• 23 April 2018
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    Industry 4.0 : Are You Ready?

    23 Apr 2018
    Amnani Adnan
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    When industry 4.0 is emerging, it is crucial to understand all the key elements of Industry 4.0 and the ways they are impacting the industry we are in. From there, we are going to see tremendous positive effects to our business by smartly implementing them.

    The twelve pillars of Industry 4.0 established on MIDA are:

    1. Big Data Analytics
    2. Automation
    3. Artificial Intelligence
    4. Digitisation
    5. Augmented Reality
    6. Cybersecurity
    7. Additive Manufacturing
    8. Internet of Things
    9. Simulation
    10. System Integration
    11. Cloud Computing
    12. Autonomous Robots

    Despite the fact that many companies have already implemented some of the technologies supporting Industry 4.0, however they are being practised in isolation instead of interconnected autonomous system. To achieve greatest results and to stay competitive, these technologies have to be connected and communicated freely amongst each other as well as across various functions in the organisation.

    The development process requires effort but it is not impossibly difficult with the help of government initiatives and solution providers in catering different needs in line with diverse business natures. Moreover, we are glad to be part of the movers in upholding Industry 4.0, in hope of stimulating growth  and development in the industries. Earlier this year, we have participated in a number of Industry 4.0 events which allowed us to speak with more people on Industry 4.0 and ways to implement it.

    Some of the key events we joined:

    1. MITI Malaysia Digital Economy Forum
    2. MCA Belt and Road 2.0
    3. MITI/MPC Showcase on Innovation for Productivity (SHIP) 2018

    MITI Malaysia Digital Economy Forum

    KUALA LUMPUR: The International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) is targeting to increase the number of companies coming onboard the Digital Free-Trade Zone (DFTZ) e-commerce platform to about 10,000 by year-end from 1,998 last November.

    Its minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said since the DTFZ pilot project was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last year, there had been growing interest among local and international e-Commerce players.

    “We will work towards ensuring the sustainability of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are already DFTZ-listed, and assist more SMEs to list on the platform to ensure that the SMEs are future-ready and equipped to venture into cross-border eCommerce,” he told a press conference after delivering his welcoming remarks at the Malaysia Digital Economy Forum here.

    The Star Online. (2018, 9 Feb). Miti eyes 10,000 e-commerce companies for DFTZ [Press Release].

     

    MCA Belt and Road 2.0 

    KUALA LUMPUR: MCA’s newly launched Belt and Road 2.0 will serve as a centre to assist the formation of stronger bilateral ties between Malaysia and China in many different areas, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

    MCA Belt and Road 2.0 is built on five strategies – business transformation and young startups, SME Go-Global, trade and investment promotion platforms, Belt and Road policy coordination platforms, and education and training.

    MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said MCA was the first political party from abroad to respond to the Belt and Road initiative.

    Liow said bilateral trade between the two nations amounted to RM264.62bil in the first 11 months of last year, which accounts for 16.3% of Malaysia’s total trade.

    “We need to seize these opportunities,” he said.

    The Star Online. (2018, 10 Feb). MCA launches Belt and Road 2.0 [Press Release].

    MITI/MPC Showcase on Innovation for Productivity (SHIP) 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is on track to achieve the target of 3.7 per cent labour productivity growth annually valued at RM92,300 per worker by 2020.

    International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the country achieved labour productivity growth of 3.6 per cent in 2016, reaching 87.8 per cent, or productivity value of RM81,039, of the 2020 targeted level.

    “With the nine Productivity Nexus initiatives led by industries and supported by government and academia (in placed), we believe the country’s productivity will be further improved.

    “This year, the Nexus has planned over 42 projects, among them documentation of best practices, industry profiling and development of online productivity tool kits,” he told reporters after officiating the Showcase on Innovation for Productivity (SHIP) 2018, here today.

    The Productivity Nexus is a centre of excellence relating to productivity and is the catalyst in implementing productivity initiatives.

    Industries are encouraged to participate in the programme offered by the Nexus to further increase productivity.

    SHIP 2018 showcases best practices from four strategic innovation partnership platforms, namely the Ministry of Higher Education’s Public-Private Research Network, SIRIM-Fraunhofer Partnership, AIM-Steinbeis Foundation Malaysia, and SME Corp Bhd–PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd.

    During the 2015-2017 period, SHIP has spent about RM200 million, benefitting 1,600 small and medium enterprises.

     

    SHIP is an initiative under the purview of the National Oversight Productivity Council, which is part of the governance structure of the National Productivity Council.

