Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 29, 2017: “The transition from low-tech to high-tech manufacturing across Asia Pacific,” was the theme of a high-level panel discussion delivered representatives from business leaders from across Asia on the first day of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), taking place at the Paris-Sorbonne in Abu Dhabi.
Panellists agreed on the need for managerial innovation, the removal of distribution barriers between countries, and the need for sheer speed of delivery to customers in the age of instant gratification, in order to fully take advantage of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and automation.
“By promoting IoT through intelligence of manufacturing, production will become more resilient,” said Yan Yunfu, Executive Director and Chief Engineer at Shanghai Heavy Industries Co. “There will be a reduction in production cost, a decrease in the difficulty and intensity of labour as well as in the need for low-skilled workers. In some sectors, we can replace arduous labour completely.” He highlighted that the focus in not just on technology, but on empowering youth with the necessary knowledge to succeed. “Advanced manufacturing labs need to be set up for practical applications for college students to practice and understand before they enter the job market.”
Anders Karlborg, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, ZTE Corporation said: “China needs to be competitive in the high-tech industry, also. In the low-tech industry, they are still very competitive. To remain competitive, China will buy 150,000 robots per year for industrial manufacturing, moving from human to machine. Another factor to consider is that we need to rely on other countries besides China and on production and value-added services closer to our customers who are all around the world.”
“While many industries are operating at the 4.0 level in Asia, some industries are still in 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0; you have to go through those stages in order to move up to 4.0,” said Professor Daniel Cheng, Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. “In fact, many industries use ‘cobot’, a combination of machine and human labour that work together. China is doing a lot of work in the automation of robots which will speed up the process however adaptation to the Fourth Industrial Revolution will take time. We are moving in the right direction.”
Arthur Tan, CEO of Integrated Micro-Electronics, and President and CEO of Ayala Industrial Technology Holdings said: “The new generation don’t want to work in a factory which means this gap needs to be addressed with smart manufacturing. We need to focus on education of the workforce as there will be a new skillset required for high-tech jobs in which the data will need to be analysed and used to continuously improve production and products.”
Lu Pengqi, Vice Chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, said that China was working on connectivity and co-operation with other nations throughout Eurasia through the Belt and Road Initiative: “The Belt and Road Initiative opens doors for cross border investments and supply chain cooperation, and fosters inclusive growth and development for China and its partners. The initiative presents opportunities in facilities connectivity, and supports large-scale infrastructural developmental projects. For developing and emerging economies, investment and trade boost economic growth and development for the benefit of all.”
The inaugural Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is being held at the Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi University, UAE, until March 30, 2017. A joint initiative by the UAE Ministry of Economy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and co-hosted with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, the Summit is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The Summit is the world’s first global gathering for the manufacturing community, bringing together decision-making leaders from governments, businesses and civil society organisations to shape a vision for the sector’s future.
The Summit is a global platform for participating attendees to learn from best practices from across the world. This unprecedented global gathering will spark new ideas and set the stage for debate and action – addressing ways in which manufacturing can shape and reshape the world, integrating activities between developed and emerging markets, and delivering on social responsibility towards future generations. Leaders from the public and private sectors, along with representatives from civil society organisations, will gather to discuss global challenges within the manufacturing sector, looking specifically at six themes: technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and environment; infrastructure; standards, and stakeholder alignment.
About the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit
As the world’s first cross-industry forum, the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is a global gathering for manufacturing minds. It is a voice and a venue for global manufacturing transformation. More than 1,200 delegates will attend, including world leaders, industry CEOs, policy-makers, specialist researchers and academics. The Global Manufacturing and Industralisation Summit will deliver (i) a voice for transformational ideas, (ii) a venue for the generation of new networks and cross-industry partnerships, (iii) a showcase for pilot projects arising from cross-industry research,
Global Agenda on the Future of Manufacturing
The conference will focus on the role of manufacturing in reconstructing the global economy and restoring global prosperity. Leaders from the public and private sectors, along with civil society representatives, will gather together to discuss global challenges facing the manufacturing sector. The discussions will focus around six themes: technology and innovation; global value chains; skills, employment and education; sustainability and environment; infrastructure; standards and stakeholder alignment. The participants will form working groups to identify concrete action plans and recommendations that outline potential solutions to global issues, as well as showcase best practices and case studies from across the world. To highlight an example of global issues, the inaugural conference will focus on the issue of economic migration, with the aim of establishing a manufacturing platform that will bring together countries facing emigration or immigration challenges with regional countries that seek to support economic reconstruction. These countries will work together with manufacturers and the wider United Nations network on restoring global prosperity.
The Manufacturing Expo
Capitalising on the huge presence of the global manufacturing community under a single meeting venue, the Manufacturing Exhibition will offer space to corporations looking to showcase their products, services and latest innovations or technologies that can further contribute to promoting global economic development. The Manufacturing Expo consists of four components: an exhibition showcasing the manufacturing capabilities of the host country; international pavilions showcasing the manufacturing capabilities and economic incentives of each participating country; an innovation exhibition that demonstrates the latest fourth industrial revolution technologies; and an event for SMEs to present their products and solutions to potential customers.
The Global Value Chain Market
The Global Value Chain Market (GVCM) is a business matchmaking platform dedicated to increasing regional and international partnerships and opportunities. The platform will provide networking and sourcing opportunities both online and onsite via pre-scheduled meetings with the vision of forging investment opportunities, commercial partnerships, and encouraging technological transfer and knowhow. The platform will enable countries to identify and meet global manufacturers to promote industrial development, and familiarise global manufacturers with targeted industrial activities in various countries. The GVCM will become a source of valuable information for global investments, providing insights on legislation and regulations, sovereign risk, political stability, and physical and logistical infrastructure.
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