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TPM to Spearhead Strategic Planning of Robotics Industry Roadmap

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 Sept. 2014 – Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd (TPM) has been selected by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) to spearhead the strategic planning of the future development and growth of the Malaysian robotics industry.

To keep the momentum going, a workshop of 50 participants comprising professionals, academics and industry experts has been organized by MOSTI to seek their inputs on the future plan and strategies in tapping the vast opportunities offered by the robotics industry.

The one-day workshop, held at Technology Park Malaysia, aims to assess the capabilities and applications of robotic technology that has been developed in the country through various schemes, research and development (R&D), overcoming challenges in shaping the direction of the development and application of technology in terms of hardware, software and human capital; and establish R&D work plan and milestones to support robotics applications.

Present at the workshop were TPM President/Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Ir. Hj. Mohd Azman Hj Shahidin and Dr. Mohamad Zaihirain Mohamed Rasin, General Manager of TPM Centre for Technology Commercialization.

Azman said TPM was selected to spearhead the initiative was because its robotic centre has the expertise, experience and facilities in the field of robotic engineering which can be used as the hub to further help explore, develop and propel the robotics industry in this country.

“The outlook for developing the Malaysian robotics industry is certainly bright taking into consideration 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.

“With the strong growth of global robotics industry as reported by the IFR, we believe it is about time that Malaysia embarks on exploring the opportunities to boost its export competitiveness through extensive use of the robotics technology and innovation,” said Azman.

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

In 2012, the IFR reported that sales of industrial robots were worth RM26.35 billion (US$8.5 billion). However, when the costs of software and engineering systems are tagged 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 relatively strong.  

TPM has extended its assistance to two virtual incubators in the robotics industry -- Terato Tech and Pulsar UAV -- to apply for appropriate grants such as MOSTI’s TechnoFund in efforts to stimulate the growth and successful innovation of Malaysian enterprises by increasing the level of R&D and its commercialisation. The scheme provides funding for technology development, up to pre-commercialisation stage, with the commercial potential to create new businesses and generate economic wealth for the nation. 

 Terato Tech created Slurp, the ingenious next generation cloud Point of Sale (POS) apps, while Pulsar UAV, an innovator of provider for reconnaisance, surveillance or multi-role drones, is eyeing to be the ASEAN leader for its innovative robotic applications.

Leveraging on its strengths in science, technology and innovation, TPM is well known for its strategic initiatives and contributions to improve and strengthen collaboration between businesses, industries and educational institutions aimed at enhancing the quality of life and socio-economic growth in Malaysia.

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Date: September 23, 2014
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