Penang has made strides towards embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to ensure that the manufacturing sector continues to be competitive in terms of productivity, innovation, and talent while creating the jobs needed for sustained growth. The Industry4WRD initiative was launched in 2018 as a catalyst to support the manufacturing and manufacturing-related services sectors transition into Industry 4.0 successfully.
This drive for digital adoption was carried into Budget 2020, when the Malaysian Government announced additional facilities to further encourage automation and digitalisation among companies through the extension of Automation Capital Allowance (Automation CA) for the services sector, on top of the Smart Automation matching grants for 1,000 manufacturing and 1,000 services companies. MIDA also offers assistance and facilitation for businesses to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies and become the catalyst in driving the nations’ digital economy. One of the initiatives is the Industry4WRD Intervention Fund, a financial support facility for Malaysian SMEs in the manufacturing and related services sectors to embrace Industry 4.0. Another initiative that businesses can leverage on is the Digital Transformation Acceleration Programme (DTAP), a strategic partnership initiative between MIDA and MDEC in spearheading the nation’s digital agenda, offering an outcome- based matching grant for the establishment of the pilot phase.
Moving forward, the Malaysian Government foresees an increasing trend of companies adopting digital business models. The Penang state will continue to welcome investors who can contribute in the areas of 4IR-enabling technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, virtual reality, big data analytics (BDA), Internet of Things (IoT), and software engineering. Digital Penang looks forward to facilitating these companies in the implementation of their projects in the state of Penang.
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