Bosch Malaysia Sdn Bhd is offering Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) technology and solutions to Malaysian companies and organizations in embracing and leveraging on digital technologies.
At the recently held event “100 Years of Bosch in Southeast Asia Experience Day” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bosch Malaysia Sdn Bhd announced its intention to further push Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and mobility products and technological solutions to Malaysian firms and companies to be in line with the country’s ambition to be a leader in future digital technologies.
To achieve Malaysia’s goal of becoming a digital technologies powerhouse, Bosch will also be upskilling its local workforce by providing all-inclusive hands-on training to further bolster Malaysia’s Industry 4.0 infrastructure.
Robert Bosch GmbH, or Bosch, is a Germany-based multinational engineering and technology company with headquarters in Gerlingen, near Stuttgart, Germany. The German company has had a presence in Malaysia since 1923 when they were represented by Robert Bosch Sdn Bhd, with offices in the states of Penang and Selangor. Bosch’s core businesses in Malaysia are in the sectors of industrial technology, consumer goods, mobility solutions and energy and building technology. They currently have three manufacturing plants that are all located in the state of Penang, which is regarded as the Silicon Valley of the East due to its vibrant industries. These plants produce car multimedia systems, power tools and automotive steering systems.
“With decades of manufacturing experience, our company is able to demonstrate the benefits of IoT and IR4.0 adoption in manufacturing plants around the world, including Malaysia,” said Bosch Malaysia managing director Simon Song.He also added that Bosch Malaysia has provided support to several Malaysian clientele in consulting and strategic planning for Industry 4.0 deployment programs.
Simon believes that with the current conditions in the Southeast Asia region whereby the demand for the adoption of IoT and Industry 4.0 technologies and solutions is reaching ever higher levels, Malaysia has the opportunity to be at the forefront of this digital technology evolution if its local companies and firms, especially the small and medium enterprises (SME), adopt and utilize IoT and Industry 4.0 solutions.
As an example, Simon Song has this to say about the three Bosch manufacturing plants in Malaysia: “Our manufacturing plants in Penang supply to global market which makes Malaysia the largest workforce in Southeast Asia with close to 5000 employees. The plants accelerate IR4.0 (Industry 4.0) via key in-house solutions such as Nexeed Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Platform for its production lines that are more flexible and efficient control.” He also added that Bosch Malaysia contributed close to US$130 million in sales towards Bosch’s total global sales of US$85 billion for the year 2018.
Bosch is keen on further increasing investment in Malaysia due to several favourable factors such as its well-developed infrastructure and flexible workforce. “Whenever we consider new expansion and investments, we always consider Malaysia as a priority,” said Simon, while further elaborating that plans on the idea are currently being worked out and will be announced at a later date.