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The manufacturing sector has experienced a number of challenges and disruptions in recent years, from the global pandemic to supply chain issues and inflation. At the same time, the need to remain sustainable is also growing within the industry.

As the 'China +1' strategy takes off, firms are moving some capacity to the ASEAN region, making it the new production hub. ASEAN is an attractive region for manufacturers due to its geographic, regulatory, economic and demographic advantages. Flexibility, supply chain resiliency, increased productivity and workforce transformation are among the emerging business imperatives for manufacturers today.

The two-day conference will invite speakers from global institutions, key manufacturers, solution providers, and government agencies to share insights on technology trends on the future of manufacturing, while either regionalizing or localizing this trends to fit the region’s and Malaysia’s manufacturing capability. The planned Deep Dive sessions will offer in-depth discussions on selected key technology trends for the future of manufacturing. 

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Day 1 (16 March 2023, Thursday)

10:00 – 10:15 Opening remarks / Ceremony
Emerging Technology Trends towards Manufacturing Excellence
10:15 – 10:45

Keynote: A Path to a Brighter Future of Smart Manufacturing via People-centricity, Process Innovation, and Technology Adoption

Speaker: Prof Dr David Romero, Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

10:45 – 11:15

Demystifying Sustainability and Digital Transformation for SME

Speaker: Raimund Klein, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, International Centre for Industrial Transformation (INCIT) 

11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30

Panel discussion: Government Initiatives for Technology Adoption – Challenges and Opportunities, EU vs Asia

Moderator: Dr Ing Dominic Gorecky, Head of Swiss Smart Factory, Switzerland Innovation

Panel speakers:

Fabian Bigar, Chief Executive Officer, MyDIGITAL Corporation, Ministry of Economy 

Dr Jeffrey Da-Jeng Yao, General Director, Mechanical and Mechatronics System Lab, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

Raimund Klein, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, International Centre for Industrial Transformation (INCIT) 

12:30 – 13:00

Sustainability in Smart Manufacturing / ESG’s impact in Manufacturing

Speaker: Eric Huang, Vice-President, Business Development, Synergies Intelligent Systems Inc

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch break
Human-Machine Collaboration for Sustainable Manufacturing
14:00 – 14:30

Keynote: Robot-human Co-operation in Manufacturing and Infrastructure

Speakers: Junjie Xiong, Board Member & Vice President, Shenhao Technology Co Ltd, Hangzhou, Representative of IARA

14:30 – 15:00

Autonomous Mobile Robots for Smart Warehousing Management Systems

Speaker: Kent Goh, Head of Robotics Business, Omron Electronics Sdn Bhd

15:00 – 15:30

Success Story on Human-Machine Collaboration for Intelligent Robotics

Speaker: Keith Tay, Assistant General Manager, CPI (KL) Sdn Bhd

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 16:00

Developing a Sustainable Talent Ecosystem for Intelligent Manufacturing

Speaker: Dr Chua Wen-Shyan, Head of Malaysian Smart Factory 4.0, Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC)

16:00 – 16:30

Human-Centric Factory Transformation

Speaker: Markus Khachan, Smart Factory Strategic Sales Consultant, Bossard Ltd

16:30 – 17:00

Success Story on Sustainable Digital Transformation and Implementation through Talent Development Strategies

Speaker:  Loong Kin Leong, Senior General Manager, Auto Global Parts Industries (AGP)

17:00 – 18:00

Panel discussion: People-Centric Approach for Technology Adoption

Moderator: Prof Dr David Romero, Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Panel Speakers:

Datuk Shahul Dawood, Chief Executive, HRD Corp

Loong Kin Leong, Senior General Manager, Auto Global Parts Industries (AGP)

Dr Chua Wen-Shyan, Head of Malaysian Smart Factory 4.0, Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC)

KC Hong, Vice president ESG Association Malaysia, Retired and currently the Strategy Advisor to Strateq Group

Day 2 (17 March 2023, Friday)

Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence for Intelligent Manufacturing
10:00 – 10:25

Kaynote: Real-Time Monitoring for Effective Factory Intelligence

Speaker: Dr Jeffrey Da-Jeng Yao, General Director, Mechanical and Mechatronics System Lab, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

10:25 – 10:50

Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence: The lifeblood of manufacturing

Speaker: Laurence Liew, Director for AI Innovation, AI Singapore

10:50 – 11:15

Open Innovation and Unified Architecture Success Story on Real Time Conditioning Monitoring Systems for Enhanced Maintenance Strategies

Speaker: Dr Maksim Sonnykh, Head of Factory Automation and Ahmad Khairi Hamzah, Bosch Rexroth Academy Manager, Bosch Rexroth Sdn Bhd

11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:00

Advantages of Digital Automation platform at the Edge with Sangfor Cloud Technology, to help Manufacturing verticals enhance Decision Making via Data Analytics

Speaker: Nicholas Tay, Chief Marketing Officer, Global Cloud Business, Sangfor Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

12:00 – 13:00

Panel Discussion: Data & Intelligence / Analytics for Improving Profit

Moderator: Dr Ing Dominic Gorecky, Head of Swiss Smart Factory, Switzerland Innovation

Panel Speakers:

Raimund Klein, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, International Centre for Industrial Transformation (INCIT)

Dr Jeffrey Da-Jeng Yao, General Director, Mechanical and Mechatronics System Lab, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

Laurence Liew, Director for AI Innovation, AI Singapore

Nicholas Tay, Chief Marketing Officer, Global Cloud Business, Sangfor Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 17:00 Deep Dive Session (s)

The conference schedule and presentation topics are subject to changes, updated as of 1 March 2023.

*Speakers are to be confirmed

Contact us

If you are interested to become a speaker or sponsor for this event, please feel free to contact:

Ms Jenny Ma
Tel: +852 2238 9914
Email: jenny.ma@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com