by SYAHMIE FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic by TMR FILE
HUAWEI Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturing (FMM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to accelerate local manufacturers’ digital transformation journey toward Industry 4.0 through collaboration on talent development, skills training, and an open industry ecosystem.
In a joint statement yesterday, Huawei and FMM said the MoU aims to create an open industry ecosystem in which FMM members can easily explore new business opportunities with the assistance of Huawei.
Huawei will do so by providing technological support for FMM member companies’ digital transformation skills development at various stages, as well as sharing the latest global digital transformation knowledge and industry experiences on Industry 4.0.
Both sides intend to train 5,000 digital talents annually for five years in the manufacturing sector, laying the groundwork for FMM member firms to start on their digital transformation path toward Industry 4.0.
“FMM and Huawei have enhanced our partnership to collaborate on Industry 4.0 and digitalisation systems to help manufacturers embark on digital transformation and provide an avenue to reskill talent in new skill areas and emerging technologies.
“Through this partnership, we envision to create greater momentum and enrich the current Industry 4.0 ecosystem to support local manufacturers to begin their digital transformation journeys,” said FMM president Tan Sri Soh Thian Lai (picture).
While Huawei CEO Michael Yuan said Huawei firmly believes that the current era — which is largely driven and powered by 5G, Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI) — is built on the following pillars: ubiquitous connectivity; pervasive intelligence; digital platforms to enable vertical industries to realise their digital transformation; personal devices for users; and digital energy.
“The digital economy around the world is expanding and it is our hope that together, we can ride this wave towards shared greater prosperity in the coming years,” said Yuan.
The statement further noted that Malaysia’s continued push towards Industry 4.0 and embrace of the digital era is anticipated to increase demand for ICT experts, with embedded systems, AI, machine learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT) specialists in high demand.
The MoU seeks to link the FMM with industry participants that are a member of Huawei’s Digital Supply Chain and enable them to further participate in digital transformation programmes that will be implemented throughout the country in the coming years, including Industry 4.0, AI, and the IoT.
The FMM is an economic organisation representing 11,300 member companies in Malaysia that aims to engage closely with the government in areas that are relevant to the needs of its members in developing the local economy, as well as providing a unified voice for the Malaysian manufacturing industry.