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VME17 Boldly Proposed to Start Approach towards Industry 4.0

Posted: Friday, March 31, 2017

Reed Tradex Ltd, Co. on March 23 hosted a press conference in Hanoi to unveil its schedule and activities of unique exhibition platform "Vietnam Manufacturing Expo (VME) 2017" exploring the latest innovations, trends, and applications in the rapidly changing manufacturing industry.

This year, the organizer has increasingly cooperated with local associations such as Vietnamese Association of Mechanical Industry (VAMI) and Vietnam-German Technology Transfer and Training Center (HwC). All the parties have a common mission to create the first moves for Vietnam industry on the road to "Industry 4.0", and gradually step in to global standard.

From 26 – 28 April, 2017, the 'heart' of machinery and technology for manufacturing industry will be demonstrating at Hanoi International Center For Exhibition (I.C.E., Hanoi) through the 9th edition of "Vietnam Manufacturing Expo (VME) 2017". As an extension of the manufacturing industry also, “Vietnam Sheet Metal” and “Industrial Components & Subcontracting Vietnam” will be held in conjunction with VME17. This exhibition ‘trio’ managed to attract over 200 leading brands, from 20 countries and covered 5 international pavilions from Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan.

At the press conference, Mr. Isara Burintramart, Managing Director of Reed Tradex – the organizer of "Vietnam Manufacturing Expo (VME) 2017", underlined the increased dynamism of the Vietnam’s industry: “Vietnam’s manufacturing has been moving away from the traditional portfolio into higher value-added products. We have seen growth and changes in industries we serve throughout the past ten years, and the changes and the growth will certainly continue, especially now that we are all living in the digital age and are moving towards the “Industry 4.0” era.”

Organizers have proposed and boldly introduced the concept of "Industry 4.0" into the exhibition. Industry 4.0 is the 4th industrial revolution after the 3 earlier waves starting from mechanization with the power of steam, mass production with electric motors and automation with computers. Also called “smart factory”, it is an area of investment on top of the priority list for business leaders. It is an efficient and impactful orchestration of emerging technologies from Internet of Things to the cloud, analytics, robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence.

Mr. Isara Burintramart shared the report from PricewaterhouseCoopers that, with Industry 4.0 projects, companies expect to reduce operational costs by 3.6% per year while increasing efficiency by 4.1%, annually. Mr. Isara added more “To be realistic, Vietnam’s present manufacturing level is either at Industry 2.0 or Industry 3.0 stage and still rely on low-skill jobs to drive the industry, caused that have missed earlier technology waves due to lack of awareness, demand, skills, infrastructure or funding. But besides of all, there are many other drivers that will assist manufacturers in becoming players in the 4.0 era. Among the drivers such as government, data analytics, and economic driver, is human resource.”

Vietnamese people are already growing more digital. Isara Burintramart referred to the report from We Are Social, a global agency that compiles digital statistics which is mentioned that in 2016, 3 million more people in Vietnam gained access to the Internet, totaling 50.05 million people or 53% of the population. This accounts for 6% growth. There is a 31% rise in the number of social media users and 41% increase in mobile social users. “I believe that Vietnam’s human resource is ready to learn and step into the Industry 4.0 era. The best way to approach the 4.0 revolution is to do it in small steps; starting with a strategy, a pilot project, and so on. A journey has to start somewhere”, Mr. Isara stressed.

This year, VME will return with a focus on presenting the state-of-the-art technologies with high application, and particularly focus on metrology and assembly automation which is a part of Industry 4.0's step forward. The leading providers of the industry such as Hexagon, Nikon, Scantech, Wenzel, Misumi, Keyence, Tsubaki, and Ulvac will show off their manufacturing intelligence solutions on the show floor.

In addition to the technology, the organizer Reed Tradex are partnering with local associations to prepare the content, activities, and education program that will inspire and enhance knowledge & industry networks.

As the co-partner for VME17 Forum, Chairman of Vietnam Association of Mechanical Industry, Mr. Nguyen Van Thu shared “The feasibility of "Industry 4.0" should start with even small and simple steps but need to be implemented immediately. Most importantly, it is investing in human resources. Then manufacturers should boldly innovate technology. And there can't be lacked of tight cooperation to maximize the efficiency of each other, avoid overlapping investment.”

Mr. Nguyen Van Thu gave example of the comprehensive business plan of Truong Hai Auto Corporation (THACO) in constructing Chu Lai - Truong Hai Automobile Mechanical Industrial Zone, which will be put into operation in 2018. The company expands investment in laser welding technology and the latest paint technology, with expected annual capacity of 100,000 cars; 100,000 trucks; 5,000 buses. This forcible plan comes with a solution to connect domestic component manufacturers, increase the localization rate and develop Chu Lai becoming a diversified mechanical center in Central Vietnam.

At VME17, VAMI will co-ordinate with Reed Tradex to organize VME17 Forum on the topic of "New technological applications in manufacturing mechanical products". This workshop will bring together about 100 mechanics enterprises with specialized lectures on mechanical engineering, application of new equipment and technologies to renovate and improve the manufacturing capability of the domestic mechanical engineering industry.

At the press conference, Mr. Le Khanh Tuong, Deputy Director of Vietnam – German Technology Transfer and Training Center (HwC) stressed the important of catching up the international standard “A quality management system with qualified labors will contribute to improve productivity, quality and product safety, in which can meet the regulations of ordering countries, at the same time increasing the competitiveness, overcoming the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and meeting international standards.”

To pave the way for higher demand in welding and fabrication skills, “Welding Competition” which is co-organized in cooperation between Reed Tradex and HwC, is the program developed basing on qualification criteria, as well as quality improvement on international standards, especially welding technology - a key technology that forms many industrial products. The competition consists of theory and practice exams, will encourage welders to see the importance of upgrading and improving their skills, which will, in turn, help manufacturers improve their competitiveness.

The organizer also revealed information about the program "Koma Taisen in Hanoi 2017". The renowned competition is returning to Hanoi for the second time. Precision and excellence in metalworking will be put to the test as manufacturers will use CNC machines in their factories to create metal spin tops whose diameter is 20 millimeters or less and compete in the competition.

Exhibitors and visitors can find news and regularly updated details about the event on the show website at: http://www.vietnammanufacturingexpo.com


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