Founded in 1976, the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) is a government-funded research institute under the Ministry of Science, ICT (information communication technology) and Future Planning. Established as Korea Test Institute of Machinery and Metals under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (formerly Ministry of Commerce and Industry). To contribute to economic growth of the nation by performing research & development (R&D) on key technologies in the area of mechanical engineering. To achieve this, KIMM conducts reliability tests, evaluates machine components/ materials, and commercializes the developed products or machineries through technology transfer and support.
KIMM’s research interests are widely spread from the nano-scale to macroscale and cover five research divisions; Advanced Manufacturing Systems, Nano-Convergence Mechanical Systems, Environment and Energy Systems, Extreme Mechanical Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Systems Safety. Apart from the main research institute in Daejeon, KIMM also has three regional research centers in Daegu, Busan and Gimhae. Respectively, these research centers specialize in Medical Devices and Green Energy, Laser Technologies, and LNG and Cryogenic Technology.
With its know-how in ultra-precision machining, control and design, the Advanced Manufacturing Systems Research Division conducts research on technologies concerning materials, processes, equipments, measurements and evaluation necessary for the manufacturing of products with a degree of precision, ranging from the nanometer to micrometer. Technologies developed by the Division form the core of all industries, such as general machinery, displays, industrial robots, next-generation machining systems, digital contents and automobiles.