INDUSTRY 4.0 CONFERENCE: DIGITIZATION TRANSFORMATION – OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
A strategic platform in creating awareness on National Policies on Industry 4.0, facilitation of funds, grants and talent development.
Thursday, 24th Jan 2019
The conference was officiated by YAB Menteri Besar of Kedah, Dato’ Seri Hj. Mukhriz Tun Mahathir. Over 250 representatives from government agencies, local authorities, higher learning institutions, and industries attended the conference which was organized by the Kedah Industrial Skills and Management Development Centre (KISMEC) at Cinta Sayang Golf Resort.
The event was organized by KISMEC, the Kedah State Skill Development Centre, with the support from the Kedah State Government, the office of YB Mr. Tan Kok Yew, the office of YB Dr. Salmee Said, Kedah Economic Planning Division (BPEN), Invest Kedah, TalentCorp and Robert Bosch Sdn Bhd.
It articulates the concerns that arise as Malaysia faces the impending Digital Transformation. Prominent speakers from Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC), SIRIM Berhad, MIMOS Berhad, and SME Association spoke on national policies, facilitation of funds, grants and the required talent development. The event also witnessed the MoU exchange between KISMEC, MIMOS Berhad, SIRIM Berhad, and CyberSecurity Malaysia.
KISMEC, established in 1993, focuses on TVET, has trained over 32,000 participants which consist of industry workers and future workforce in Information Technology, Electrical, Electronics, Polymer Technology, Design, Welding, Non-destructive Testing, Robotics and Automation. Recently KISMEC has customized courses to cater to the reskilling of human resources in meeting the demands of Industry 4.0
En. Mohd Yusuri Yusof, KISMEC Executive Director, said in his welcoming speech, KISMEC fully support the Digitization Transformation. In terms of talent development, KISMEC has upgraded its new campus, called K2, in Kulim Hi-Tech Park which is currently a certified training center for Bosch, Siemens, Festo, and Malaysian Meister. The center is poised to undertake the urgent requirement of training the workforce to be digitally ready in terms of literacy, mindset, skill and competencies
The Kedah Menteri Besar accoladed KISMEC for organizing the conference. YAB Dato’ Seri Hj. Mukhriz said that recently launched National Policy of Industry 4.0 or INDUSTRY4WRD aims for Malaysia to be a strategic partner in smart manufacturing for the Asia Pacific region, a primary destination for hi-tech industry and total solution provider for advanced technology. Special focus is to be given to assist the SMEs.
To ensure rapid growth of Kedah’s SMEs, YAB Menteri Besar of Kedah stressed that priority is given to empowering the Quadruple Helix. It is an open innovation of synergies and collaboration between the government, higher learning institutions, industry players and the community. The state government is also very committed in improving the quality of education and supplying the right talents in robotics, automation, artificial intelligence and fields which are required by the industries especially in implementing Industry 4.0.
Aspired by the government’s vision towards Industry 4.0, KISMEC has took the initiative to materialise the national vision of INDUSTRY4WRD by identifying the strategic partners to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With this in mind, SIRIM Berhad and Kedah Industrial Skills and Management Development Centre (KISMEC) will collaborate in the areas of Industry 4.0 (I4.0): Smart Manufacturing and Competency Development Program that will focus on competency and training, through an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The MoU was signed by SIRIM President and Group Chief Executive, Prof Ir. Dr. Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani and KISMEC Executive Director, Mohd. Yusuri Yusof. The exchange of MoU documents ceremony was witnessed by the Menteri Besar of Kedah, Dato’ Seri Hj. Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, in conjunction with the Industry 4.0 Conference themed ‘Digitization Transformation – Challenges and Opportunities.
Under the MoU, SIRIM and KISMEC among other things, agreed to jointly conduct a customised competency development program related to Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Technology; and to set up a cooperation in the development of Industry 4.0 competencies by establishing an open lab initiative in supporting the skills and hands on training programme (TVET) to cater the industry and academia needs. SIRIM and KISMEC will also share services related to training, testing, and technology.
Representing MIMOS as one of the Industry 4.0 strategic partner of KISMEC, MIMOS Senior Vice President, Emelia Matrahah said: “As the country embraces Industry 4.0, we need to nurture a next-generation talent pool on top of reskilling and upskilling our serving workforce.”
“The collaboration with KISMEC would arm Malaysian industries with future global technologies and matching talent, which are factors that will add greater value to existing foreign direct investments in the country, and attract new ones,” she said.
She said that MIMOS was aware of the growing demand for competent industry talent in the various areas of Industry 4.0. “The MIMOS-KISMEC collaboration will bode well for the country’s digital transformation and drive forward into the industrial revolution,” she added.
To reinforce KISMEC’s dynamic partnership and collaboration for Industry 4.0, CyberSecurity Malaysia recognized the necessity to establish and strengthen cooperative efforts related to cybersecurity training and services since 2012. This MOU further strengthens the bond between CyberSecurity Malaysia and KISMEC to upskill KISMEC students and staff through awareness and training programs. We encourage KISMEC to jointly promote and participate in its professional certification program, Global ACE Scheme (GAS).” said Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, Chief Executive Officer, CyberSecurity Malaysia.
According to Dato’ Dr. Amirudin, GAS is a large-scale systematic plan of actions to certify and recognize cybersecurity workforce. It is industry driven and vendor-neutral, developed in collaboration with government agencies, industry partners and academia. This scheme aimed at enhancing the skill-sets of cybersecurity workforce congruent with local and international requirements. Global ACE Scheme Recognition Arrangement permits mutual recognition of certified cybersecurity workforce across the boundaries alongside creating value for cybersecurity industry.
The conference ended with a consensus that Digitization Transformation is inevitable. The possibilities and opportunities definitely outweigh the challenges and obstacles. Industries, including SMEs, must adapt and evolve with the current trends.