    New Straits Time Online. (2018, March 22). Malaysia to reach RM92,300 productivity growth value per worker by 2020 [Press Release].

    At times of a big move around, we hesitate to adopt new ideas and technology because we think we are doing fine with the old ones and we are already making profits using existing methods; why replace something we know so well with something we don’t?

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    “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”

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  • 5 January 2018
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    Highlights of the Amazing 2017!

    5 Jan 2018
    Amnani Adnan
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    A year has passed, but it is definitely not just another ordinary year down the memory lane. It is a fulfilling year we have not seen before. We are contented for the milestones we have accomplished and the effort we dedicated in giving back to the society.

    We are so thankful for the years we’ve had together, and excited for the years ahead. After all, it is the togetherness that keeps moving us forward.

    Here’s to more bliss and joy in the year ahead. Before that, take a look at our favourite moments of 2017.

     

    SIN CHEW BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD

    Words can’t quite describe our heartfelt gratitude for our customers for being part of our journey leading to our second Sin Chew Business Excellence Award under Digital and Technology category.


    “We remain our stance and continue to emphasise “Respect, Listen, Care” in our practices and intend to carry this on for many years to go. Winning the award further justifies the team’s effort in striving to provide the best solution to the industry in leveraging technology to achieve greater business growth.”

    Mr TK Teoh, Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies.


    Each and every year, we have been preaching the mantra, “to inspire and be inspired”. Staying true to the course, innovation remains the core in keeping us relevant and staying ahead in the market. All of this would not be possible without our customers, business partners, and the ever so devoted IMEZen team.

    Being successful is not just about becoming bigger or stronger; it is to become smarter, more effective and adaptive. Looking to the future means building to last.

    Read more here.

     

    THE MALAYSIAN INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (MIDA) 50TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN DAY

    Our heartiest congratulations to MIDA on celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and for the success of MIDA Open Day 2017. It was our honour to be invited by MIDA to design, lead and deploy the launching gimmick of the Open Day. The gimmick involving IME’s in-house developed High-Resolution 3D Printer, Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV), and a Collaborative Industrial Robot, reinforces that advanced technologies such as Additive Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics are not too far from us.


    “We need to look at technology, not as a competitor for our jobs but our partner in creating quality jobs. Like it or not, technology which includes automation and robotics, is here to stay.”

    Y.B. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry


    On the topic of Industry 4.0, the Minister of International Trade and Industry highlighted that, “This is why the government is prioritising innovation and encouraging the adoption of Industry 4.0 elements such as Smart Manufacturing and Automation to build greater economies of scale. We are not just talking about this but we want to address the challenges and make progressive steps forward. By the end of this year, MITI targets to table the National Policy on Industry 4.0 to the Cabinet,” he concluded.

    We would like to acknowledge the support from our partners DF Automation and Robotics and ABB Robotics in making the launching a success. Now more than ever, collaboration between organisations, associations, and government authorities plays an important role in creating and enhancing synergy within the ecosystem, as well as in optimising resources and achieving collective strategic priorities. This successful collaboration further illustrates the importance of collaboration among organisations, we look forward to greater synergy across all parties.

     

    PARTNERSHIP WITH TEGAS

    The era of innovation has come where the new generation of entrepreneurs needs intensive product design and development tools in order to achieve breakthrough. Considering the hardships that start-ups are largely facing – limited resources and access to technologies, IME Group of Companies decided to extend its Entrepreneur Programme to East Malaysia. We are working with local incubators to provide start-ups with access to full suite of SOLIDWORKS application and 3D printing technology, at zero cost.


    “The SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneurs programme demonstrates our commitment to helping engineers bring their innovations and design concepts to reality by providing SOLIDWORKS’ full suite of capabilities to easily design and manufacture products quickly.”

    Gian Paolo Bassi, Chief Executive Officer of SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes


    Complementing the Sarawak state government’s pledge to accelerate digital economy in the state and to catalyse industry players, academia and government collaboration, the partnership offers not only the complete suite of designing to manufacturing solutions to support the entrepreneur community in Sarawak, but also workshops and trainings that help to accelerate the product development process.

    Read more about our collaboration here

     

    INDUSTRY 4.0 INITIATIVES

    Being in the transition of the third to fourth industrial revolution, we are witnessing history in the making. Industry 4.0 is here. Through disruptive technologies, it reshapes the way things are made; it also redefines conventional business models.


