About Industrial Economics and Knowledge (IEK)

A Leading Industrial Trends and Policy Research Center

The Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center (IEK) was inaugurated on June 30, 2000 to help business in Taiwan meet revolutionary changes in a fast moving knowledge economy. Since its genesis, IEK has been providing customers with value-added, multi-disciplinary information and services on ground of its in-depth research in industrial development and technological foresight. It promptly responds to clients’ needs in an ever-changing environment by coordinating vast R&D capabilities from its parent organization, the nonprofit Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), and by taking advantage of ITRI’s footing in the international arena. With its knowledge management and active interactions with government and industries, IEK helps the nation gain competitive advantages as well as helps the business community create value.


IEK is dedicated to becoming an Asian-Pacific industrial research institute and to providing services in growth strategy, consulting, and business performance evaluation. IEK continues to commit itself to voicing IEK View, which is an insightful and visionary commentary to push for more open dialogues and collaboration for government and industries.

Capabilities and Services

IEK’s Robust Research Team

IEK has more than 150 technology and management analysts and professional consultants with extensive research skills and practical experience. It also has nearly 6,000 experts from ITRI’s laboratories & research centers in a form of joint research to provide customers with one-stop, high quality solutions. In addition, IEK also cooperates with outside scholars to ensure its research quality. As a result, IEK’s tailored services and unique researches have gained high recognition and unreserved praises from customers.


IEK’s studies cover electronics, information, communications, nanotechnology, petrochemical, chemical materials, bio-technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and regional industrial development. In response to emerging issues, IEK’s recent research interest spans green energy, technology-enabled services, and urban development. IEK devotes all its effort to production and market analysis, demand forecast, leading corporate strategies, competitor analysis, industry development and trends, key issue evaluation, and supply chain development. IEK also actively assists the government in formulating competitive policies while promoting dissemination of research results and industrial innovation and development.

Diverse and Integrated Value-Added Services

Industrial Intelligence Network IEK has accumulated many years of research information to provide “Industrial Intelligence Network.” This online service, which is in the form of modules by research domain, includes analysis on major industrial news, introduction to new technologies and products, specific research outcomes, on-demand consulting service, workshops, and archive of research reports. Details of the Industry Information Network are available at http://ieknet-eng.iek.org.tw.


IEK publishes industry yearbooks, research analysis, monographs on hot topics, and industry observations.

Workshops and Forums

IEK regularly hosts national as well as international workshops and forums on new products and emerging industry sectors, technology trends, policies, and international competition. Speeches delivered by industry practitioners, government officials, scholars, and overseas experts allow participants to catch industry dynamics. Interactions with the speakers also help update participants on the latest industry developments and know-how.

Industry Consultancy Services

IEK consulting helps its clients create value, achieve high performance, and emerge even stronger through its groundbreaking research and hands-on facilitation experience.

Clients and Partners IEK’s unique role as a government think tank enables it to have close contacts with several government entities that set policies for industry development and the nation’s economy. Its association with key public policy makers along with its success-driven services has built a network of partnerships and formed strategic alliances with local and global organizations in various industries.

  • Government:
    • Including Executive Yuan, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Transportation & Communication, etc.
  • Domestic enterprises or associations:
    • Including renowned domestic companies in semiconductor, information & communications, biotechnology, petrochemical, rubber & plastics, machinery, and financial industries as well as business associations and organizations.
  • Foreign enterprises or business associations:
    • Including major multinational companies in semiconductor, information & communications, machine tools, and petrochemical industries as well as renowned business associations and organizations.