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Industry 4.0 conference held

Released at: 13:32, 21/07/2017

Industry 4.0 conference held

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Positives and negatives discussed at the "Digital Enterprise - On the Way to Industry 4.0" conference in Hanoi on July 20.

by Linh San

“Industry 4.0 will create both opportunities and challenges for Vietnam,” a representative from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) told the “Digital Enterprise - On the Way to Industry 4.0” conference, held in Hanoi on July 20 by MoIT, the German Embassy in Vietnam, Siemens, and German Industry and Commerce Vietnam (GIC/AHK Vietnam). 

The prestigious event attracted more than a hundred delegates, including senior government policy and decision makers, business leaders, and specialists, to address the emerging challenges and opportunities generated by the trend towards digitalization with a view to supporting Vietnamese enterprises on the path to the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).

Participants heard from senior representatives from the Vietnamese Government and the business sector, while the latest news on technological solutions, which are already available to support Vietnamese enterprises on their way to Industry 4.0, was also passed on. 

There were also panel discussions and open dialogues with respected panelists from a mix of backgrounds, including MoIT, Siemens, the FPT Group, the Polyco Group, and the Hanoi Science and Technology University.

“Active approaches to state-of-the-art technologies and new development trends in the fourth industrial revolution have been strongly supported by the Vietnamese Government and clearly stated in Directive No.16/CT-TTg, which was issued by the Prime Minister on May 5, with regard to enhancing capacity building towards Industry 4.0,” the MoIT representative added. The involvement of authorities at all levels and particularly the business community is a prerequisite for Vietnam optimizing the opportunities generated by the revolution. Supporting enterprises in accessing information and data and in technology transfer as well as in transforming into digital enterprises will be one of the key priorities of MoIT in the time to come in executing Directive No.16. 

“Industry 4.0 has enormous potential to deliver on sustainable development,” said Mr. Martin Hoppe, First Counselor and Head of Economic Cooperation and Development at the German Embassy. “However, close cooperation and dialogue are needed nationally and internationally to ensure that we get the benefits but avoid the risks from digitalized and automated production. It is essential that in our deliberations we do not forget that people are the main actors, the main resource, and the one goal of any development.”

“Siemens terms the way to Industry 4.0 as the ‘Digital Enterprise’,” said President and CEO of Siemens Vietnam Mr. Thai-Lai Pham. “With the Digital Enterprise, Siemens offers solutions to address the specific requirements of the manufacturing and processing industry. These solutions combine the world of planning and operations to create an integral plant management concept covering the entire lifecycle of an industrial plant. The path to the Digital Enterprise is comprised of four core elements that logically build on one another. These four core elements are our software, our industrial communication networks, our security in automation, and our business-specific industrial services. Each of these core elements is comprised of a unique portfolio that prepares our customers for Industry 4.0. Hence, Vietnamese customers are not alone on the way to Industry 4.0. They can count on Siemens.”

According to Mr. Marko Walde, Chief Representative of AHK Vietnam and Chairman of GBA Vietnam, to take advantage of Industry 4.0, Vietnam needs to create motivation for enterprises, such as providing favorable conditions or laws so they are confident to join the revolution. Networking and technology transfer should be the optimal methods for Vietnamese companies on the path to Industry 4.0. 

As a result of Industry 4.0, in the future, billions of machines, systems, and sensors worldwide will communicate directly with each other and share information. Companies, especially those in the manufacturing and processing industries, can benefit from increased productivity, flexibility and shorter times to market, thereby increasing their competitiveness. Their customers can benefit from more personalized high-quality products. End users can order their very own merchandise tailored to their needs.

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