    “Talk is cheap. Advocacy is crucial, but execution is eminent too, we are also embarking on our own IoT projects. Solely in year 2017 itself, we have spoken to more than 7000 business leaders about Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing and IoT”

    Mr TK Teoh, Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies.


    We are honoured to be entrusted to be 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).

    Key events that we spoke at this year regarding Industry 4.0 topics:

    • KLSCCCI-KCCCI Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing Seminar
    • FMM Factory Automation Conference
    • FMM ICT Conference – Moving towards Industry 4.0: Exploring the World of Connected Enterprises
    • Vitrox CoE Training: Smart Manufacturing – How to start?
    • FMM Industry 4.0 Conference
    • PSDC Industry 4.0 Week
    • TARUC Industry 4.0 Forum.

    The well-received topics are:

    • Current adoption and trends of smart manufacturing
    • Benchmark your smart manufacturing readiness with others
    • How to start – key elements of smart manufacturing
    • How to start – identify your first step

     

    MOU SIGNING WITH KDU PENANG

    IME assisted KDU Penang in setting up their SOLIDWORKS Certification Center. KDU Penang is the first education institution in Malaysia recognised as an accredited SOLIDWORKS Academic Certification Provider, thereby enabling KDU students to gain professional experience in the field of Engineering and work out their project design portfolios with the international professional certification prior to entering the working world.


    “By equipping them with the right tools and exposing them to latest technology, we believe that we can inspire younger generation to think differently. We want to empower them to be the future leader,”

    Madam Julia Wee, the CEO of IME Group of Companies.


    KDU Penang students will get the chance to use SOLIDWORKS software tools on multiple functions such as engineering design simulation sustainable design and documentation in the classroom or remotely.

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  • 12 December 2017
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    Sin Chew Digital and Technology Business Excellence Awards 2017

    12 Dec 2017
    Amnani Adnan
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    We are very proud to have won the Digital and Technology Business Excellence award in the recent Sin Chew Business Excellence Awards 2017 for the second time.

    Each and every year, we have been preaching the mantra, “to inspire and be inspired”. Staying true to the course, innovation remains the core in keeping us relevant in staying ahead in the market.

    It is not a solo journey, it’s ours! Greatest appreciation to all of our customers for being part of our journey and all of this would not be possible without the ever so dedicated team. A big thank you to all weathering the storm with us through thick and thin. We welcome more to embark on this journey to the future today, for tomorrow is here!

    The Awards Giving Ceremony and Gala Dinner took place at Setia City Convention Centre, Shah Alam on 10th November 2017. Mr. Chuah Tun Chong, Sales Manager of IME Technology received the award from Dato’ Haji Johari Abdul Ghani, Minister of Finance II.

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  • 9 November 2017
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    [PRESS RELEASE] IME Group Of Companies Launches SOLIDWORKS 2018 in Kuching

    9 Nov 2017
    Amnani Adnan
    647

    KUCHING, 4 November 2017 – IME Group of Companies (IME), a strategic partner of Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (TEGAS) in the #InnovateSarawak campaign, brings IME SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day (IMESWID) to Sarawak for the third time.

    In collaboration with Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST), Penang Skill Development Centre (PSDC) and other industry partners, IME has jointly organised the event with TEGAS and Dassault Systèmes, with the support of Ministry of Education, Science & Technological Research and Centre of Technical Excellence (CENTEXS), at TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub (TDIH) today.

    The month-long event saw a total of some 1,200 participants from Penang, Selangor, Johor, Perak, Kuantan and Melaka, with Sarawak being the last stop. It is organised annually by IME since 2007; with the aim to cultivate innovation among the industry, and to serve as a platform to gather innovators and industry thought leaders as well as the academians. The event expanded from 3 locations to 7 locations in Malaysia, and has touched more than 9000 technology enthusiasts to date.

    Themed ‘Great Designs Get Built’ this year, the event focuses not only on technology trends and updates, but also industry 4.0 implementation. Local success have been shared and showcased to illustrate the role of technology as catalyst in creating great products.

    Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between TEGAS and IME in August, IME vowed to extend its support to the maker community in Sarawak with a full suite of solutions for CAD design, simulation, realistic rendering, and prototyping, by providing no-cost licenses to the leading 3D design solution – SOLIDWORKS as well as a 3D printer, through the state-initiated incubator, TDIH.

    Being the most widely used CAD(CAM) software, SOLIDWORKS is one of the tools under Dassault Systèmes for users to design, conduct virtual simulation and virtual manufacturing before beginning production of a product. 3D printer complements this process and enables makers to digitally produce any product direct from their CAD file. With such technology combined with 3D printing, it allows makers to bring their ideas into life without conventional manufacturing constraints.

