MARii targets RM28b for exports in remanufacturing by 2030

A framework for testing and verification of remanufactured engines will be formulated to allow for higher quality of remanufactured parts and components

by HARIZAH KAMEL/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) aims to achieve RM28 billion worth of exports in remanufacturing by 2030 attributable to the sector’s year-on-year continuous growth.

MARii CEO Datuk Madani Sahari (picture; left) said to further supplement its growth, a framework for testing and verification of remanufactured engines will be formulated to allow for the production of higher quality remanufactured parts and components.

“Malaysia is the first country in the world to adopt a new standard called 4R2S (reuse, recycle, remanufacturing, repair, services and sparepart) which has been registered as a Malaysian standard. Workshops and businesses involve in remanufacturing must adhere to the 4R2S standards,” he said after signing a collaboration with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in Cyberjaya yesterday.

Both parties will collaborate in the areas of remanufacturing, next-generation vehicles (NxGVs), recycling and smart manufacturing technologies through various research and development projects and commercialisation efforts.

“By having the standards, we have created many business opportunities for remanufacturing which is a huge sector,” he said.

In 2017, MARii created 38 companies for remanufacturing and started its exports, generating RM500 million in the same year.

It rose to RM700 million in 2018, while last year’s growth was close to RM800 million. Madani said this year, they are targeting RM1 billion worth of remanufacturing exports.

“This is all possible because we are collaborating with academia like UKM and that is why we want to continue this partnership,” he added.

Additionally, the collaboration serves to accelerate the development of the three new elements outlined in the National Automotive Policy 2020 — NxGV, Mobility-as-a-Service and Industrial Revolution 4.0 through the utilisation of research facilities and local talents provided by UKM and MARii.

“On the NxGVs with UKM, we are going to launch our connected mobility hub in Cyberjaya very soon. It’s a hub where we are doing homologation of vehicles, but with regard to its connectivity on a piece of land of about 34.7 acres 14.04ha),” said Madani.

Among the projects are the development and commercialisation of electric vehicle batteries, focusing on battery performance, battery replication and the development of a lithiumion battery production line.

Madani also added that as an initiative to improve vehicle emissions, a Hydrogen Energy Efficient Vehicle project will be carried out to develop an energy-efficient alternative fuel source through the utilisation of hydrogen fuel technology.

UKM vice chancellor Prof Datuk Ir Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor (right) said the tie-up will encourage both parties to work together more closely towards enhancing technology capabilities.

“Each side will pursue many significant activities, such as knowledge exchange and research collaboration of all fields from any faculties, research institutes and departments in UKM,” he said.

It will also develop a network catered for reverse logistics which involves the process of collecting, recycling and dismantling of End-of-Life Vehicles.

A smart data initiative is also in the works, focusing on utilising artificial intelligence in manufacturing processes to enable smart manufacturing.

Future developments include a focus on cybersecurity using Industry 4.0 technologies to deploy layered-security systems — a cyber-defence method which utilises various security techniques to protect key data and resources.