• 7 January 2020
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    End of a Decade, Start of an Age – #Hello2020!

    7 Jan 2020
    Amnani Adnan
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    2019 had come to an end and we are so excited to welcome yet another new but promising year – 2020! The numbers itself are already looking good and we hope it brings one or 20 more luck to us! The year 2020 is such a hopeful year for us because we have so many things in store to be revealed to you. But before we do that, let’s take a quick walk down the memory lane to our favourite moments of 2019 that we want to cherish and engrave in our hearts as we take a step further to create a few more.

    Thank you for the Awards!

    Sin Chew Education Awards – Professional Training Centre

    We were extremely honored to receive an award from Sin Chew Education Awards for Professional Training Centre. Being a strong believer of lifelong learning, it means a lot to us to have won this award. We want to dedicate this award to you, our customers who always have the confidence in us and participated in different trainings and workshop we had conducted throughout the year. We also valued your feedbacks as they had provided us rooms for improvement and kept us striving for excellence relentlessly.

    SOLIDWORKS Top Reseller – Highest Customer Satisfaction AP South 2018

    It had been a great kick off that we’ve gotten our first award from Sin Chew Education Awards, but this one totally got us hyped up for the rest of the year. We are proud to announce that we have been honoured as SOLIDWORKS Top Seller with Highest Customer Satisfaction in AP South for the year 2018.

    Each year, SOLIDWORKS hosts a conference called SOLIDWORKS World which brings in international audience of industry professionals – from users to experts in the CAD community. As much as this conference gives us the chance to connect with people who share the same passion as us, we are so thankful to be recognised as the leading provider of SOLIDWORKS products on such world stage. This is another achievement that we have attained, not without your support. Thank you and we will continue to serve in line with our belief “Respect, Listen and Care”.

     

    Sin Chew Business Excellent Awards – Digital and Technology Business Excellence Award

    Words can’t quite describe our heartfelt gratitude for our customers for being part of our journey leading to our third Sin Chew Business Excellence Award under Digital and Technology category, in recognition of our achievements in helping businesses in the nation to innovate, digitally transform and implement #sustainability practices with emerging technologies, especially corresponding to digital transformation.

    Mawea Industries Appointed as Digital Transformation Lab (DTL)

    We were happy to announce that this year one of our subsidiary companies – Mawea Industries Sdn. Bhd. – has been officially appointed as Digital Transformation Lab (DTL) in collaboration with Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in structuring Digital Transformation Acceleration Program (DTAP) alongside with other global experts, aiming to assist home-grown companies in their journey of digital transformation to maximise productivity, remain sustainable and competitive in the global market.

    We are expected to lend our expertise to companies and help their businesses to take on the road to digital transformation. Read more HERE.

    IME Launches the First and Only Office-friendly Metal 3D Printing System in Malaysia

    Honoured by the presence of YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of Ministry Of International Trade And Industry (MITI), IME launched Desktop Metal Studio System, the first and only office-friendly metal 3D printing system at METALTECH 2019 that took place at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). The ceremony was officiated together by Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies, Mr. Teoh Tuan Ka and Regional Director (Asia Pacific) of Desktop Metal, Mr. CK Kan.

    This was such an historic moment that we’d like to record it down everywhere possible and it will go down as one of the best moments of IME in its own history!

    Read more HERE.

    MoU signing with VTAR Institute

    To mark our support in the education sector, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed between IME and VTAR Institute. The collaboration is made to train more talents in their proficiency in 3D design and 3D printing, which also serves as students’ readiness in the Industry 4.0 environments.

    We’re committed in helping VTAR to equip the lab with SOLIDWORKS licenses and 3D printers. We believe these initiatives will further enhance the learning facilities that motivate VTAR students in their learning and exposure in Industry 4.0,” said Madam Julia Wee, the CEO of IME Group of Companies.

    We expect the success of this collaboration as well as to bring in more industrial talents of the youth into Industry 4.0 era. The world is ready, and so should they!

    First Design Competition across Malaysia

    IME hosted SOLIDWORKS Skills Competition for university students across Malaysia for the first time ever!

    We toured across Malaysia to make it happen and we are glad that a lot of students took part in this competition and make it merrier that we imagined. Always great to work with academia and uncover talents among young and passionate students!

    We hope all the students had a great time with us during the competition. Whether you win or not, it’s the experience that you will remember better. See you next time!

