The Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) was founded in 2003, and is located in the center of Taiwan, near efficient and convenient land, sea and air transportation hubs. In the wake of the establishment of Hsinchu Science Park and Southern Taiwan Science Park, CTSP is yet another key cluster of high-tech industries. CTSP consists of five sites, namely the Taichung Park, Huwei Park, Houli Park, Erlin Park, and Chung Hsing Park, which cover a total area of 1,486 hectares. As of March 2018, 187 companies, 9 incubation centers and 6 research institutes had been approved for occupancy. Planned and existing investment is roughly NT$2.1 trillion, and 145 firms are currently in operation, creating 44,753 jobs.
CTSP seeks to strike a balance between economic development and environmental protection, while moving towards the goal of becoming one of the most competitive science parks in the world. To achieve a sustainable future, CTSP is endeavoring to upgrade itself into a smart science park via the encouragement of innovation & entrepreneurship, support for academia-industry collaboration, and the development of such emerging technologies as artificial intelligence, robotics, IoT, and renewable energy, etc. In line with this goal, an AI Robotics Hub has been set up at CTSP to connect the industrial, academic, and research sectors and foster an environment in which a culture of innovation can thrive and makers are encouraged to generate inventive breakthroughs.
Central Taiwan Science Park Bureau, Ministry of Science and Technology
The six major high-tech industries of CTSP consist of the Optoelectronics, Integrated Circuits, Biotechnology, Precision Machinery, Computer & Peripherals, and Green Energy industries. Mass production of 12-inch wafers is performed at all nine 12-inch wafer gigafabs in CTSP, and more 12-inch wafer gigafab facilities are now being added to increase manufacturing capacity. This implies that CTSP will soon be a powerhouse center of the semiconductor industry.
The optoelectronics industry will continue to introduce optoelectronic display systems and components (TFT-LCD monitors, polarizers, glass substrate and process materials, color resists, TMA), PV systems and components (polysilicon, solar cells and modules), optical lenses, new lithium-polymer batteries, LED dies with high brightness and power, and OLEDs.
The precision machinery industry has been introducing CNC machine tools, relevant equipment, and key components for aviation, semiconductors, TFT-LCD displays, air cargo containers, carbon fiber composite, super high-pressure & high-speed gas filling machines and steel cylinders, FPD sputtering targets for panels, and vacuum systems. As a consequence, the ratio of locally-manufactured equipment used in high-tech industry will continue to increase.
The biotech industry has been introducing pharmaceutical and medical materials, medical equipment and facilities, reagents for farm produce, vaccines, and livestock and aquatic products.
The integrated circuits industry will continue to expand IC design and manufacturing service chains, wafer foundries, packaging and testing services, process equipment, and reclaimed wafer services.
Computer & Peripherals
The industry is developing key system components and electric products for cars.
The green energy industry has been introducing polycrystalline silicon materials, green energy materials, silicon wafer-based solar cells, and thin-film solar cells and modules.
The Taichung Park site is located on the border between the Daya and Xitun districts of Taichung City, has an area of 466 hectares, and offers convenient links with Freeway 1, Freeway 3, and the Taichung-Changhua Expressway. It is 9.2 km from the Taiwan High Speed Rail system's Wurih Station and adjacent to the Port of Taichung and Qingquangang Airport, which ensures convenient air, sea, and land transportation access. The overall core planning for the park features the dual aspects of "sustainable development" and "preservation of a local look," and the park offers a convenient location, favorable climate, and adjacent urban functions, among other environmental advantages. As a result, this site has become a green park attracting the long-term residency of high-tech enterprises and talented personnel.
A bird’s-eye view of the Taichung Park
The AI Robotics Hub at CTSP
The Huwei Park is located in the northwestern part of Huwei Township, Yunlin County and occupies 96 hectares. An adjacent area on its eastern side has been set aside for a Taiwan High Speed Rail station that was completed in July 2015. With convenient High Speed Rail access, this site will be able to quickly develop into a healthy and functional green science park and community with great industrial capabilities.
Entrance to Huwei Park
A public park in Huwei Science Park
The Houli Park is located in the Houli District of Taichung City. It is about 11 km from the Taichung Park and close to the Fengyuan commercial district. Of a total area of 256 hectares, 148 hectares have been set aside for exclusive industrial use. The two primary sites of this science park campus are at Houli and Chising, and are located on the southern and northern sides of the Houli District's urban planning area. These sites are primarily aimed at manufacturers in the optoelectronics industry, and seek to integrate local industrial resources in the Houli District and create local economic prosperity.
Cherry blossoms in the Houli Park
The AU Optronics plant in Houli Park
The Erlin Park is located in Erlin Township, Changhua County, and is around 6.3 km west of the Yuanlin Interchange on Freeway 1. The site was originally Taiwan Sugar's Wanxing Farm and Dapaisha Farm, and occupies 631 hectares. The area exclusively set aside for park utilities occupies 350 hectares. This park campus is primarily aimed at the precision machinery industry.
A flood detention pond in the Erlin Park
Chung Hsing Park
The Chung Hsing Park is located in the northwestern part of Nantou County, and is 4 km from Caotun and 6 km from Nantou City. It is part of the urban planning area for Chung Hsing New Village (including Nanneilu) in Nantou County, and has a total area of 37 hectares. In addition to existing administration-oriented operations, the park primarily targets the cultural creative industry and high-tech research and development.
ITRI's Central Taiwan Innovation Campus
Allison Labs in the Chung Hsing Park