Siemens Malaysia to actively partake in nation-building: Adam Yee
24 May 2021
Siemens Malaysia will continue to actively participate in the nation-building especially infrastructure projects to instil a positive impact on the local society.
President and chief executive officer Adam Yee said digital transformation was an important element for the future’s sustainability of various industries, requiring infrastructure for both transportation and network.
“We have been active participants in the nation-building since our establishment in Malaysia for more than 110 years. We have a proven track record and are fortunate to have been trusted with key infrastructural development projects,” Yee told the New Straits Times in an interview recently.
He said Siemens Malaysia was providing support for the nation’s infrastructure-building project while preparing the future generation with the up-skill and re-skill programme.
“We want to equip them with the required skills to remain relevant in the market,” he added.
Siemens Malaysia is also committed to supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and companies to transform their business operation competitively in line with the advancement of technology.
However, Yee said an assessment would be required as every sector had its advantage and weakness due to sizeable capital to accelerate their growth for business transformation.
“It is important for more manufacturing industries to embrace Industry 4.0. We hope to vigorously support the local SMEs in their digital adoption with plans that are aligned with the government’s Industry4WRD.”
The Industry4WRD is a National Policy on Industry 4.0 aimed at driving the digital transformation of the manufacturing and related services sectors in Malaysia.
“SMEs make up 97 per cent of businesses in Malaysia. It is the generator of the nation’s economic growth through job creation for the people.
“Most manufacturers are labour intensive. Hence, Siemens Digital Industries provide automation solutions to aid the manufacturing industries to enhance and optimise the production with the focus on return on investment output and driving the business outcome,” he said.
Siemens Malaysia emphasises the importance of digital transformation for SMEs and corporates.
However, he said the biggest challenge was to meet the industry’s demand for specialised information technology and engineering such as data scientist, mechatronics specialist, and manufacturing software designer.
“An assessment is required for companies to identify the pain points, define the digital transformation blueprint, implement the transformation journey and continue to optimise and drive the business outcome.”
“Upon completion, we can gradually implement the technologies in stages to improve their productivity, efficiency and competitiveness, while looking at how we can optimise their business via this transformation journey.”
Siemens Malaysia has demonstrated its technological prowess backed by its newly-built Siemens Digitalisation Experience Centre in Penang and a technical competence centre to support automation and digitalisation.
The Penang centre supports industries and SMEs to embrace Industry 4.0 technologies.
Yee said a holistic approach from various industries stakeholders across the value/supply chain were required to facilitate the technological/automation adoption to spearhead the digital transformation journey within the ecosystem.
Siemens has introduced comprehensive ways to boost the local economic landscape such as the Siemens Intelligent Plant Equipment Health Monitoring System, Siemens Remote On-Site Service Streaming, Digital Augmented Reality for smart building services and EnergyIP solution.
Siemens Malaysia said it would continuously drive education through projects to well prepare students and fresh graduates with Industry 4.0 knowledge and skills.
“Siemens Malaysia has set up Siemens Innovation and Resource Training Centre (SIRTC) in Petaling Jaya that focuses on equipping education (graduates) and industry (existing workforce) sectors with Industry 4.0 training such as Siemens Industry Training (SITRAIN) program for automation.
“We conduct up-skilling, re-skilling and multi-skilling programmes of the Malaysian workforce, to critically prepare graduate employees for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
“It is an international industry standard that is widely accepted, and we partner with institutions and colleges worldwide to train students,” Yee said.
Siemens Malaysia has also partnered with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida), working together with local universities and research institutions to develop the HyTalent Programme that addresses hybrid digital skills to meet Industry 4.0 needs.
The project’s ultimate goal is to create and develop young leaders in various industries, equipping students with the necessary skill set to work in the I4.0 environment.
Additionally, Yee said the collaboration forged with the Malaysia Technical University Network (MTUN) offers a new technical education programme in the form of a Bachelor of Technology (Hons) Degree in Industrial Electronic Automation.
“We embed Siemens Industry Training Program (SITRAIN) for MTUN – vocational based university such as Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) and Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP),” he said.
Siemens Malaysia will also look at other infrastructure projects for mobility with the launch of VersiCharge, a sleek and compact electric vehicle alternating current (AC) smart charger capable of delivering up to 22kW of power through a Type 2 Plug or Socket.
The charger allows electric vehicles to be charged quickly, safely, and cost-effectively.
Yee said Siemens Malaysia would consider bringing the new charging technology in the country to support the government’s move to electric mobility
“We have multiple inquiries in Malaysia. We see multiple installations in the country and want to work with auto manufacturers, car distributors, and bus fleet operators to create the ecosystem to enable this transition with greener solutions,” he said.
Siemens Malaysia has implemented Siemens Smart Meter Data Management System (MDMS) to a local utility company as part of the government’s nationwide initiative to enhance sustainable energy and energy efficiency adoption among Malaysians.
The German technology provider has implemented the first phase of the smart meter system, involving the first 340,000 metering points for the pilot project in Melaka.
Yee said Siemens smart meter system comprised hardware (meter solutions) and software (data management system), which are currently in the installation phase in Melaka and selected part of the Klang Valley
Meanwhile, he said Siemens Malaysia had embarked on the full turnkey solutions for design engineering supply and installation, commissioning of the new supervisory control, and data acquisition (SCADA) system for the sub-station control system infrastructure in Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Kedah.
“It is upgrading for the SCADA system in the Northern Corridor. A control system for electricity generation in the utility sub-station,” he said.
Yee said the upgraded SCADA system allows the optimisation of energy consumption, promoting grid efficiency for better productivity and cost-saving.