About MTEC

The National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) was established by the Cabinet Resolution on September 16, 1986 as a project under the Office of the Permanent-Secretary of the then Ministry of Science and Energy. 

The main objective is to support research and development in metals and materials technologies. In 1991, MTEC became a member of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Ministry of Science and Technology.



The National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) specializes in materials technologies and related engineering in collaboration with strategic alliances to propel vital development of the country.


To create and enhance capabilities in materials technologies of both government and private sectors through

  • Innovative research and development
  • Technology transfer for practical uses which make great impacts on the country
  • Human resource development for industry and society
  • Infrastructure development

MTEC offers a wide range of technical services such as collaborative research, contract research, consultancy services and human resource development in materials technologies. We also provide analytical testings and consultation related to manufacturing by experienced scientists and technicians in a unique analytical laboratory setting which meets international standards. The services provided also include technology transfer in conjunction with Technology Licensing Office (TLO) in order to raise the competitiveness of Thailand’s industries and improve the quality of people’s lives.

The core operational guidelines

The National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) has operated under the guidance of NSTDA core missions and the 6th NSTDA Strategic Plan which is designed to align with the 20-Year National Strategy, the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2017-2021), and the National Materials Technology Development Policy Framework (2018-2027). 

The strategic plans emphasize on the utilization of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for national development and to solve the country’s problems leading to significant economic and social impacts as well as stimulating STI investments.

MTEC has positioned itself as a “Solution Provider in 2 main areas, Sustainable Materials Solution and Digital Engineering Solution in order to deliver beneficial and practical research outcomes for commercial uses in both industrial and agricultural sectors. Our R&D works and innovation result from academic excellence and relevant answers to the needs of target users, sustainably creating socio-economic impacts. Three major operation pathways are defined as follows:

  1. MTEC Mission-driven Themes
  2. Integrated Platform
  3. Materials Technology Platform

the 20-year National Strategy Plan (2017-2036)

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