Vietnam moves toward smart manufacturing

15:14 | 21/07/2018 Science - Technology

(VEN) - The industry and trade sector has improved its readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution that has had increasingly widespread impacts on all sectors and fields.

vietnam moves toward smart manufacturing

Opportunities and challenges

As part of these efforts, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has coordinated with international organizations and agencies, such as the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the German Embassy in Vietnam, the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vietnam, UNDP Vietnam, the UPS Group (USA), and the Siemens Group (Germany), to organize workshops on Industry 4.0. These aim to improve public awareness and knowledge of opportunities and challenges created by this revolution. Industry 4.0 has also been added to the curricula of training organizations under the MoIT. Businesses have been provided with information and consultancy on technology application in production.

The MoIT is coordinating with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to survey business readiness for the era of Industry 4.0. The survey team uses methods, criteria and assessment tools developed by the German Engineering Federation’s IMPLUS Foundation, which have been adjusted for the actual conditions of Vietnamese businesses. The survey is being conducted among 15,000 companies operating in 17 sectors/fields managed by the MoIT, with the support of groups, corporations, industrial production associations and the industry and trade departments of cities and provinces. Its results will provide an important basis to amend development policies and propose priorities for specific sectors to help businesses make the most of opportunities presented by Industry 4.0.

Technology application

Promoting Industry 4.0 technology research and application to gradually build smart factories is a major part of the industry and trade sector’s restructuring plan and ministerial-level sci-tech programs. The MoIT is discussing related projects with some companies, research institutes and consulting organizations.

Specifically, in 2018 and 2019, a research project will be carried out to design and develop an online production supervision and management system at the Saigon-Hanoi Beer Corporation. The Rang Dong Light Source and Vacuum Flask Joint Stock Company will conduct research to build an ERP (enterprise resource planning) system to improve management in order to enhance quality, reliability and competitiveness of LED and electronic products for export to Europe and North America.

Groups and corporations managed by the MoIT have taken the initiative in getting ready for Industry 4.0. The Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group, Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group, and Electricity of Vietnam Group have cooperated with foreign partners that can provide them with Industry 4.0 technologies and solutions.

The MoIT is promoting the development of e-commerce, digital economy and Industry 4.0 technology application in

management in order to enhance its capability and efficiency.

Quynh Nga