Malaysia’s chemical industry prioritising tech skills to boost productivity – MPC
20 Feb 2023
Malaysia’s chemical industry prioritises tech skills via the Chemical and Chemical Products Productivity Nexus (CPN) to boost productivity, said the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC).
Its director general, Datuk Abdul Latif Abu Seman said tech skills had been a priority in CPN since its establishment in 2017, as the industry is rapidly adopting digital technologies to improve productivity and competitiveness.
He said the chemical and chemical products subsector showed a positive productivity growth, recorded at two per cent, in 2022.
“Tech skills are essential for driving digital transformation initiatives in the industry.
“This includes implementing new technologies, such as automation, process control systems, and analytics, to improve manufacturing processes and optimise operations,” he said in a statement today.
MPC said thus, the CPN initiated the certification programme for Chemical Process Technicians in collaboration with Genovasi University College, Politeknik Tun Syed Nasir Syed Ismail, and the Chemical Industries Council of Malaysia (CICM).
It said the certification targets chemical process technicians, supervisors and employees working in upstream or downstream production in chemical-based factories.
MPC also highlighted that being highly skilled in technology is becoming increasingly important in the chemical and chemical products industry in Malaysia as the industry adopts digital technologies to improve productivity and competitiveness.
In 2022, Malaysia was ranked 33rd out of 63 countries in the IMD World Talent Ranking, which declined by five positions compared to 2021.
“This reveals that employers in the industry should prioritise building a talent pipeline that includes individuals with the necessary tech skills and experience,” it added.