|Wednesday, 08 October 2008|
The National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) under the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the Ministry of Science and Technology, has been assigned by the government as the core agency in coordinating and drafting the National Strategic Plan for Materials Technology (2007-2016). This plan is to be the guideline for the national economic and social development towards scientific and technology knowledge-based society and for economy and the country’s materials technology development. This plan is similar to the strategic master plans in the three other technological fields :
MTEC has set the main operating direction under the strategic plan, of which the country’s vision has been established as “Materials technology will support the value-added and strengthen the nation’s economy, society, and security”. There are 5 major strategies as follows :
Strategy 1 Materials Technology to develop automobile, electrical appliances and electronics, machinery, and parts industries.
Strategy 2 Materials Technology to develop agricultural and food industries.
Strategy 3 Materials Technology to develop the cluster of fashion industries.
Strategy 4 Materials Technology to develop the medical and health sector.
Strategy 5 Materials Technology to develop alternative energy.
Framework of the 4th NSTDA Strategic Plan (2006-2010)
under the 4th NSTDA Strategic Plan to push forward and increase the potential of the country’s science and technology in response to the economic and social situation and need of the country, MTEC adjusted its operational strategy towards a program-based and integrative operation among the existing national centers under NSTDA, so as to be in line with the development of the major clusters.
Food and agro industry
To promote the country’s food and agricultural industry to be able to compete in the global market, MTEC has aimed at the research and development into packaging, equipment and machinery technology for agriculture as well as the research and development on rubber or natural rubber as follows;
Medical and public health industry
To improve the quality of life among Thai people who have been traumatized in accident or suffer from disability or other health problems, MTEC focuses on the research and development of high demand medical materials and equipment for domestic use, e.g. repair and substitute materials for bone and dental application, materials to cure injuries and skin substitution, materials and equipment for post treatment of bone and injuries, equipment for joint rehabilitation, forming of net shape implantation materials to cure in skull and face problems using rapid prototyping technology. At the sometime, skilled personnel in this field will be developed throughout various research projects.
Automotive and transportation industry
Aiming at capability development of the domestic automobile industry, MTEC emphasizes technological development in design, manufacturing, energy conservation, coupled with the application of new light weight / high strength materials, e.g., the prototype for Dual Fuel NGV for bus, NGV system, frame and automobile equipment made from composite materials for weight reduction and fuel economy, water repellant mirror, side-door and back view mirror. On the other hand, capability building in the application of advanced design and manufacturing technology using computer programming or finite element, plastic engineering technology, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping, advanced metal and materials technology are nurtured under clustering development through the collaboration among the private sector, academia, and alliances
Software, microchips and electronics Industry
MTEC has supported research and development on electro-discharged materials for electronic packaging and electro-discharging behavior from plastic injection. Together with financial analysis, all supporting results will be used to develop compound formulae for plastic injection of electro-discharged packaging in the hard disk drive industry, a heavily invested industry in
Energy and environmental industry
With the current energy crisis in
Textile and chemical industry
Since Thai textile products have to be competitive in the high quality markets, MTEC is directing the effort of research and development for functional textiles to increase value creation for technology transfer to the private sector and to expand the market opportunity. Examples are odor repellant textile for automobile and other industries, non-woven clothes, which deflect ultraviolet and infrared for agricultural application. Environmental friendly materials corresponding to the standards and regulations of EU are also being developed to preserve and expand of Thai textile world markets.
Community Society and Disability
MTEC intends to transfer the knowledge and capability to apply materials technology with the handicraft products in order to create synergy in community networks and technology integration. There are the project to develop domestic ceramics products for the world market by sending experts to consult and develop the manufacturing processes, the promotion of research and development of materials technology to create more value of domestic\ handicraft, etc.
Materials technology based industries
MTEC aims to develop the knowledge and basic science and technology for applied research and development in the manufacturing industry via two approaches: simulation and design/production. Targeted groups include automotive and parts industry, mold and die industry, metal casting technology, plastic injection industry and medical device industry, which revolve around thermal and mechanical forming principals. The key factor for enhanced competitiveness of Thai industries in the world market is improved efficiency in production technology with quality in accordance with standards and market demand at present and in the future. In addition, innovation for new products or materials with improved properties has been identified to support relevant industries in
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