Overwhelming Response to Industry 4.0 Seminar


Article by Stanley Gona

Senior Manager, Corporate Services, PPKS



A total of fifty-five (55) participants signed up for the recent “Smart Factory Digital Transformation with IR 4.0” seminar. Held on 31 July 2018 at a leading hotel in Kuching, the seminar was organized by Knowledgecom Corporation Sdn. Bhd. with the support of the Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC), Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) Malaysia.


During her welcoming address, HRDF Sarawak-Sabah Regional Manager Ms Tinah Jerome took the opportunity to thank the participants for their support. She also encouraged the participants, comprising representatives from various industry sectors, government and academia, to share their viewpoints during the seminar.


The first speaker, Mr. Azhar Md. Nayan, Technical Advisor to the Penang Skills Development Centre, presented an overview of the Industry 4.0 ecosystem with his presentation entitled “Industry 4.0: What, When, Why, Who, How”. With the blistering pace of technological growth, there is an urgent need for the industry to embrace Industry 4.0 as a world of opportunities. The speaker also highlighted the dire consequences of not embarking on Industry 4.0, i.e. Risk of Inaction (ROI).


The second speaker, Mr. Rainer Schimpf, Asia Pacific Regional Head of IT at B. Braun Medical Industries, Malaysia, shared that “Industry 4.0 is not just technology, it is about transforming the whole company including its business model”. In his presentation, “How to Transform into an Industry 4.0 Company?”, the speaker shared on the building blocks of Industry 4.0, success factors to transform a company with Industry 4.0 and B. Braun’s Industry 4.0 journey in Malaysia.


With regard to the seminar, Mr. S.T. Rubaneswaran, CEO of Knowledgecom Corporation Sdn. Bhd. highlighted that the seminar in Kuching was part of an ongoing series of seminars to share with various stakeholders on the importance and the benefits of Industry 4.0, for example higher productivity, effective cost management, boosting revenue streams, and fostering creativity and innovation. Indeed, Industry 4.0 would be an integral part of Sarawak’s strategic development initiatives. He also shared that 25 seminars and workshops would be held throughout Malaysia over the next six months.


Sharing his thoughts on the seminar, Mr. Hallman bin Haji Sabri, Executive Director of PPKS emphasized, “With Industry 4.0 and the Digital Economy at our doorstep, there is a need to understand how fast-evolving technologies shape the vibrant canvas of industry, government and academia”. He also shared that the development of an industry-relevant and future-ready workforce would facilitate the state’s and nation’s quest to thrive in today’s ever-changing and vibrant global economy.


Among the seminar participants were Yang Berbahagia Dato Hajjah Maznah binti Dasmi, Secretary of the Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) Management Council and PPKS Members.


1. Standing, Second Row (first from left, wearing blue vest): Mr. S.T. Rubaneswaran, CEO of Knowledgecom Corporation Sdn. Bhd.
2. Seated, seventh from left: Ms Tinah Jerome, HRDF Sarawak-Sabah Regional Manager
3. Seated, sixth from left: Mr. Rainer Schimpf, Asia Pacific Regional Head of IT at B. Braun Medical Industries, Malaysia
4. Seated, fifth from left: Mr. Azhar Md. Nayan, Technical Advisor to the Penang Skills Development Centre

First from right: Mr. Hallman bin Haji Sabri, Executive Director of PPKS with members of PPKS team at the seminar.