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South Korean Delegation Visits Technology Park

Malaysia To Explore Robotic Industry Opportunities

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 March, 2014 – A 25-member trade delegation representing the South Korean robotics industry visited Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd (TPM) in Bukit Jalil today aimed at exploring potential opportunities for the future development of Malaysia’s robotics industry.

The delegation, on a two-day visit to Malaysia, is jointly organized by the Korean government’s agencies comprising the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), Korean Association of Robot Industry (KAR), Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement (KIRIA), and its Malaysian counterparts, namely, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and Malaysian Robotics and Automation Interest Group (MyRAIG), an interest group under the Malaysian Society for Engineering and Technology (MySET).

TPM chief executive officer Dato’ Hj. Azman Shahidin and Dr. Mohamad Zaihirain Mohamed Rasin, general manager of TPM Centre for Technology Commercialisaition, were present receive the delegation.

Following a business meeting, the delegation was taken on a tour of TPM’s state-of-the-art engineering facilities which housed its Robotics Centre that encompasses the flexible manufacturing system and MasterCentre that contains network integrated CNC machines.   

Azman said TPM’s robotic centre has the experience in the field of robotic engineering and can be used as the hub to further help explore and develop the robotics industry in the country.

“We are delighted to have been identified by MITI and the relevant industry groups to meet up with the Korean delegation. We are hopeful that this meeting would mark the beginning of yet another important milestone for Malaysia by exploring strategic partnerships with Korea, which has successfully identified robotics as its fourth engine of growth. 

“Prospects for developing the Malaysian robotics industry are certainly tremendous taking into consideration of the need for automation by local manufacturers. Furthermore, the latest report by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) revealed that the global demand for industrial robots reached an all-time-high of about 168,000 units in 2013, an increase of five per cent over 2012,” he added.

Citing the strong growth of global robotics industry as reported by the IFR, Azman said that it was about time that Malaysia should embark on exploring the opportunities to boost its export competitiveness through greater use of technology and innovation by manufacturers. 

“We, at TPM, have the facilities, experience and capability to assist existing and potential industry players to help take them to the next level. Obviously, the strategic collaboration with our South Korean counterparts will certainly bode well for the industry to flourish and make Malaysia the regional hub to serve the ASEAN region,” advised Azman.

In its 2013 report, the IFR said that robot sales to Asia rose considerably due to strong demand from China, South Korea and other growing Asian markets. One basic reason for the continuous growth in the use of robotics is because of its never ending technological development in relation with market and industrial requirements, accounting for product quality and competitiveness as well as safe processes.

The IFR projects the industrial robotics market will grow about 6% annually through 2017. The size of the market for just hardware alone is estimated to be about RM40.61 billion (US$13.1 billion). 

In 2012, the IFR reported sales of industrial robots were worth RM26.35 billion (US$8.5 billion). However, when the costs of software and engineering systems are tacked on, that number jumps to RM80.6 billion (US$26 billion).

It estimates that the professional service robots and consumer robots generated sales of $3.4 billion and $1.2 billion, respectively, in 2012. Growth in the consumer market is projected to be especially strong.  

Among the areas of collaboration identified under the joint collaboration are on Electrical & Electronics/ICT on Malaysia-Korea Robotics Collaboration and Development Program where both parties have agreed to exchange robot human capital development programs, to undertake robot standardisation cooperation, to launch robot exhibition and international cooperation. 

Other related government agencies represented at the business meeting and visit to TPM included the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), MIGHT, MIDA, MATRADE, SMECorp and SIRIM.

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Date: April 9, 2014
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