The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is encouraging SMEs in the manufacturing sector to sign up for the National Policy on Industry 4.0 Readiness Assessment (Industry4WRD-RA).

This assessment is an all-encompassing programme aimed at helping SMEs to assess their capabilities and readiness to adopt the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) technologies and processes, said MITI Regional Office (Penang Branch) Director, Clement Wong Chen Siong.

In a recent interview with Bernama, he said that the assessment involved SMEs’ readiness to adopt Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, cloud computing, big data analytics and augmented reality. He also added that that the implementation of Industry4WRD-RA was inline with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s aspirations to transform Malaysia into one of the main destinations for the high-tech industry sectors by 2025.

The assessment itself was launched in October 2018 to drive the digital transformation of Malaysia’s manufacturing and related service sectors.

About 500 SMEs would be selected for the free assessment every year by assessors such as Malaysia Automotive, Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM), Robotics & IoT Institute (MARii), and MIMOS to identify the individual firms’ status in the readiness of IR4.0, said Wong.

“After the SME representatives go through the RA, they will get to know their level of readiness and identify the areas of their operation that need to be improved in line with the IR4.0,” he added.

Wong was one of the speakers at a forum on IR4.0 held here recently which also involved MARii Chief Operating Officer (COO) Nizmar Mohd Nazar and Small and Medium Enterprises Association (SAMENTA) Malaysia secretary Yeoh Seng Hooi.

He said SMEs wishing to get more information on the Industry4WRD-RA and to apply for it can do so here.