Exchanging information
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1.1 Exchanging information

March 8, 1994
Dear Mr. Smith,

Previous correspondence Thank you for your letter dated 31 December 1993 and for the publication "Cutting Your Losses 2." In response, I'd like to propose a technological information exchange regarding environmental pollution prevention and waste minimization.

Your organization's background and pertinent activity WEIC is a non-governmental, non-profit subsidiary of Union Chemical Laboratories of the Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan. We are currently involved in a long-term project entitled "Industrial Waste Minimization Information Service," which has already been sponsored for more than three years by our government's Industrial Development Bureau(IDB). The goal of this long-term project focuses on providing relevant information on industrial waste minimization. Our major work includes publication of a bimonthly waste minimization magazine, facilitation of waste exchange/reuse, and dissemination of commercialized waste minimization technologies. The experimental results generated in this project have already been most helpful in Taiwan's environmental protection work.

Need for technology Rapid economic growth in Taiwan annually produces more than seven million tons of municipal waste and thirty million tons of industrial waste. To alleviate this problem, government, industry, and research and technology organizations have all recognized that product technology improvement would be a most effective solution. Many such projects currently focus on the study and implementation of life cycle assessment, clean technology, and 'polluter pays' policies. We recognize that ensuring the continued success of our efforts in Taiwan depends on the open sharing and exchange of related experiences with other similar organizations. Enclosed please find a presentation document that provides further insight into WEIC, Taiwan.

Suggestions on how to begin information exchange I am looking forward to hearing your ideas or suggestions regarding this information exchange opportunity. I would also like to arrange for a ten-day technical visit to your organization this upcoming May as the initial step of our cooperation. If at all possible, please notify me as to which dates are most convenient for you. A tentative visiting schedule would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance for your careful consideration; I am looking forward to our future cooperation.

Sincerely,
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1.2 Information exchange (shorter version of 1.1)

September 24,
1994 Dear Ms. Smith:

Introduction I am a researcher at the Waste Exchange Information Center (WEIC) of Union Chemical Laboratories, of the Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan, R.O.C. We have received your publication "Waste Watcher" on a regular basis for quite some time and have found it to provide valuable information.

Your organization's background WEIC is a non-governmental, non-profit organization. Our goal is to assist industries in the recycling and reuse, before disposal, of their waste materials. Enclosed please find a document that may give further insight into WEIC. Since our goals closely match that of your organization, we would like to develop a partner relationship with you, for information exchange and for possible future collaboration.

Information request Would you please send me introductory information as well as any other relevant publications which describe your strategies, methodologies, achievements and future objectives?"

Sincerely,
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1.3 Information exchange

October 11,
1994 Dear Mr. Brown,

Previous correspondence Apologies for such a late delay in response to your previous correspondence (E-mail transmission of September 19). This tie-up in communication might have possibly been caused by my recent transfer from the Polymer Compounding Department to the Polymer Additives Department.

Major programs or activities in your laboratory At any rate, I was quite pleased to hear that you are interested in our current programs. Let me briefly let you in on our ongoing projects.

Major research programs in conductive polymers at UCL include the following:
1. The blending of conjugated conductive polymers (e.g., polyaniline)for ESD applications
2. The compounding of carbon-filled thermoplastics (TP), which are used in semiconductive shielding layers of power cable and packaging products for electronic devices, and
3. The polymerization and blending of TP/hydrophilic polymers, which are used in electro-antistatic applications.

These research programs receive partial government funding from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Our goal is to meet the strong demand for ESD/antistatic products in the emerging electronics industry in Taiwan.

Commendation of their organization Your corporation has a long tradition in providing engineering TP (e.g., Noryl) that has various properties and excellent quality.

Information exchange proposal We would like to exchange related information, if you are interested in these above-mentioned program developments. We also anticipate the possibility of a joint-venture between our two organizations in the near future.

Please let me know if you have any comments regarding these programs. I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely yours,
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1.4 Information exchange (shorter version of 1.3)

October 19,
1994 Dear Mr. Smith,

Previous contact During my brief stay in the United States, thanks for providing me with such a valuable opportunity to exchange market information regarding permanent anti-static polymers (e.g., Stat-Rite 2300).

Product technology and its' market potential Stat-Rite 2300 is an excellent anti-static polymer that blends with other thermoplastics can be used in ESD applications in the electronics industry. We believe that this permanent anti-static plastic has strong market potential, especially in light of the emerging electronics industry. In Taiwan, as a matter of fact, we are placing a strong emphasis on the assessment of anti-static agents/plastics. If you need any further information regarding this topic, please contact me.

Best Regards.
Sincerely,

(Invitation to Taiwan) P.S. If you are planning a trip to the Far East in the near future, I hope that you will visit us at UCL and see some of the sights that Taiwan has to offer.
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