February 28, 2024

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Thailand’s KMILT and Zurich tech-provider tie up for robotics

According to a recent report, a Zurich-based technology provider announced that it will be teaming with King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) to promote robotics education in Thailand.

Both parties signed an agreement to foster cooperation and put in place a framework that facilitates R&D for industrial robots to enhance education for engineers.

The growing adoption of robots in all walks of manufacturing is creating increased demand for workers with skills in programming and operating robots.

The vice-president of the tech provider’s local unit said that this partnership formalises the existing cooperation between the two entities, focusing on sharing of information and development of an engineering curriculum to build a skilled workforce.

He stated that the agreement covers cooperation on educational resource development as well as the transfer of knowledge and technology in the development of industrial robots for varied industries.

The agreement is also is in line with the Thailand 4.0 initiative that targets innovation as a means of development.

The Associate Professor, the dean of KMITL’s faculty of engineering, said that the institution aims to improve how it nurtures students with knowledge of industrial robotics to equip them with the necessary skills to succeed in Thailand’s growing industrial landscape.

The tech provider in Thailand has a long history in the utility and industry sectors, delivering the first motor to a major cement group in 1913. Its manufacturing base in Thailand is located in Bangpoo Industrial Estate, producing low-voltage capacitors and power transformers, while offering a transformer service and an oil laboratory.

The medium and low-voltage switchgear assembly is also located at this factory. The tech provider has its business centre in Rayong, with four service branches in Chon Buri, Saraburi, Prachin Buri and Khon Kaen.

According to the Thailand 4.0 initiative website, the initiative is an economic model that aims to unlock the country from several economic challenges resulting from past economic development models which place emphasis on agriculture (Thailand 1.0), light industry (Thailand 2.0), and advanced industry (Thailand 3.0).

The second agenda of the Initiative (Agenda 2), titled the Development of Technology Cluster and Future Industries, Thailand 4.0 is an engine to propel new economic growth through the transformation of “comparative advantage” into “competitive advantage”.

This approach will fulfil the country with knowledge, creativity, innovation, science, technology, research and innovation, and build upon comparative advantage with “5 Groups of Technology and Targeted Industries” which comprises of:

(1) Food, Agriculture and Bio-Tech: building a stable economy base on biodiversity and environmentally friendly biotechnology and moving Thailand toward becoming the centre of premium agricultural products and food, and an exporter of technology in agriculture, seeds, vaccine.

(2) Health, Wellness and Biomedical:  building medical infrastructure and move Thailand forward to be “Medical Hub” of ASEAN within 2025.

(3) Smart Devices and Robotics – Mechatronics:  moving Thailand forward to advance as a leader in the automatic system, industrial robotics, and service robotics in ASEAN.

(4) Digital, Internet of Things (loT), Artificial Intelligence and Embedded Technology: using digital tools and loT as platforms to enhance productivity, quality and innovation in various economic activities within agriculture, industrial, service and education sectors.

(5) Creativity, Culture and High-Value Services: undertaking actions that synergize basic cultural assets, innovation and technology in order to increase commercial value and ultimately enable Thailand to move forward in becoming one of ASEAN’s “Creative hubs” within the next ten years.

The “5 technology and targeted industries” will be transformed into “integrated research” in order to provide possible solutions to challenges that may arise at the national and global levels, as well as identify business opportunities for the private. At the initial stage, the government will pursue the following five agendas:

(1) Integrated research on Food and Agriculture
(2) Integrated research on Energy
(3) Integrated research on Aging Societies
(4) Integrated research on Smart Cities
(5) Integrated research on Creative Economy

It appears that the aforementioned tech provider will be partnering with Thailand’s KMILT to aspect three of the 5 Groups of Technology and Targeted Industries.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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