New smart-tech centre to be set up in Pahang

Mustapa (third from left) witnessing the exchange of the agreement between Jebasingam (second from right) and Gottschald (left). Also present were ECERDC industrial expert Bernhard Schutte (second from left) and investor management department general manager Saifol Bahri Mohamad Shamlan.

KUANTAN: The Asia Centre of Excellence for Smart Technologies (Aces) will be established at the Cybercentre in Pahang Technology Park in a move to take the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) into the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0.

East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Jebasingam Issace John said Aces was aimed at accelerating the adoption of Industry 4.0 in ECER, which is part of the overall strategy to facilitate the region’s transition into a productivity-driven and technology-intensive economy as outlined in the ECER Master Plan 2.0, which will be unveiled soon.

ECERDC recently signed a cooperation agreement with Technische Universität München (TUM) International of Germany to set up the centre.

The agreement was exchanged between Jebasingam and TUM managing director Daniel A. Gottschald at Menara MITI in Kuala Lumpur.

The exchange was witnessed by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

TUM is a subsidiary of Technical University of Munich, Germany’s top-ranking university based on the QS World University Ranking.

ECERDC will be leveraging on TUM’s experience and expertise to provide technical blueprints and roadmap, training, certifications, as well as advisory and consulting works for the introduction and upscaling of technology in various fields within the private and public sector for Industry 4.0, as well as other innovative and smart technologies.

“The partnership between ECERDC and TUM is key towards ECER’s next leap of socio-economic transformation.

“We hope to attract greater investments particularly in advanced manufacturing from abroad and ensure the availability of skilled workers who are adept with the latest technological skills and knowledge to support and enable the future of production,” Jebasingam said in a statement.

Aces also envisioned to be the nucleus of the competency centre for the development of Industry 4.0 through strategic “industry-academia-government” initiatives and partnerships.

TUM will be assigning technical experts to the centre in offering one-on-one workshops and seminars for companies, as well as providing training courses to graduates of institutions of higher learning and working professionals from Malaysia and the Asian region.

Aces also aims to offer relevant technologies to build up new value chains in certain markets.

Jebasingam said the rise of new digital industrial technology can drive dramatic increases in industrial productivity and supply chain efficiency in ECER.

This, however, will require a significant change in the people’s mindset and capabilities, supported by the necessary infrastructure and systems to maintain the region’s competitiveness, he said.

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