MITI in collaboration with MIDA, organised its inaugural Industry 4.0 Workshop held on 2nd May 2017 at Dewan Perdana, MITI Tower, aptly themed “Embracing the Future of Manufacturing”, brought approximately 540 major industry players, academia, research & technology institutions and Government ministries and agencies to design the Malaysian brand of Industry 4.0. The aim of this first workshop is to set the scene of where Malaysia is currently in the scheme of Fourth Industrial Revolution, where it envisions itself to be in 2050 and where it can improve down the line.
Opening remarks was delivered by YB Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Minister of International Trade and Industry II. Also present at the workshop were YB Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry (Trade), Dato’ Azman Mahmud, CEO of MIDA and representatives from MITI and agencies.
MITI understand that Industry 4.0 is a daunting task more so for SMEs who are not sure where to start. It is also something that cannot be done in silo. Successful collaboration is key in ensuring that Malaysia’s efforts for Industry 4.0 are implemented. A close door break-out session of the second half of this workshop is crucial in getting buy-ins from all stakeholders involved for leaders to consolidate its efforts in tackling the challenges done through a public-private partnership. MITI will be organising more of such engagements with all stakeholders in the future. Following this session, programmes specifically for civil servants and SMEs are being planned.