In this endless competition era where only the best can survive, SMEs are also being
affected with no exception. As a tree with strong roots can endure even the fiercest
wind, in order to secure continued competitiveness of Korea's economy, we need to
enhance the roots of our industry to withstand the winds of change.
KITECH was established for the purpose of strengthening SMEs' autonomy, which allows
them to bear any external pressure, and leading Korea's industrial growth by providing
technical nourishments to SMEs, which are the roots of our economy.
To this end, over the past five years, KITECH has been devoted to building a more
efficient supporting system, such as the reselection of the main research areas, establishment of the headquarter for close
technical support, and expansion of internal and external communication channels.
As a result, KITECH has been successful in sorting out various kinds of research fields to concentrate on our unique
responsibility, and focusing on three research areas; Root Technology, Manufacturing System Technology, and Industry
Moreover, we now have a nationwide technical supporting system, which transfers our research results to SMEs
immediately so that they can put these results to practical use. With these achievements, KITECH has laid out a more solid
foundation for securing world-class research productivity and providing SMEs with practical services for improvement and
Based on this, KITECH will continue to dedicate itself to showing more distinguished accomplishments.
We will do our utmost to create new revenue models and job opportunities by providing technical nourishments to SMEs,
which are competing in an unfavorable global market. In addition, we will make persistent efforts to help SMEs play a
pivotal role for the creative economy.
We promise to constantly change and reform to ensure world-class research productivity, and to readily pass down our
research results to the SMEs' production sites.
YI SUNG-IL, Ph.D.
President of Korea Institute of Industrial Technology