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Daegu City’s New Growth Engine

Directions to promote new future growth engines

With proven strengths in the machinery, automobile, LCD display, mobile technology and IT- related sectors, the city of Daegu is poised to play a pivotal role in the development of convergence industries, connecting existing industries to new technologies. As the paradigm of global industry and economy continues to shift towards a knowledge-based economy, knowledge and technological innovation are emerging as critical factors of production rather than tangible assets. Recognizing these important changes, the Daegu Metropolitan Government is now focusing heavily on expanding its green energy, IT-BT-NT convergence, and technology sectors and plans to increase its investment in R&D to develop technologies in these sectors. By applying core technology to high-tech industries, promoting R&D, and supporting businesses through the cultivation of skilled manpower, the city continues to create new growth engines for local industries. Fueled by new ideas, innovative technologies, and an indomitable spirit of creativity, Daegu is building a bright and prosperous future.

Medical industry (medical services and devices)

  • Goal
    to further promote Daegu as “Medicity Daegu, the Medical Capital of Korea”.
  • Strategy
    establish a cutting-edge medical complex and medical service cluster; implement projects related to diagnostic radiology, the recovery of physical functions, and U-healthcare; develop medical technology in specialized sectors such as hair transplants and plastic surgery; promote medical tourism using oriental medicine and cultural resources; export IT-based healthcare industries
  • Achievements
    • Built core infrastructure within Medivalley (New Drug Development Center, Medical Device Development Center, Laboratory Animal Center, and Clinical Drug Manufacturing Center)
    • Established the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Medical Innovation Foundation for the efficient operation of Medivalley
    • Attracted key businesses and research institutions to promote the globalization of Medivalley (19 institutions, as of 2010)
    • Supported the development of promising products, such as electric wheelchairs and products related to imaging diagnosis, to cultivate a medical device industry based on IT convergence (2009–2011)
    • Exported dental prosthetics and promoted the city’s dental technology cluster for the development of the dental appliances and materials fields (2010–2013)
    • Established a medical clinical testing center to improve clinical trial technology (2008–2013)
    • Promoted the IT healthcare industry for entrance into the global U-health market (2009–2011) and implemented smart care service pilot projects (2010–2012)
      • Established testbeds and networks for the international collaborative development of U-health products (New Zealand)
      • Supported the remote clinical diagnosis of chronic diseases and established a medication system
    • Operated the Daegu Senior Convention Center to promote the general public’s understanding of the elderly and improve technology for the production of age-friendly goods (2010–2014)
    • Established an integrated medical center to develop treatments for chronic and intractable diseases using western, oriental, and alternative medicines (2009–2012)
    • Operated the Joint Institute for Regenerative Medicine for the development of regenerative medicine as one of the specialized medical technologies of Daegu (2009–2013)
    • Supported the development and commercialization of medical technology at medical R&D centers to advance the medical technology and vision of Daegu as a Medi-City (2011)
    • Supported the R&D and commercialization of cancer diagnostic technology (2011–2014)
    • Attracted foreign medical tourists by using the local medical tourism infrastructure (2011 goal reached: attraction of 10,000 medical tourists) and operated a hair transplant center for medical tourists

Intelligent vehicle and robotics industries

  • Goal
    to advance as a global supplier of parts for intelligent vehicle systems
  • Strategy
    secure key infrastructure such as ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) based on autonomous vehicle testing sites, support R&D for system commercialization; focus on the development of robots for specialized services (medical applications, firefighting assistance, etc.) and multi-functional robots for the support of SMEs
  • Achievements
    • Constructed an ITS-based intelligent automotive parts testing site (2007–2012)
      • Established and conducted reliability tests, evaluations and certifications for parts and systems compatible with ISO standards
    • Established the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Center of the Korea Automotive Technology Institute within the automotive parts testing site to develop technology in response to global trends (2010–2014)
    • Collaborated with vehicle manufacturers for the technological commercialization of core parts and systems for intelligent vehicles (2010–2014)
    • Established the Automotive Parts Development Support Center to support the development and reliability testing of electrical vehicle components (2009–2012)
    • Supported manpower training and operated the automotive parts Regional Innovation Center (RIC) to develop core electronic parts for future-oriented vehicles (2006–2016, Keimyung University)
    • Supported the development of powertrain parts for smart green cars in response to an increased demand for eco-friendly, high-efficiency cars (2011–2014)
    • Supported the development of next-generation automotive parts as part of regional economy promotion projects (2010–2013)
    • Designated a key robot industry cluster, advancing and recognizing the growth potential of the regional robotics industry (2012–2016)
    • Attracted the Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement—a leader in national robotics promotion policies—to the local area (June 2010)
    • Established a research center for the design, production, and testing of robotic components (2009–2012)
    • Implemented projects for the development of robots for medical welfare, disaster prevention and other specialized services as part of regional economy promotion projects (2009–2011)
    • Researched human augmentation robotics technology for the construction of a research institute specializing in robotics technology (2010–2019)
    • Implemented an English teaching assistant pilot project to further advance the fields of robotics and create new markets (2010–2011)

Renewable energy industry (solar energy, fuel cells)

  • Goal
    to advance Daegu as a leader in low-carbon green growth
  • Strategy
    implement leading regional industry projects that focus on solar energy and fuel cells; establish a renewable energy test center in conjunction with the World Energy Congress 2013; establish a Solar City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote solar energy
  • Achievements
    • Hosted the 2013 World Energy Congress from October 13 to 17 (welcoming 5,000 participants from 100 countries) to promote Daegu as a key area for green energy
    • Strengthened the global competitiveness of the area’s solar energy parts and materials industries to develop next-generation thin-film solar cells (amorphous silicon cells and organic photovoltaic cells) (2009–2011)
    • Implemented a global hub project to develop and market fuel cells and hydrogen storage systems for power generation and transport (2009–2011)
    • Established the DGIST Convergence Research Institute for the development of green energy and IT convergence technology (2009–2012)
    • Created a promotion and exhibition center within the Daegyeong Energy Climate Change Center to increase the general public’s understanding of renewable energy
    • Hosted the Green Energy Expo and International LED & Display Expo for marketing and to promote information exchanges in the energy industry
    • Constructed a tower solar power plant for the commercialization of solar power (2009–2011) and established an intelligent greenhouse (2010–2014)
    • Conducted tests for the commercialization of household energy storage systems (10kw) (2010–2013)
    • Established a Mobile Nuclear Battery hub for the commercialization of small batteries used in extra small airplanes and medical devices (2011–2016)
    • Distributed renewable energy such as solar energy to public facilities and private households (2011)
    • Constructed a fuel cell power plant (total capacity of 11.2 MW) located in the 4th Seongseo Industrial Complex with a private capital of KRW 60 billion. Completed in October 2010 (Phase I, with a 5.6 MW capacity) and May 2011 (Phase II, with a 5.6 MW capacity). Plant constructed following the Paris Agreement on climate change to enhance the image of Daegu as an eco-friendly city