A Malaysian delegation led by Datuk Darell Leiking, Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), visited the Advanced Manufacturing Development Centre, located within Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. This visit was held in conjunction with the Trade and Investment Mission to Australia from 19-23 August 2019.
The delegation consisted of officials from MITI, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), Export-Import Bank of Malaysia, InvestKL Corporation, state investment promotion agencies and Malaysian businesses.
During this visit, MARii signed a collaboration with Swinburne to establish an Industry 4.0 Training Academy to be located within the MARii Academy of Technology in Bukit Beruntung. The MARii-Swinburne Industry 4.0 Training Academy will be the centre for the development of Industry 4.0-ready workforce.
The collaboration was signed between Dato’ Madani Sahari, CEO of MARii, and Professor Ajay Kapoor, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International Research Engagement) of Swinburne, and witnessed by Datuk Darell and Jane Ward, Vice-President (Engagement) of Swinburne.
“This enhanced collaboration with Swinburne will further strengthen MARii’s initiatives in nurturing the Malaysian workforce to be Industry 4.0 ready, in line with the National Policy on Industry 4.0, Industry 4WRD” said Dato’ Madani.
MARii and Swinburne will also look into a research programme to address industrial issues in Sabah, leveraging on the expertise within the recently established MARii Satellite Sabah in Kota Kinabalu as the focal point between industry and academia.
The signing today is an extension of the MARii-Swinburne Transport Innovation Centre (TIC) launched in 2016, located within Swinburne’s campus in Kuching, Sarawak. Swinburne Innovation Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a wholly owned subsidiary by Swinburne Sarawak has been granted a Contract Research & Development (R&D) status company by MIDA in March 2019.
“Against the backdrop of an increasingly complex global environment, we need to recognise that research these days is rarely an independent effort. It is about partnerships, engaging with one another, building strategic relationships and fostering international cooperation. This is important because innovation is a shared endeavor. MIDA will therefore work closely with Swinburne Innovation Malaysia to engage with more companies in Malaysia and worldwide, in providing R&D services that will enable them to develop innovative outputs to the market,” said Dato’ Azman Mahmud, CEO of MIDA.
MIDA offers tax incentives for R&D that can be enjoyed by manufacturers with in-house R&D facility or research service providers. These are some of the resources the Malaysian government has introduced to encourage innovation, in addition to government assistance given to industries in the promoted areas.
Notable companies in Malaysia that are actively undertaking R&D activities include Motorola Solutions’ R&D Centre that develop next generation devices and solutions for customers worldwide and ViTrox, a home-grown company, has set up a Centre of Excellence for the growth of 3D intelligent vision inspection equipment incorporating elements of Machine to Machine (M2M). Other notable companies include REDtone Mex and its service on tele-radiology in tele-medicine for the healthcare sector, Oncogen Pharma and its formulation of active pharmaceutical ingredient for generic pharmaceutical, and Newton R&D Centre and its development of integrated nano-layered stretch films for industrial packaging materials.