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mai is now known as marii

MAI is now known as MARii

Rebranding expands scope to include robotics and IoT

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Christopher Ng

6 Dec 2018

If you think that Malaysia’s automotive industry has always been stuck in second gear, driving through dust clouds kicked up by other Asian nations like China, South Korea and even Thailand, well, this sounds like the government is doing something about it.

The Malaysia Automotive Institute, an agency under the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI), has rebranded itself to reflect the sign of times. Now known as Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (or, MARii for short), the agency’s new mission is to push the automotive industry to adopt robotics and the internet of things and usher in Industry 4.0 ASAP.

Datuk Darell Leiking, the Minister of International Trade and Industry, said, that Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Driving Management Systems, (in-car) camera technology and other similar technologies found in current cars will open up new roads for new businesses and job opportunities.

He added that the National Policy on Industry 4.0 (Industry4WRD), recently launched by Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad, will encourage the implementation of new technologies and change the manufacturing sector.

When we’ve finally make the transition from Industry 3.0 to Industry 4.0, you can expect less human involvement in the manufacturing process, which will almost certainly increase efficiency and quality. Time for human race to re-skill themselves, wouldn’t you say?