Industry 4.0 Malaysia

What is the difference between Fourth Industrial Revolution and Industry 4.0?
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution is an overarching industrial transformation that covers every aspect of industries and economic activities including every aspect of living. It is a total transformation of all sectors into new system and/or way of life that will change the way we do businesses. Current technological advances at times also considered as ‘disruptive technologies’ due to the convergence of the physical, digital and biological worlds.

  • Industry 4.0 is referred to as production or manufacturing based industries digitalisation transformation, driven by connected technologies. Industry 4.0 introduces what is referred to as “smart factory” in which cyber physical systems monitor real time physical progress of the factory and are able to make decentralized decisions. Other terminology includes Smart Manufacturing. Some regard Industry 4.0 as a subset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

What are the main pillars of Industry 4.0?
  • The nine (9) technology drives/pillars are Autonomous Robots, Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), System Integration, Cybersecurity, Augmented Reality,Simulation.
What are the Government measures to promote Industry 4.0 adoption in Malaysia?

A national policy/framework on Industry 4.0 is currently being formulated by the Government. In May 2017, the Cabinet tasked MITI, MOSTI and MOHE to lead this initiative. A High Level Task Force (HLTF) led by MITI with members from relevant Ministries and Agencies has been established since March 2017 to spearhead development of whole of Government strategy for Industry 4.0 with strong stakeholders’ feedback including from the industry.

What are the focus sectors under the proposed National Policy on Industry 4.0?
  • The current economic plans (IMP3 and RMK11) are still relevant and remain as Malaysia’s mid-term policy guide until 2020.  RMK11(2016-2020) has identified the three (3) catalytic (E&E, M&E and Chemical) plus two (2) new growth (Aerospace and Medical Devices) sectors as game changers for the manufacturing sector. These sectors will continue as the focus sector together with other sectors such as automotive, petrochemicals, textiles and services.

  • The overall National Policy is still being developed as such the list of focus sectors will be finalized later.

What is the vision for the Industry 4.0 National Policy?
  • The targets and vision is being deliberated in detail with stakeholders and industry before announcement on the policy is made.
What is the current status of our industry?
  • Malaysia’s manufacturing sector as a whole varies in terms of where they are currently ranging between 2.0 (mass production) and 3.0 (automation). However, there are industry leads already in the process of moving towards Industry 4.0 or becoming Industry 4.0 compliant on their own.

  • The E&E, aerospace and the automotive sectors are more advanced in terms of Industry 4.0 adoption. The success stories by industry captains will be showcased as Industry 4.0 examples that can be emulated going forward.

With the fast changing nature of technology, is adopting Industry 4.0 sustainable?
  • Yes, because every organization needs to constantly reinvent itself and the adoption of Industry 4.0 can be considered as part of the upgrading process.

  • To ensure sustainability in the long run, the digital transformation must be done with the aim of solving important business issues faced in the manufacturing process.

  • Global trends show companies that are not confined to the traditional way of doing things and utilize technology to its advantage have a higher chance of remaining relevant and successful in the long run.