Tuesday, August 02, 2005

VietNam Invests in Robots

VietNam is joining other Aisian nations in encouraging domestic robot production.
From Vietnam News Service:

HCM CITY — Under a proposal to spur the development of HCM City’s industrial sector, the city government plans to invest over VND50 billion (US$3.1 million) in a programme to manufacture robotics equipment.

The programme will aim to manufacture robotics equipment at a lower cost than imports, while still requiring products to meet the quality standards of their foreign counterparts.

Luong said relevant agencies should complete administrative procedures relating to the transfer, maintenance and registration of industrial property rights in order to expand technology transfer and localisation content between 2007-08.

Close to 70 per cent of imported machines and equipment came from neighbouring countries and territories such as mainland China, Taiwan and other Asean nations.

In related news, Thanhnien News reports that Asimo will be visiting VietNam in August. The visit is preceded by a childrens' art contest entitled,"Portraying ASIMO before meeting him." This is a return visit to Vietnam for the superstar:
"The Japanese robot, whose lifelike walking and arm movements have charmed people worldwide, first visited Vietnam’s capital Hanoi in April 2004. "

VietNam News


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