    In today’s marketplaces, competition is fierce and consumer loyalty is nurtured by businesses that can create compelling experiences that go beyond simply purchasing or using a product.

    With the newly launched SOLIDWORKS 2018, teams can collaborate concurrently to more rapidly and cost-efficiently design a product or part, validate its function and manufacturability, manage its data and related processes, streamline and automate its manufacturing, and inspect it. Any changes in design or manufacturing are fast and easy to manage and automatically flow to all related models, programs, drawings and documentation, thanks to intellectual property embedded early on in the design process.

    Lau concluded, “We have been in the CADCAM industry for 37 years and we have partnered with SOLIDWORKS since its inception in 1995. The partnership with TEGAS would strengthen our presence in Sarawak and enable us in reaching greater mass to cultivate innovative thinking and promote technology adoption to expedite product development.”

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  • 8 September 2017
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    [PRESS RELEASE] IME Seals Partnership with TEGAS

    8 Sep 2017
    Amnani Adnan
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    KUCHING, 28 August 2017 – IME Group of Companies, through its Entrepreneur Programme, is offering no-cost licenses to leading 3D design to help designers and engineers in ASEAN to succeed through innovation, starting with the Startup Community in Sarawak.

    Lauching in October this year, the Entrepreneur Programme is aimed at providing aid and support to makers and startups to create more designs that are on-par with existing products in the market.

    Considering the challenges that startups are facing in general – limited resources and access to advanced technologies, IME Group of Companies worked out an extension of its Entrepreneur Programme to East Malaysia, and will be working with local incubators to support startups by providing them access to a full suite of SOLIDWORKS applications and 3D printing technology, at no cost. Adoption of such technology at early stage of product development is expected to speed up the conventional product development process.

    Chairman and founder of IME Group of Companies, TK Teoh said IME Group of Companies has been partnering with various partners, ranging from associations like the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM), Federation of Malaysian Foundry & Engineering Industries Associations (FOMFEIA), Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC), Malaysia Automation Technology Association (MATA), to government agencies and education institutions such as SIRIM, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC) to conduct technology workshops, innovation programme, and makers’ workshop; and are delighted to partner with TEGAS today.

    “Our partnership with TEGAS is timely as it complements the Sarawak state’s government pledge to accelerate digital economy in the state and to catalyse industry players, academia and government collaboration. The collaboration offers not only the complete suite of designing to manufacturing solutions, including SOLIDWORKS (a widely-used solid modeling computer-aided design) licenses, workstations and 3D printers, of which worth up to USD1Mil or RM4.26million, to support the entrepreneur community in Sarawak, but also workshops and training that would benefit the makers and entrepreneurship ecosystem,” he added.

    The TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub (TDIH) – an initiative by the Sarawak State Government and Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak was officiated by the Chief Minister of Sarawak, The Right Honourable Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg.

    TDIH serves as a platform to nurture talents, support entrepreneurs, and create innovators for Sarawak. It offers startups the opportunity for expansion, ready access to high-speed broadband, funding and facilitation opportunities, entrepreneurial friendly ecosystem, talent development programmes, holistic convenience, and lifestyle experience.

    Chief Executive Officer of SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes Gian Paolo Bassi said the SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneur programme helps convert concepts from independent engineers and designers into innovative, successful small businesses.

    “The next generation of entrepreneur needs the proper business and product design and development tools to grow. The SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneurs programme demonstrates our commitment to helping engineers bring their innovations and design concepts to reality by providing SOLIDWORKS’ full suite of capabilities to easily design and manufacture products quickly, Bassi said.”

    Being the most widely used CAD(CAM) tool, SOLIDWORKS is a tool for users to design, conduct virtual simulation and virtual manufacturing before beginning production of a product. 3D printer complements this process and enables makers to digitally produce any product direct from their CAD file. With such technology, it allows makers to bring their ideas into life without conventional manufacturing constraints.

    Teoh concluded, “We have partnered with SOLIDWORKS since its inception in 1995, and we believe our collaboration with TEGAS will aspire to benefit the makers’ community in Sarawak, and in ASEAN.

    “Cultivating innovative thinking and interest in STEM among youngsters is a long process that requires commitment. However, we are confident our effort and resources will drive a new generation of innovators that can spur Malaysia’s industries growth in the long run, Teoh said.”

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