Capacity building is essential for the adoption of IR 4.0: Western Digital
PETALING JAYA: The advancement of automation and digitization through Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0) does not necessarily translate into job replacement, but manufacturers need to equip the workforce with specific skills to improve performance. productivity, according to Western Digital, Batu Kawan (Malaysia).
KL Bock, senior vice president of its global flash back-end operations, said manufacturers need to prepare their workforce with skills development and retraining programs to better prepare for IR adoption 4.0.
“Our education system must also change and adapt to RI 4.0, including the curriculum and the major subject, so that students can adopt this new technology, with the right infrastructure and the right content,” he said. he said at a virtual press conference today to mark Western’s inclusion of Digital Batu Kawan in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) global flagship network.
Sharing the transformation efforts at the plant that culminated in his “lightless manufacturing initiative,” Bock said the necessary solutions were not available in the industry and he had to create his own plan to do so. to arrive.
“This required us to design our own integrated end-to-end automation solutions and activate them with our intelligent analytics platform backed by advanced IT infrastructure. “
Malaysian Investment Development Authority CEO Arham Abdul Rahman welcomed the inclusion of Western Digital Batu Kawan in the WEF network, which recognizes leaders in adopting IR 4.0 as it will benefit others local actors by setting the benchmark for operational, financial and sustainability levels.
“This project will be a pioneer and an example for the rest of the industry in terms of sustainability and growth in intense global competition. This revolution is in line with Malaysia’s national investment aspirations as well as the 12th Malaysian Plan initiatives as Malaysia embarks on economic recovery and strengthens its global supply chain.
Arham echoed the sentiment on developing human capital as Malaysian companies developed their skills for their products and services to meet the standards of multinational companies at home and abroad.
He pointed out that the agency has encouraged power and electronics, machinery and equipment and other resource-based and non-resource-based companies to improve their IR 4.0 technology network in Malaysia. , through its own Lighthouse program.
“These ‘flagships’ act as beacons to guide their supply chain and Malaysian companies to apply technologies such as additive manufacturing, advanced analytics and industrial Internet of Things to overcome challenges of existing production systems. “, did he declare.
Arham is confident that more multinationals and local conglomerates would follow in Western Digital’s footsteps by transforming their operations and supply chain in Malaysia to effectively adopt new technologies.
“We invite companies to participate in the Lighthouse program at the national level to help local businesses integrate into the lighthouse network, embracing innovation and operational efficiency that will ultimately benefit Malaysia’s economic ecosystem. “