Wednesday, January 25, 2017

KEYNOTES ADRESS SEMINAR ON DIGITAL AND EFFICIENT MANUFACTURING

His Excellency

Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt
Swedish Ambassador to Malaysia;

Tan Sri Ir. (Dr.) Mohamed Al Amin Hj. Abdul Majid
Chairman
SME Corp. Malaysia;

Datuk Isham Ishak
Deputy Secretary General (Trade)
Ministry of International Trade and Industry;

Datuk (Dr.) Hafsah Hashim
Chief Executive Officer
SME Corp. Malaysia;

Mr. Carl Malmqvist
Swedish Trade Commissioner to Malaysia;

Members of the Corporation

Distinguished speakers and guests;

Ladies and Gentlemen.

As-salaamu’alaikum WRT. WB. and a very good morning to all.

1. First and foremost, I would like to welcome His Excellency Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, Swedish Ambassador to Malaysia and all distinguished guests to the Seminar on “Digital and Efficient Manufacturing”, jointly organised by SME Corp. Malaysia and Business Sweden.

2. In conjunction with the Start-Up and SME Promotion Year, I would like to thank SME Corp. Malaysia and Business Sweden for the timely initiative in organising today’s Seminar, especially with the advent of Industry 4.0. I believe it will be beneficial for SMEs which are eager to learn about digital and efficient manufacturing. 

3. Some questions that we would like to pose here are: How do the Swedes innovate? How do they improve their productivity in the manufacturing sector? Today, we shall listen all about it from the Swedish experts who will share their experiences with us.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

4. The Fourth Industrial Revolution or “Industry 4.0” was first announced during the World Economic Forum (WEF) Conference In January 2016. From that moment on, this new technological age has become a hype and buzzword.

5. But what is it exactly? In a nutshell, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is characterised by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. The first three industrial revolutions started with steam power, then the assembly line and recently, automation. Today, Industry 4.0 is essentially about “smart factories”.

6. With this technological advancement, SMEs are encouraged to be privy and always in the know of the latest development that may have an impact on their businesses. Industry 4.0, I foresee, has the potential to transform Malaysia’s manufacturing scene; where dependency on manual labour shall be reduced and exports shall become more competitive. 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

7. Productivity and efficiency are the main concerns in the transformation towards Industry 4.0. Driven by innovative technology, we could anticipate that in the near future, the infrastructure, transportations, industries and utilities would be conducted in a smarter, more sustainable and more inclusive way.

8. Within this context, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is supportive of innovative ways of doing things which could lead to stronger economic growth for the country. The Government shall continue to assume the role as an enabler that will facilitate the trade and investment ecosystem, as well as paving the way for innovation, particularly for SMEs.

9. Therefore, MITI has consolidated some feedback from the industry on how best could the Government facilitate the transition of Malaysian manufacturers towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This includes suggestions to incentivise manufacturers to embark on the high investment and technological know-how acquisitions with the latest ICT tools, such as Big Data Analytics. 

10. With this in mind, Malaysia as a country should work towards becoming a knowledge-based economy. With the elimination of routine jobs, the talents in Malaysia should be elevated towards becoming highly-skilled labour force. This is to ensure long-term sustained economic growth and development for Malaysia. 

11. Thus, it is every Malaysian’s responsibility to enhance their knowledge in their respective fields, in order to remain relevant to the current and future job needs.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

12. Malaysia aspires to become a high income nation by the year 2020 through greater utilisation of technology and heavier emphasis on product and process improvement via research and development. There is still much more to be done in order to achieve this target, especially against the challenging economic backdrop. 

13. After a lacklustre outturn in 2016, economic activity is projected to pick up pace in 2017 and 2018, especially in emerging markets and developing economies. Malaysia is optimistic that it will fare better in the coming years in terms of economic growth, as we have robust policies in place to chart the growth of the nation. 

14. To this effect, the 11th Malaysia Plan clearly outlines the importance of digitalisation in manufacturing. On top of that, the SME Masterplan (2012-2020) was formulated as the basis in implementing the SME development programmes under the 11th Malaysia Plan. The Materplan focusses on four key areas; namely in productivity, innovation, entrepreneurship and inclusiveness. 

15. These efforts show that the Government is committed towards the creation of a conducive business environment; which could propel economic growth further and create high income jobs for the people.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

16. Compared to Malaysia, Sweden is relatively small in terms of its population; with just under 10 million people. In terms of land size, it is 1.33 times as big as Malaysia. Although relatively small compared to other European countries, it is one of the most competitive, productive and technologically-advanced nations in the world. 

17. Sweden’s most important export industries include mechanical engineering, automotive, ICT, pulp & paper, power generation, pharmaceuticals, iron and steel, transport services, as well as tourism.

18. Although relatively small in terms of its domestic market, the Swedish industry and manufacturers are agile and always finding ways to innovate. Swedish advancements in the manufacturing industry should be emulated by many Malaysian companies, including the SMEs. We must learn how the Swedish manufacturing industry leverage on technology to become one of the global leaders in innovation, with highly-skilled labour force.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

19. I was made to understand that the topics to be presented at this Seminar will provide key insights from leading Swedish manufacturing firms on how they have coped with the increasing demand for automation and efficiency improvements. Thus, I believe that everyone here at this Seminar is excited to learn about the Swedish model in increasing productivity and quality in manufacturing. 

20. I am confident that for SMEs, a lot of things can be gained from this Seminar. Therefore, I would like to urge you to be attentive, do take down the salient points that will be shared under the various topics of presentation today. 

21. On top of that, this Seminar also provides befitting avenue for networking between the local manufacturing fraternity and Swedish companies. Do join in the conversation, bring back the key ideas and kick-start your company’s transformation towards Industry 4.0.

22. With that hope and spirit, and the verse “BismiLlahir-Rahmaanir-Rahiim”, I shall now declare the Seminar on “Digital and Efficient Manufacturing” officially open. 

Thank you.

Was-salaamu’alaikum WRT. WB.

No comments:

Post a Comment