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Opportunities, considerations in new mobility models

JUST like how the Internet has changed snail mail to email and Internet-based messaging such as Whatsapp has replaced short-message-service (SMS) as technology, market forces determine our relevance and have the power to change the conventional labels. When transportation is connected to the Internet, new business models are created and begin to break into the […]

Staying relevant through technology adoption

ONE of the key milestones the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) has reached this year is the establishment of capacity-building programmes and events that expand beyond the automotive industry into the fields of advanced manufacturing and the Internet of Things. As we rebrand from the Malaysia Automotive Institute, our scope of work is […]

Malaysia gearing up for technological success

LAST week, the International Trade and Industry Minister announced the company that will anchor the national car project. DreamEDGE Sdn Bhd was appointed as the anchor company, and will receive support from Daihatsu Motor Corp in Japan to develop an advanced technology vehicle that can maintain a long term relevance, given the fast changing automotive […]

Expanding parts and components value chain

THE term “manufacturing sector” often leads the laymen to imagine vast factories with long production lines, droves of workers and robots putting pieces in place to build products. While that’s the literal definition of manufacturing, it is not limited to the downstream activities on the production line alone, as capabilities of manufacturers also lie in […]

Automation journey can begin with cobots

Just like any other technology, automation technology has gone through the same revolution in terms of application, user-friendliness and reduced installation times, leading to cost reduction and ease of use for businesses. For small and medium enterprises (SMEs), embarking on automation may seem a daunting task, with space limitation, skilled manpower, and investments being the […]

Integrating cybersecurity into business strategies

It is clear that with the advent of Forth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0), businesses are expected to move many of their operations into the cloud domain. While the technology becomes more affordable and competitive, there is an urgent need for stronger cybersecurity. Such urgency arises from the need to not only protect one’s data but […]

Encouraging SMEs to adopt automation

In 2017, in an article published by ARK Investment Management, it forecast the average cost for industrial robots to be less than US$11,000 (RM 45,320) by 2025. The figure was US$131,433 in 1995. The sharp fall in automation cost, driven by higher demand increasing efficiency, and precision of manufacturing makes it reasonable for small and […]

Learning and mastering skills in industries

THE famous Hollywood movie, The Karate Kid, ended with the smaller, more innocent boy delivering a powerful blow to the bigger and stronger opponent, who had continously bullied him. – It was a dramatic ending to a competition where the winner was completely unknown and inexperienced. For me, the story was more about personal development. […]

Creating equal access to opportunities

The adage “the rich get richer, the poor get poorer” – typically attributed to the more sinister side of capitalism – has some truth to it. This piece is by no means an argument on the merits or demerits of capitalism, but rather a look into the ability to grab opportunities in an “equal” world. […]

Managing change key to future-proof industry

The Paris agreement signed in 2015 signified an intensified global outlook on the new environmental economy, despite a bumpy journey in the Obama-Trump transition. Regardless, a significant takeaway is a global commitment to meet its 2030 targets – and with such a commitment comes an expectation that the economy and business practices will put a […]
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