5+1 New Growth Industries

The Future Industries +
Conventions of Korea

Daegu is a first-class business city and a leader of new industries
Daegu offers a glimpse into the present and future economy of Korea. Traditional industries which have been the driving force of Korea’s development are being renewed through organizational development and innovation, while investment in the infrastructure for building an innovative city and a national industrial complex are being made to foster new growth industries that will lead mankind in the future. Come visit Daegu, the city of limitless possibilities for cultural exchange and collaboration.

The Global Hub of the Water Industry,
Daegu, the Center of Korea’s Water Industry

The city of Daegu continues its restoration projects for its urban streams and Nakdonggang River,
the longest river in South Korea, and was awarded the Silver Prize at the International
Environmental Awards in 2006. Additionally, the city is establishing the infrastructure required to
compete in the global water industry by operating the national water industry cluster and the Korea
Institute for Water Technology Certification, and building a test bed for distribution.
The city continues its efforts to develop into a global hub for the water industry by creating
the Global Water Industry Cluster Leaders Forum, and through the continued hosting of
the International Water Industry Conference, World Water Cities Forum,
the Korea International Water Week, and the Water Expo & Conference Korea.

  • Hosted the 7th World Water Forum, themed “Water for Our Future,”for 40,000 participants from 100 countries (2015)
  • Hosts the Korea International Water Week to help overseas expansion of the domestic water industry
    (heldannually since 2016)
  • Established the National Water Industry Cluster (July 2016) comprised of over 150 water-related companies,
    including R&D facilities and a test bed for distribution. Provides one-stop support
    (technological development → certification and verification → domestic and overseas expansion)
    for water-related companies
  • Established the Korea Institute for Water Technology Certification, the only organization in Korea to certify and
    verify technology for the water industry (Nov 2019)
  • Aims to become the global hub of the water industry by 2025 by creating 10 world-class technologies,
    reach one trillion won in exports, and create 5,000 new jobs

The Hub of the National Medical Industry,
Korea’s Medi-city

“Medi-City Deagu” is the flagship of Korea’s medical industry, and is home to twelve general hospitals,
3,000 medical facilities, four medical schools, and one eastern medicine school.
The medical industry of Daegu was designated by the government as a key industry to foster
and drive new growth. Home to Daegu-Gyeongbuk Medical Innovation Foundation research facilities,
the Korean Brain Research Institute, and the Korean Institute of Oriental Medicine,
Daegu is positioning itself to becoming a global hub city that offers the best in the advanced
medical industry.

  • Successful bid to host the 2026 World Congress for Neurorehabilitation, the largest neurorehabilitation event
  • Designated the Daegu-Gyeongbuk High-tech Medical Complex (Dec 2009)
  • Established the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Medical Innovation Foundation and four other key research support facilities (Nov 2013)
  • Completion of the Korea Brain Research Institute (2014)
  • The country's first and Asia's fourth successful arm transplant procedure (2015-2020)
  • The first city outside of the capital region to reach a cumulative of 30,000 medical tourists
  • Top ranked in the 2019 national "Patient Experience Evaluation,”and 6 hospitals with tier 1 ranking for colon and
    lung cancer treatment

Daegu, the City Leading
Self-Driving Electric Vehicles

Daegu boasts the largest auto parts industry in the country with over 3,000 car parts manufacturers
(Pyung Hwa, SL, Sangsin Brake, etc.) in the area. The city plans to create a new business model
based around building a platform to implement the integration of 5G technology into
self-driving vehicles, laying the foundation to produce auto parts for future vehicles,
and creating the infrastructure and ecosystem required for manufacturing, supplying and
testing electric vehicles.

  • Established the first proving ground to utilize an urban Intelligent Transport System (ITS) in Korea (2014)
  • Designated as an area to test self-driving vehicles by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transportation (2016)
  • Established the support system for autonomous driving at Suseong Alpha City (2018)
  • Three time consecutive winner of the "National Brand Award for Cities Leading in Electric Vehicles” (2018-2020)
  • Hosts the Daegu International Future Auto EXPO (DIFA) (annually since 2018)
  • Awarded the "Model City for Electric Vehicles” award by the International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (2019)
  • Currentlyestablishing infrastructure for self-driving (2021-2024)

Self-Sufficient Clean Energy City

With a goal of becoming the first city in Korea to be energy self-sufficient,
Daegu hosted the first International Solar Cities Congress in 2004, and has been hosting
the International Green Energy Expo & Business Conference, one of the top ten largest
solar energy expos in the world, and the International Green Energy Business Conference, each year.
In 2012, the city secured the contract to house the headquarters for International Solar Cities,
successfully hosted the 2012 World Energy Congress and 2015 International Solar Energy Society
Solar World Congress, and succeeded in the bid to host the 2021 World Gas Congress,
all of which helped the city make great strides in emerging as a world-class energy city.

  • Hosted the 22nd World Energy Congress (2013)
  • The first national industrial complex built using ablock-type microgrid (2018)
  • Established energy self-sufficient DaeguTechnopolis (by 2021)
  • Hostingthe 2022 World Gas Forum (May 23-25, 2022)
  • 2nd in renewable energy supply rate among special metropolitan cities

A Leader in the Global Robotics Industry

Daegu has continued to make efforts in fostering new growth in the robotics industry, and as a result,
is now home to the Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement (KIRA), the sole national institute
related to robotics, has the most companies related to robotics outside the capital region, and has
the 3rd highest sales, employment and number of companies in the robotics industry in the country.
From just 23 companies in 2010, the city grew to house 161 in 2017, and plans to grow as the hub
for future robotics in Korea.

  • Selectedasthecityforthe Korea Robot Industry Promotion Agency, a government organization (2010)
  • Announced plans to develop the city into a leader of the robotics industry
    (Mar 2019, Presidential Report)
  • Selected to host the 2024 International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ICTAM),
    an Olympiad for the Mechanics field
      - Monumental 100thanniversary event expected to bring 4,000 experts from around
        the world and to function as the stepping stone for the city’s robotics and future industries
  • Designated as a free economic zone for mobile manipulators (July 2020)
  • Home to four of the seven largest global robotics companies, including Hyundai Robotics and
    Yaskawa Electric Corporation

The World-Renowned
"Daegu Smart City”

Daegu has been laying the foundation for becoming a Smart City since 2016 through
the implementation of civil service AI robots, real-time bus route systems, smart parks, and more.
The city continues its efforts in developing D-Cloud, a system that connects and combines
administrative services; 3D maps and high-speed optical networks; and local data hubs.
Daegu also encourages the active participation of its citizens to help develop the city
into a Smart City through its Citizen’s Public Relations Group and task force in charge of
discovering potential problems around the city. These initiatives ultimately laid the foundation for
Daegu to be selected as the “Model City for the Innovative Growth in Power Project.”

  • Currently building a Daegu SW Convergence Cluster around SW companies
  • Constructing the country's leading Smart City by creating a test bed supported by data
  • Construction for Smart City services complete (13 services in 5 areas)
  • Demonstration of Smart City Innovative Growth R&D
    (2018-2020 Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport / Urban Transportation Safety)
  • Demonstration of 5G-based Smart City services (2018-2020, Ministry of Science and ICT)
  • 2 year consecutive winner of the Smart City Asia-Pacific Award (2018-2019)
  • The nation's first city to become a member and internationally certified by the
    "G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance” (Nov 2020, Ministry of Science and ICT)

Major Companies Centered Around Daegu