ISKANDAR PUTERI: The state government is targeting at least 20% of the total 10,000 industries in Johor to adopt the Industry Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) technology in their production within two years.
Johor international trade, investment and utilities committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse said in order to achieve this, industry players, especially small and medium enterprises (SME) were encouraged to apply for the IR4.0 grant under the industry4WRD programme.
He added that the Federal Government through the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) had allocated about RM112mil for the Industry4WRD programme implementation.
“We have less than 10% of the industry in Johor implementing features in IR4.0 such as Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, big data and automation.
“Their main concern is the cost of upgrading works but in reality, the cost of shifting towards IR4.0 is not that big and the government was providing the industries with funded training and guidance under the industry4WRD programme, ” he said after visiting the Local Basic Sdn Bhd aluminum die casting factory here.
Puah said that IR4.0 has long been implemented by multinational corporations (MNCs) unlike local SME’s.
“This is because MNCs have the capacity to exchange information on how other developed nations conduct and enhance their industry production capacity.
“SMEs can also do the same by taking part in government seminars and workshops on IR4.0, ” he said, adding that the state government would start such seminars next year.
“If the SMEs think the cost of adopting automation is expensive, they can always start with the basics such as IoT where they can ensure their production data is computerised instantly, and from there they can use robotic technology and others, ” he added.
Puah also stressed that IR4.0 was important for any industry that is looking forward to surviving in the ever-challenging global market.
“The most important thing is the increase in production numbers and quality and the usage of IR4.0 can do beyond that.
“Not only can it remove a human error in the workplace or production but it can also reduce the industry’s dependency on foreign workers, ” he added.
Under the industry4WRD programme, industry players can participate in classes such as Readiness Assessment (RA), Intervention Programme for RA, Facilities Upgrade via the creation of Competence Centres, Skim Latihan Dual Nasional and re-skilling programme and High-Speed Broadband usage in industrial areas.