Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI), with Taiwan Textile Testing Center as its first predecessor founded in December 1949, originally focused on the quality control and inspection of imported raw textile materials and exported textile products in Taiwan. In response to the rapid development of the domestic textile industry, the organization was renamed China Textile Institute in June 1971 and shifted its operation focus to the quality control, testing, and certification of textile suppliers and manufacturers.
In 1980, the organization was restructured to transform its operation from quality inspection to technical servicing and process R&D. In 1995, three research buildings, namely the Dachih Building, Daren Building, and Dayong Building, were erected in the TTRI headquarters located in Tucheng District to provide one-stop services. In 2001, the Dayi Building was constructed to host experiments on fiber materials and products.
In September 2004, the organization was renamed TTRI and since then, it has focused on textile R&D, service diversification, and expansion into international markets. To provide value-added services to textile suppliers and manufacturers in central and southern Taiwan, the TTRI Yunlin Branch was established in 2008, and factories were built in the Zhuweizi zone of the Yunlin Technology-Based Industrial Park in Douliu. The branch office integrates technology R&D, testing, and promotion to provide services related to factory demonstration, startup incubation, and product R&D.
At present, the TTRI in Tucheng and Douliu have 344 full-time employees, 70% of whom have a master’s degree or higher. The employees are constituted of talented individuals from diverse fields, including textile (23.0%); chemical, chemical engineering, material, biomedicine, environmental engineering (30.7%); information technology, electronics, electrical engineering, and machine automation (12.9%); social science(economics and management) (16.1%); culture, art, and design (9.5%); and medicine, agriculture, and other natural sciences (7.8%). This enables TTRI to provide multifaceted services and industrial solutions.
To help domestic textile suppliers and manufacturers develop and promote functional, industrial, and smart textile products, TTRI founded the Textile Research and Development Association International in 1999, Taiwan Technical Textile Association in 2004, and Taiwan Smart Textile Association in 2018.
In the future, TTRI will focus on the screening and R&D of key technology to garner its core technical capacity; reinforce innovative and prospective R&D to improve the competitiveness of the domestic textile industry; strengthen the allocation of smart assets to pioneer industrial activities and secure Taiwan’s leading role in the textile industry; promote technological collaboration with the global community to integrate worldwide innovation resources; assist with industrial technology integration to create new value chains for industrial alliances; and foster an organizational culture that emphasizes collaboration, honesty, practicality, and innovation. By overcoming challenges and growing therefrom in technological advancements, TTRI will collaborate with its industrial and R&D partners to create new opportunity for the Taiwanese textile industry.