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  台灣紡織產業已經無法透過勞力密集出口導向的利基來迴避紅海,全球分工合作與自由貿易協定(FTA)正緊密加速進行中,紡織產業未來必須瞭解並整合世界新興市場消費趨勢並研發新時代因應對策。欲迴避薄利多銷的紅海轉向藍海市場,必須藉由高附加價值、多元化、特殊差異化、提昇品質門檻、創意思維等方向,創造領先性產品與領導性品牌。政府有鑒於此世界紡織的發展趨勢,自2008年起規劃三個創造產值千億計畫包括有機能性紡織品開發推廣聯盟、產業用紡織品產值倍增計畫、時尚紡織推廣計畫,全力再造台灣紡織產業。

  創造領先性產品最重要的就是能不斷地賦予產品新的功能性與附加價值,因此必須持續發展引入新的原料並研發對應的生產技術。目前日本與歐美諸國所極力發展之產業用創新尖端纖維紡織工業,將是未來整體紡織產業發展的重點。傳統紡織工業的服飾用紡織品在未來產業結構中的比例將逐步降低。而國內將開發新型複合材料運用在人造纖維製品的研發上,仍落後國外甚多,造成關鍵性原物料長期被國外企業所掌握,尤其是在產業用紡織品部分,無法因應市場需求作適度之改質與配方變更。

  為了讓功能性與產業用纖維材料生產技術在本土生根,逢甲大學多年來不斷進行著纖維與複合材料的教學與研發,獲得多項研究計畫補助與獎勵,於技術授權與產學合作的績效上也有十分亮眼的成績,至今功能性纖維已經成為本校之研究亮點。在2010年本校順應政府政策與財團法人紡織產業綜合研究所跨單位共同建構紡織高科技學研整合創新走廊,合作成立紡織工業研究中心,協助纖維紡織相關產業研發創新前瞻技術之平台。2013年本校研發團隊配合科技部工程司推動「深耕工業基礎技術專案計畫」資源,進一步跨領域整合本校另一亮點-材料科研團隊資源,設立本「紡織與材料工業研究中心」,以追求功能性纖維工業的高值化為目標,運用本校從原料、染整、產品設計到新產品應用開發的核心能力與教學資源,協助提昇紡織工業基礎技術能力與產品精緻度,厚植關鍵知識、奠定發展根基,培育紡織、材料工業人才。並推動「機能性纖維與材料產業發展聯盟」,結合產、官、學、研、訓資源長期營運,形成一個屬於產業或跨異業間的服務平台。促進跨業、異業的結盟合作與創新,提供纖維、紡織、成衣、鞋業、醫療甚至於國防產業同業吸收新知機會並提升研發能量,帶動產業快速轉型達到聯盟共榮的目的。

       在發展出功能性纖維的量產技術之後,逐步發展智能纖維材料,改良與昇級當前具備相當市場的功能性纖維產業用技術,配合智能性纖維開發與機電及數位化之技術整合性運用,將單一或是多重功能性纖維配合特殊用途應用領域,並拓展至兼具多重功能與智能之纖維、高分子、薄膜、塑膠與複合材料等多重新功能性應用之領域。並將之推廣至生活、能源、電子電機、環境科技領域等高附加價值產業用纖維產業。將科研成果更貼近產業市場需求,以期達到產業樂意投入資源與學界進行技術研發的目標,以達到TMIRC研究中心自己自足的目標,並協助產業鞏固台灣在高值化功能性纖維製品之世界地位。

Under the pressure of globalization and impacts from international free trade agreement, the textile industries in Taiwan have no longer retain the benefits from labor-intensive export. Textile industries must focus on the trend of newly developed markets and formulate blue-ocean strategies. The industries must be vertically integrated, eventually joining all the links in the supply chains to build leading products and brands. 
To keep leadership, the textile products requires constantly developing new functions for increasing the additive values. Therefore, Taiwan textile industry must steadily invested in new machinery and developed new materials and corresponding technologies.  The novel industrial fabrics will be the future trend of global textile industries, and the ratio of apparel fabrics market will decreases. However, the researches of new fiber material in Taiwan still lag far behind advanced countries, and the key raw material have been controlled by foreign companies. This limits the adaptability and benefits of local industries.
To localize the manufacture of functional fabric materials, the research team of Feng Chia University has been devoted to teaching and research developments of the functional fiber and composite materials for years.  Research output has been recognized by many outstanding rewards and technological authorizations.  Functional fabrics research will lead bright future to the Feng Chia University. 
In 2010, Feng Chia University and Taiwan Textile Research Institute cofound “Textile Industry Research Center” to build a R&D platform of innovative fabric technologies.  In 2013, the research team further cooperates with the other outstanding research team of Feng Chia University, materials science and engineering, to implement the “Industrial Fundamental Technology Project” of Ministry of Science and Technology.  Therefore, “Textile and Material Industrial Research Center” of Feng Chia University has been established to coordinate all tangible and intangible R&D resources of raw materials, finishing and product designing of FCU team. The research team concentrates on the fabrication process and technological development of high value added functional fibers.  The properties of the novel functional fibers has be studied to explore the critical points for the potential applications and marketing products.  All of the multi-functional fiber products are developed for international markets and industrial development tendency. A series course of workshop including theoretical and experimental parts for manufacturing, characterization, and application of the functional fibers are designed and given to the students and industry for each season.  The industrial experts are also invited to speed up the industrial-academic cooperation and rooted-in industries.  An industrial and strategic alliance, “Functional Textiles and Materials Industry Development Consortium”, has also been established to link industries, government, academy, for the research, training and open innovation with long term operation. The project will assist the basic technological ability of the fiber related industries, improve the high quality and added value fiber products, and enhance the international competitiveness of the fiber industries.