Industrial systems must have built-in advanced engineering controls to be globally competitive. With its wealth of experience in modernising Taiwan's industrial sector, Advanced Control & Systems (ACS) combines know-how in controls and information and communications technology (ICT) to help clients take their business to the next level. ACS is a subsidiary of CTCI, Taiwan's largest integrated engineering and construction firm. With its massive undertaking of facilities upgrades in Taiwan's energy and transport sectors since 1987, ACS ranks among Taiwan's best home-grown companies. A high-level engineering and systems integration specialist, ACS has developed engineering solutions for the transport and communications, semiconductor, oil and gas, petrochemicals and steel industries. "Productivity in these process industries is becoming a discussion on how systems integration can address such issues as safety, energy savings and emissions reduction," says Yih Hwei-nan, ACS chairman. "With ICT solutions, advanced controls and simulation technology, we develop intelligent manufacturing systems to improve industrial plant owners' global competitiveness." With user-friendly and customisable software, ACS helps clients manage productivity through periodic system audits based on real-time monitoring. It has launched Mr Safety, a specific plant safety evaluation solution for oil refineries, petrochemical plants, semiconductor factories and other process plants. An innovation in industrial safety analysis tools, Mr Safety is a market highlight. It automates the creation of safety evaluation reports, making it easy for companies to professionally comply with government safety regulations. ACS has taken its expertise to the mainland, the Middle East and Southeast Asia in the past 10 years. It has been a reliable partner of companies such as Philips, SABIC, Japan's JGC and Thailand's PTT. Its Shanghai-based subsidiary, Advanced Control Information Technology, is expanding on the mainland. It has also delivered intelligent manufacturing solutions and services to various clients in Beijing, Nanjing, Xiamen and more this year. ACS is upbeat on Thailand, the Middle East and the mainland. It expects international business to propel revenues within five years.