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  • Establishment: Building Research Infrastructure 1976~1980
    • 1979.04.01 Merged with Korea Fine Instruments Center
    • 1976.12.30 Established as Korea Test Institute of Machinery and Metals under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (formerly Ministry of Commerce and Industry)
  • Economic Growth of Korea & Development of KIMM 1981~1991
    • 1989.10.10 Established Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering (KRISO) and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) as affiliated institutes
    • 1981.01.05 Launched as Korea Center for Machinery and Materials through merger with Korea Research Institute of Ships (KRIS)
  • Building Infrastructure for Leading Research Institute 1992~1999
    • 1999.03.31 Transferred KRISO under the auspice of the Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute (KORDI)
    • 1996.11.15 Spun off KARI as an independent institute
    • 1992.03.16 Renamed as Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM)
  • To be the World's Best Research Institute 2000~
    • 2020.11.20 Spun off KIMS as an independent institute
    • 2017.07.26 Transferred under the Jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science and ICT
    • 2013.08.01 Established Gimhae LNG and Cryogenic Technology Center
    • 2013.02.01 Established Busan Laser Application Support Center
    • 2010.12.28 Established Daegu Research Center for Medical Devices and Green Energy
    • 2007.04.27 Established Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS) as an affiliated institute