit institute that combines various national laboratories. (By Milly Lin and Lilian Wu)