Malaysia- Japan collaboration in smart manufacturing enters second phase
05 Apr 2021
The Malaysia-Japan collaboration to assist local manufacturing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in adopting smart manufacturing technologies has entered its second phase, involving business matching and creation of showcases of Industry 4.0 technologies.
In a joint statement today, SIRIM Bhd and Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) Kuala Lumpur said the second phase was a joint online business-matching workshop conducted on March 25 to provide an online matching platform for both the participating Japanese solution providers and local SMEs.
It said the workshop was attended by four Japanese solution providers, namely Hitachi Asia (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, KDDI Malaysia Sdn Bhd, NEC Corporation of Malaysia Sdn Bhd, and Mitsubishi Electric Sales Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
Malaysia, through SIRIM Bhd, together with its Japan counterpart, JETRO Kuala Lumpur, has been collaborating to support the introduction of Japanese smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0-related technologies to local SMEs in the manufacturing sector since 2019.
It said 17 local SMEs from various manufacturing industries joined the one-day workshop in which 28 one-to-one business-matching sessions were concluded.
“The local SMEs, which had applied and received respective Industry4WRD Readiness Assessment reports, have indicated interests in adopting Japanese technologies from the Japanese solution providers.
“For successfully matched showcases, the SMEs are eligible to apply for incentives granted by the Malaysian government under the Malaysian Investment Development Authority to adopt relevant Industry 4.0 technologies,” it said.
It also said the third and final phase of the collaboration would involve business-matching events on larger scales and open to all Malaysian manufacturers, as well as Japanese solution providers.
“The government, through the Industry4WRD: National Policy on Industry 4.0 led by Ministry of International Trade and Industry, aims to drive the digital transformation of manufacturing and related services sectors in Malaysia,” it noted.