    Digital Transformation Journey

    IME is pleased to be part of this journey in driving #digitaltransformation. Some of the events that we attended:

    • FMM ICT Conference 2019
    • FMM Industry 4.0 Conference 2019
    • MITI Industry4WRD Summit
    • Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC 2019
    • Penang Manufacturing Excellence Conference & Exhibition (PMECX 2019)

    We are honoured to be able to attend these events where the mainstream topics are being discussed with each other, and we were included in the discussion. We hope to participate in more events like this in the future so to open more opportunity for us to explore further into the Industry 4.0 world.

    Largest Crowd of Engineering Get-Together Event – IMESWID2020

    Last but not least, the moment that will mark the end of this list – IMESWID2020, one of the biggest annual in-house events. The month-long road show was a great experience for us indeed to have met with our friends from all over Malaysia. Corresponding to the key message from our chairman, Mr. Teoh: Synergy – better together, this year touring to 5 multiple states including Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Melaka and Sarawak, IME SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day (#IMESWID) has the largest crowd ever with more than 1500 attendees. IMESWID2020 aims to explore innovation and technological creativity with the participants and embark on the digital transformation journey together.  It was a huge success, and we owe it to all partners, customers, and IMEzens for this huge success of the event.

    It was a great time spent together with everyone and we hope to see you again next year!

    And… it’s a wrap!

    2019 has been so wonderful for us and we hope it has, too, for you. When most people get a little unproductive at this time of the year, we treat year-ends as a change of pace where we slow down in a good way but also go about crazy speed to finally wrap things up.

    Year 2019 was great, exciting, and everything that drove us to the edge of our seats, and we plan to double those feelings with everyone in 2020. That means, we want to see, connect and achieve more greatness with ourselves and also with our customers.

    Ending the year 2019 with such note, we gracefully welcome 2020 and enter a new decade with new goals, of course. We are so excited to reveal what we have in store for the year, and one of them should be our IME 40th Anniversary Celebration!

    IME, unbelievably, has been around for the 40th year and that is one massive achievement for us. The years we’ve gone through so far were obviously not an easy path, but it was the blood, sweat and tears of everyone who worked hard to bring us here, therefore we see it as a path of togetherness. While we constantly stand by RESPECT, LISTEN and CARE in achieving goals, it always brings us together, and the relationship we have with each other right now is like none other, and we feel more thankful because of that.

    Before we put a period on this blog and this year, we would like to express our enormous gratitude to everyone – our colleagues, our partners, our customers – for the continuous support throughout the year. We really, really, really would not make it out there without all of you! The New Year ahead of us holds so much hopes and promises, and we would like to unveil it together with you again. This year shall end happily as we bless each other on the coming one.

    Peace out for now and Happy New Year!

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  • 14 October 2019
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    THE LARGEST SOLIDWORKS INNOVATION DAY IN ASIA PACIFIC

    14 Oct 2019
    Amnani Adnan
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    KUALA LUMPUR, October 3 – IME SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day 2020 was held at Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), which was organised by IME Group of Companies in collaboration with Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia (MRM) as Strategic Partner, with the key objective of promoting and driving design and innovation of Malaysian products in the new digital space.

    IME SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day (IMESWID) is a platform to gather industry’s thought leaders namely government, industry players, engineers and academia to share on the key trends and spearheads design and innovation. The event also aims to explore innovation and technology creativity with the participants and embark on the digital transformation journey together. It is an annual event organised by IME throughout Malaysia, touring to multiple states including Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Melaka and Sarawak.

    Back to its root, IMESWID is also the most prominent event to introduce new capabilities. SOLIDWORKS 2020 helps to get business and engineers going from design to manufacture faster and also reduce costs, meet customer demand as well as optimise designs. This is a big event of SOLIDWORKS that is taking place in October every year, held in every corner of the world. SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day 2020 with the participation of SOLIDWORKS experts in domestic or foreign country will bring various of new enhancements to users.

    Digital continuity is the theme of the event this year, putting emphasis on the importance of extracting, analysing and connecting data throughout design and manufacturing cycle: from machines in manufacturing and throughout the enterprise both horizontally and vertically. Digital Continuity in multi-discipline is essential in modern day manufacturing for complete visibility in manufacturing efficiency.  Software and applications play a major role in enabling this to provide connectivity in the entire design to manufacturing process for instance, design optimisation, real-time manufacture feedback and analytics, virtual factory, assembly simulation, collaborative engineering platform among many others.

    In the technology showcase featured at the event, a comprehensive data-driven design and manufacturing ecosystem that has shown seamless digital continuity in the production floor by integrating different systems at multiple stages product development.

    Other than that, real-life applications provided audience a clear picture of digital continuity from the design environment to the manufacturing shop floor.

