Malaysian Technology Development Corporation: Programs to help SMEs go digital
Published on: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) is committed to helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) adapt to digitalization in line with current technological advancements. Its technology business manager, Mohammad Hazani Hassan, said various programs have been organized, such as Road2Growth which provides and business development opportunities for SMEs. He said SMEs that have been affected, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, have also been encouraged to participate in such programs.
“Many of these companies mainly use manual processes and are labor-intensive, which makes it difficult to enter the market. “Therefore, thanks to digitalization, the fourth industrial revolution 4.0 (IR4.0 ), we can develop (with technology) such as the Internet of Things and sensors to improve productivity in manufacturing and certain programs to reach the market faster,” he said in a press conference on the MTDC Road2Growth program in Medini on Monday. He said that Johor is the fourth destination of the MTDC Road2Growth program after Sabah, Sarawak and Penang. Mohammad Hazani said that this annual program focuses on technological and business development opportunities through partnerships with member companies of the MTDC ecosystem, with participants including SME entrepreneurs, graduates, researchers and startups. were exposed to the products and services of MTDC and its ecosystem members, as well as the opportunity to obtain detailed information on technology solutions from companies in the fields of robotics, automation, 3D printing, augmented reality and drone technology.
“Participants were also exposed to programs on adapting technology in their business. “Graduates participating in this program can benefit from adapting to IR4.0 and digitalization, as it will strengthen local talent and add value to the quality of learning in the future,” a- he declared. Participants also have the option of working with the 9 Pillars Center (Co9P) in a hybrid way, depending on the technology to be built. “With this network of hubs (Co9P), SME entrepreneurs have the opportunity to collaborate and extend their business network to improve existing solutions and technologies that can be adapted to their businesses,” he said. . MTDC, he added, is also looking for business partners to conduct programs with Co9P community members who have been established in Kuala Lumpur, Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu and Johor.
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