Malaysia Nanotechnology Industrial Group to bring together local nano industry players

by AUFA MARDHIAH / pic source: NanoMalaysia FB

AIMING to bring together nano industry players in Malaysia and reduce the gap in the country’s nanotechnology ecosystem, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba launched the Malaysia Nanotechnology Industrial Group (MNIG) today.

It was in conjunction with the official closing ceremony of the National Nanotechnology Programme (NanoKEB) 2022.

MNIG is targeted to be the best platform for the involvement of more industries especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and local innovation ecosystem players in the field of nanotechnology. This subsequently enables penetration of the international market with high-value innovative products.

Dr Adham is confident that the establishment of MNIG is able to help the nanotechnology industry at the regional level by taking advantage of the development of the Asia Pacific nanotechnology market which is projected to reach over US$2.6 trillion (RM11.69 trillion) in 2025.

“The national economy can be driven through local nanotechnology and products, thus achieving market value at the global and Asia Pacific level to make Malaysia the main exporter of high technology-based products at the Asean level,” he said in a statement today.

SMEs’ contribution to the nanotechnology industry has a high potential for the national economy, involving more than 900 nano products in the Malaysian market worth RM381.8 million in 2020. Meanwhile, the annual sales value of local nano products that have obtained NanoVerify certification has increased to RM441.9 million and is projected to continue increasing to RM490.1 million this year.

“Many socioeconomic benefits will be enjoyed by the Malaysian families in the next five years as targeted in the National NanoTechnology and Product Roadmap 2021-2025.

“This includes the creation of more than 30,000 new job opportunities, especially highly skilled ones, the production of more than 50 nano-entrepreneurs and a potential contribution of more than RM150 billion to the country’s GDP by 2025,” he added.

MNIG will represent Malaysia’s nanotechnology industry and will consist of nanotechnology-related industry representatives. It will act as a medium to establish close cooperation between nanotechnology companies, SMEs and other stakeholders, as well as help the coordination between companies in the supply chain of nanotechnology products.

It is also responsible for offering administrative services, financial advice or control, information support and secretarial services to its members, as well as providing industry representation; regulatory advice; business advocacy; validation and security certification; and cost-effective advisory assistance in the field of industrial policy.

NanoKEB is an annual programme organised by the National Nanotechnology Centre which has been successful with the stakeholders of the local nano innovation ecosystem since 2015.

It is a national-level programme for nanotechnology activists to share the latest knowledge and best practices in the field of nanotechnology through a series of lectures, engagement sessions, multilateral forums and a series of technical workshops that have been organised collaboratively with an interactive mode involving all participants. This year, NanoKEB was joined by 500 participants across the country via physical and virtual attendance.

Concurrently, the ceremony also witnessed two signing of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between NanoMalaysia Bhd and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), as well as NanoMalaysia with Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP).

The partnership between NanoMalaysia and UTAR foresees both parties cooperating in the implementation of the Nanotech Remote Energy System project. This includes the scaling of energy harvesting technology with the application of advanced materials to strengthen the performance of wireless charging devices based on applications that require mobility — such as mobile phone users, the transport sector and smart cities.

This project also aims to build a strong ecosystem network in support of the commercialisation and industrialisation phase.

Meanwhile, the MoU between NanoMalaysia and UMP foresees both parties working together in the Biomass Circular Economy Programme.

This project will use biomass waste from agricultural activities in Malaysia to produce high-quality advanced materials and products that have various benefits. These include advanced materials such as graphene, nanocellulose, nano silica that can be used in Internet of Things devices, electric vehicle components and materials fire for renewable energy such as hydrogen.