    Product Design & Development

    Virtual Reality (VR)

    Additive Manufacturing – Metal 3D Printing

    Virtual Factory

    Industrial Automation

    Quality Inspection

    Reverse Engineering

    Data analytics and dashboards

    By leveraging on the right solution, business owner can easily automate data collection and turn them into meaningful insights that accelerates decision-making process, making it effective, purposeful and on-point. Visibility and accessibility to every system including machines, people, resources help to stay in control and to identify pain-points easily thus closing loopholes, maximising resources utilisation, increasing operational efficiencies, and of course, lower operational cost.

    Nearly 600 participants from various organisations attended the event that seeks to assist them in understanding and learning ways to incorporate the key elements of Industry 4.0 into businesses.

    The event also endorses home-grown companies and local products that are locally designed and manufactured. The synergy between IME and MRM strongly advocates Buatan Malaysia embodying world-design capabilities that we are always unquestionably proud of. Innovative products can be designed and manufactured given the design freedom comes with the integration of emerging technologies.

    Thinking that Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and factory modernisation are only for large multinational companies is a general misconception. For positive impact on the entire supply chain, large and small medium enterprises alike, are to be aligned in their transformation to reflect a seamless and continuity in the effectiveness of operations. 2nd tier & 3rd tier vendors or manufacturers are not to adopt a wait-and-see mindset if we want to remain relevant.

    According to Mr. Teoh Tuan Ka, Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies, the synergy between all parallels namely the government, industry players and academia is crucial to spearhead Industry 4.0 adoption in Malaysia. “Synergy bridges the interconnection and fill the gap in collaboration to ensure seamless knowledge sharing and effective skills transfer, and that makes the team stronger at times of a transformational change. SMEs and local businesses have to be at the forefront of digital transformation to gain competitive advantage and stay attractive for global investors at worldwide scale,” added Mr. Teoh.

    At the event,  it also addressed how local companies can leverage on Digital Transformation Lab Partners in digital transformation journey with an insightful session on Digital Transformation Acceleration Programme (DTAP) that is part the initiative of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) that aims to help these companies to adopt Industry 4.0 and thereby increases productivity, reduces foreign labours and exploit new opportunities in the digital space. The programme involves pilot of implementation plan and scale up of not more than 5 years. Mawea Industries, a member of IME Group of Companies was appointed as one of the DTLs to lend its expertise to the IR4.0 adopters. Through DTL, companies are able to set out a digital transformation journey of their own.

    Productivity and its improvement are both a political imperative and a business necessity. Hence, lifting productivity can be an imperative role played by public sector as well as private sector. This approach should be adopted by the local industry, government, and academia to boost productivity to greater heights.

    Download the key takeaways from the event below:

    #1 SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New

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    #2 Digital Transformation Acceleration Programme (DTAP): Futureproof your business

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    #3 Virtual Commissioning & Virtual Reality using Emulate3D & SOLIDWORKS

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    About IME Group of Companies

    IME (Group of companies) is a local business established since 1980, that aspires to play a role in the growth of the local industry, by providing a platform for the industry and educational sector to collaborate, share, and close the knowledge and skill gap. Founded as a CNC service and repair centre, IME has now grown into the leading product design and manufacturing solution provider in Malaysia, with a vast clientele from local and multi-national corporations, government sectors and academia; IME has established strong presence locally and expanded business coverage to ASEAN.

    Apart from being recently appointed as the DTL by MDEC, IME is also The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Industry 4.0 Committee Member, and The Fourth Industrial Revolution Committee Member for National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM).

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  • 17 May 2019
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    [PRESS RELEASE] IME Launches the First and Only Office-friendly Metal 3D Printing System in Malaysia.

    17 May 2019
    Amnani Adnan
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    IME Group of Companies launched Desktop Metal Studio System, the first and only office-friendly metal 3D printing system at METALTECH 2019 that took place at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). The ceremony was ­­honoured by the presence of YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Mr. Teoh Tuan Ka , Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies, and Mr. CK Kan, Regional Director (Asia Pacific) of Desktop Metal.

    The Studio System is safe and simple to use and is designed to make metal 3D printing more accessible, enabling design and engineering teams to make metal parts faster, without the need for special facilities, dedicated operators, or expensive tooling.

    Manufacturers who have adopted 3D printing technology have reported cost reduction of as much as 90% compared to machining and selective laser melting (SLM) and speed up production significantly, from months or weeks to mere days.

    Metal 3D Printing is one of the new technologies showcased by IME this year, alongside with other technology pillars in the National Policy on Industry 4.0, such as local-developed Data Analytic solution, Virtual Simulation, Virtual Reality, and various Design to Manufacturing Solutions.

