Smart factory to be focal centre of Industry 4.0

NDO – Smart factories will be the focus of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) but Vietnamese enterprises have not fully prepared for entering the revolution which is expected to dramatically change the world’s manufacturing industries.

Dr. Nguyen Phu Cuong, Director of the Department of Science and Technology under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) made the statement at the seminar themed ‘Digital enterprise – on the way to Industry 4.0’ in Hanoi on July 20.

The event was jointly held by MOIT, the German Embassy in Vietnam, Siemens, and the German Industry and Commerce Vietnam (GIC/AHK Vietnam) with the participation of more than 100 managers, policymakers, corporate leaders and experts.

Cuong said that with the strong development and integration of modern science and technology achievements at an advanced level, Industry 4.0 is forecasted to significantly change the production process in the world in the near future.

However, a survey conducted by the Hanoi Small and Medium Enterprise Association showed that only 12% of enterprises said they are implementing projects to gain access to the revolution while 19% of respondents said they have already built plans, 55% said they are learning about the revolution and 79% said they have not done anything.

Cuong noted that the model of intelligent factories will help businesses to increase productivity, flexibility and efficiency while shortening time to bring products to the market and increasing competitiveness.

At the same time, consumers will benefit from high quality and competitive pricing products which can be personalised to suit consumer’s requirements.

Industry 4.0 is considered an opportunity for Vietnamese enterprises but if they cannot catch up the pace of the world and regional development, Vietnam will face many challenges, including technological lag, production declines, excess of unskilled labour force, insecure information system, and copyright violations, among others.

Cuong also forecast the possibility of the emergence of outdated or low quality technologies transferred from developed to developing and underdeveloped countries.

He said that in order to successfully gain access and take up opportunities from the Industry 4.0, businesses need to fully understand the revolution, the characteristics of future production, and requirements needed to meet to avoid lagging behind.

Marko Walde, Chief Representative of AHK Vietnam recommended Vietnam to create motivation for enterprises through favourable conditions to make them self-confident in attending the revolution.

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