MTDC sees potential in homegrown robotics tech


The Malaysian Technology Development Corp (MTDC) is on a search for homegrown companies and individuals who can develop robotics technology for local businesses to become Industry 4.0-ready.

“It can solve the reliance on labour to reduce cost,” said MTDC CEO Datuk Norhalim Yunus (picture) at the launch of the MTDC Robotics Accelerator Programme (MTDC RAP) boot camp in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

“We want to help develop the robotics systems of companies that are still at the 2.0 stage. These are entrepreneurs who are still dependant on foreign workers. Maybe, it can advance them to an Industry 3.0 level of automation. “The technology needn’t be overly sophisticated or expensive. The most important thing is that the process of maintaining and repairing can be done here to reduce cost,” he said.

MTDC also sees the potential of robotics in education.

“We have a local company (Cytron Technologies Sdn Bhd), a beneficiary of the Commercialisation of Research and Development Fund, that is producing robots for education and has successfully marketed them worldwide,” said Norhalim.

“However, we want more local schoolchildren to have access to robotics which won’t cost them a lot of money (between RM100 and RM200), just like Raspberry Pi in the UK,” he said.

“There’s great potential because if there is local demand, it can also be marketed around the region,” he added.