    A combination of the different technology drivers in the National Policy on Industry 4.0 established by Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) will transform the manufacturing landscape, the way of working, and disrupt existing business models.  It will lead to greater efficiencies and change traditional production relationships among suppliers, producers, and customers—as well as between human and machine.

    In May this year, Mawea Industries (A member of IME Group of Companies) has been officially appointed as Digital Transformation Lab (DTL) in collaboration with the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) for its Digital Transformation Acceleration Programme (DTAP), initiated with the support of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). In this cooperation, Mawea Industries will be lending its expertise and assistance to Malaysian companies in adopting and leveraging on digital technologies for increased productivity and optimised operation towards sustainability.

    “Support from the government is crucial in the Industry 4.0 journey. We are glad to see many initiatives from the government in recent years spearheading the way. We are proud to be part of the journey, being a local company developing our own solutions to aid the growth of the industry” says Mr. TK Teoh, Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies.

    IME Group of Companies with its expertise and comprehensive approach towards Industry 4.0 along with the right tools provides companies with the support they need to master the challenges of implementation.

    ABOUT IME GROUP OF COMPANIES

    IME (Group of companies) is a local business established since 1980, that aspires to play a role in the growth of the local industry, by providing a platform for the industry and educational sector to collaborate, share, and close the knowledge and skill gap. Founded as a CNC service and repair centre, IME has now grown into the leading product design and manufacturing solution provider in Malaysia, with a vast clientele from local and multi-national corporations, government sectors and academia; IME has established strong presence locally and expanded business coverage to ASEAN.

    Apart from being recently appointed as the DTL by MDEC, IME is also The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Industry 4.0 Committee Member, and The Fourth Industrial Revolution Committee Member for National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM).

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  • 10 May 2019
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    Mawea Industries Appointed as Digital Transformation Lab (DTL)

    10 May 2019
    Amnani Adnan
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    In view of the global trend in the industry towards digital transformation, the Government with the support of local industries have been energising the scene with powerful initiatives to accelerate nation’s digital transformation.  Some of the prominent efforts include The National Policy on Industry 4.0, also known as Industry4WRD, launched by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad in 2018 and Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)’s Domestic Investment Strategic Fund (DISF) in facilitating the shift of large and mid-tier companies.

    IME is driving the thrust of digital transformation through its subsidiary, Mawea Industries’s active collaboration with manufacturers and companies in the area of Industry 4.0 across verticals.

    Mawea Industries has been officially appointed as Digital Transformation Lab (DTL) in collaboration with Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in structuring Digital Transformation Acceleration Programme (DTAP) alongside with other global experts, aiming to assist home-grown companies in their journey of digital transformation to maximise productivity, remain sustainable and competitive in the global market.

    DTAP is a result-driven programme that aims to enhance the competitiveness of local companies and remain sustainable in the coming years of digital disruption by increasing their productivity gain, reducing labour dependency and design new business model.

    The programme is equipped with Industry 4.0 experts as the Digital Transformation Labs (DTL) for companies to leverage on their expertise in addressing pain points, developing opportunities and employing proof of concepts through the adoption of digital technologies. Undergoing the assessment with DTL is a critical pilot process as it sets out the digital adoption journey. Businesses can apply for a full scale implementation between a designated timeframe after completing the pilot phase.

    Future proof your business and start your digital transformation journey now.

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  • 3 May 2019
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    IME at Shell Eco-Marathon

    3 May 2019
    Amnani Adnan
    1063

    On the 29th April – 2nd May 2019, Shell has organized one of the most exciting event that involves high school students and university students from all over the world at our very own racetrack – Sepang International Circuit and we (IME & SOLIDWORKS)  had the honour of being a partner in this event. With over 30 years of experience in engineering and constantly pushing forward, we have always been a huge supporter in nurturing STEM education to ensure that the engineers of tomorrow will be able to shape the future. With aligning interests, we had to participate and show our support for an event with such history and significance. Now, let us dive into the details of this event.

    The Shell Eco – Marathon is a platform for high school and university teams to come together and push their boundaries through hands-on experience to achieve high energy efficiency vehicles in the form of a competition. With over 3 decades of history and involving thousands of teams across the world, I assure you that you will be surprised by the sheer scale and atmosphere of this event. This marks their 10th Anniversary for Shell Eco-marathon Asia and they have decided to return to SIC (Sepang International Circuit) where it all first began for the Asia series.

    This competition involves 2 vehicle classes which are UrbanConcept and Prototype. The UrbanConcept vehicles have 4 wheels and features similar to a road car whereas the Prototype class is a 3-wheeler and designed to be superlight weight. Teams have the freedom to choose how their vehicle will be powered, which are the Internal Combustion Engine, Battery-Electric or Hydrogen Fuel Cell.

    URBANCONCEPT PROTOTYPE
    Vehicles with familiar road car features Ultra-efficient
    4 Wheels Lightweight
    3 Wheels

    Drivers will participate in 2 types of competition; ‘Mileage Challenge’ and ‘Drivers’ World Championship’. As the name suggests, the Mileage Challenge features the most distance travelled with 1 litre of fuel and the Driver’s World Championship which will test the driver’s ability to cross the finish line first within the allocated energy through their strategy, speed and skill. To put into perspective, the 2018 winning team was able to travel a distance of 2,341 kilometers on just 1 litre of petrol. That’s the equivalent distance of travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon, Myanmar! How in the world of chicken nuggets did they manage that?  Also, trying to strategize and constantly and adapting to the driving conditions is not an easy task especially in a circuit such as Sepang.

    Personally, we think that it would be very challenging due to the harsh conditions in Malaysia. The heat will be a major factor as well as how technical the track is, Shell has chosen the more technical part of Sepang International Circuit for the competition and it consists of steep gradients and technical corners. Therefore I think that the main factors in this competition would be heat management, driver’s skill and mental fortitude. Did we forget to mention that drivers had to wear full race suits in their cars with minimum to no ventilation throughout the race? Just when you thought that it couldn’t get any more challenging, teams have to pass 11 inspections before being seen fit to compete in track!

    This year, we have a total of 109 teams from 19 countries across Asia Pacific consisting of 5 Malaysian Teams. Surprisingly none of our Malaysian Teams used combustion engines!

    Malaysian Teams Category Engine Type
    #307 Genesis UTAR Prototype Battery Electric
    #310 UMP Tech (University Malaysia Pahang) Prototype Battery Electric
    311 Grüne Welt (Multimedia University Melaka Campus) Prototype Battery Electric
    #611 Team Monash UC UrbanConcept Hydrogen
    #614 UiTM Eco Planet UrbanConcept Hydrogen

    We went looking for our Malaysian representatives and couldn’t get hold of all of them. This was probably because everyone was trying to get through the 11 tests! However, we did come across team #310 UMP Tech who has already passed all 11 test and got their stickers to prove it! Also they were kind enough to let us take a look at their car and we had a short Q&A session with them!

    On the left is a picture of us investigating their car and on the right we have a team photo!

    Team UMP Tech is running a battery electric setup with in-house fabricated carbon fibre chassis. They have been testing their car and have reported things are looking good, rear-biased weight distribution and with just the bare minimum! Team UMP has been in this competition for their 3rd year and we are hoping to see a competitive race from them!

    Pictures of #310 UMP Tech

    However, when we went to visit team #307 Genesis UTAR….. we found this …..

    Bummer….

    We didn’t let that stop us from snoopin’ around their car!

    Seems like they got rid of extra weight by not having seats at all! Just a few fluffy cushions will do!

    Since they were not around, we decided to interview Team #322 UTB Ecodrive Team from Brunei instead…

    Just some quick features about their car, they were running on an internal combustion engine from a motorcycle and this was their first time participating! They had lots of tech loaded in their car with LCD screens that shows various data, well-done to their electrical team! As this was their first time, their biggest challenge was designing the chassis in SOLIDWORKS. After speaking to various teams, they all seem to face challenges in designing an aerodynamic and solid chassis. Most teams had only done chassis design but not any kind of simulation study and we were happy to provide them with more information on simulations and design!

    Moving on to Team #311 Grüne Welt (Multimedia University Melaka Campus)

    Grüne Welt (German) translates into Green World
    They have a solid looking car and we had a discussion with their lecturer/ supervisor regarding designing the car as well as some talks on simulation! Apparently they’re keen on trying out SOLIDWORKS and were very excited about its capabilities!

    We caught team #611 Team Monash UC during inspection and gave out some freebies!

    Out of all the cars we have seen from our Malaysian representatives, Monash’s car looks the most comfortable and probably is the biggest in size we’ve seen so far! The car looks fast with a sleek aerodynamic design. Rear-biased weight distribution as they have a trunk in the back with metal plates stacked to keep the rear end sitting low!

    Lastly, we visited Team #614 UiTM Eco Planet

    Looks like they’re a little busy …….

    It was a long day for us and for the participants as well. As it was a busy day for the teams trying to get through inspection, we had a hard time trying to get hold of them. However, more content on the event will come soon!

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