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Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:20

Peserta Program “DEEP” Lancar Pusat 3S Baharu

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Pusat 3S (Sales, Service, Spare Parts) Perodua serba baharu telah dibuka secara rasmi di Saujana Utama, Sungai Buloh pada 19 Januari 2018, menyediakan keperluan jualan, perkhidmatan dan alat ganti bagi pengguna Perodua di kawasan ini.

Pusat 3S ini dibuka di kawasan seluas 45,000 kaki persegi, milik Yusmanida Auto Sdn. Bhd., wakil pengedar rasmi Perodua, yang dimiliki Encik Sarizal Yusman bin Yusoff.

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Pusat 3S Perodua terbaharu ini dilancarkan Timbalan Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Haji Ahmad Maslan.

Pusat servis ini dikendalikan oleh 65 kakitangan, yang terdiri daripada 30 penasihat jualan dan 12 penasihat servis.

Pusat 3S Perodua Yusmanida Auto mampu menyenggara enam unit kenderaan serentak, sekali gus meminimumkan masa menunggu bagi pelanggan. Pelanggan-pelanggan juga boleh berehat di ruang menunggu yang tersedia dimana ia mengandungi tiga unit televisyen, perpustakaan, tempat mainan kanak-kanak dan tempat makanan serta minuman.

“Yusmanida Auto telah menjadi wakil jualan sah Perodua sejak 2003 yang mana sebelum ini mengendalikan cawangan jualan yang terletak di Jalan Meru, Klang,” kata Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Perodua, Datuk (Dr) Aminar Rashid Salleh.

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Encik Sarizal merupakan salah satu peserta program “Dealers Entrepreneurship Enhancement Program” (DEEP), sebuah program yang distruktur khas oleh Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI). Program tersebut dirangkum bagi meningkatkan kecekapan dan keupayaan pengedar kereta di dalam negara.

“Program DEEP ini bukan sahaja meningkatkan tahap kemahiran saya tetapi telah juga telah menolong saya memperbaiki kemahiran insaniah saya,” kata Sarizal.

Beliau juga berkata program tersebut telah membantu dirinya keluar dari zon selesa untuk mengharungi cabaran supaya dapat meningkatkan potensi beliau untuk mencapai tahap yang lebih ulung.

 “MAI adalah pencetus idea, legasi bangsa dan seharusnya menjadi mentor yang wajib kepada setiap usahawan bumiputera yang berkencimpung dalam dunia automotif,”, ujarnya lagi.

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Perodua kini mempunyai 186 cawangan jualan dan 183 cawangan servis serta 24 cawangan ‘Body & Paint’ di seluruh Malaysia.

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Turut hadir, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MAI, Datuk Madani Sahari, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Jeram, Datuk Amiruddin Setro, dan Pengarah Urusan Perodua Sales Sdn. Bhd., Datuk Dr. Zahari Husin.

BMW Group Malaysia (BGM) perkenalkan BMW 530e Sport pertama dengan Teknologi eDrive yang menjadikan sedan mewah saiz pertengahan itu model kelima dalam barisan BMW iPerformance di Malaysia.  

BMW 530e Sport serba baharu menawarkan jarak pemanduan elektrik sepenuhnya sehingga 48km dengan pecutan maksimum mencecah 140km/j – terbaik dalam kelasnya dengan menggunakan bahan api sekitar 2.01/100km dan emisi CO2 yang rendah iaitu 46g/km

Pemanduan eDrive menawarkan  tiga pilihan mod: AUTO eDrive, MAX eDrive dan BATTERY CONTROL.
• AUTO eDrive – Menggabungkan kuasa enjin pembakaran dan motor elektrik, membolehkan kereta dipandu sejauh 80km menggunakan mod elektrik sepenuhnya.
• MAX eDrive - Bergantung sepenuhnya kepada kuasa elektrik yang mampu mencapai kelajuan maksimum 140kmj.
• BATTERY CONTROL - membolehkan pemandu menggunakan bateri voltan tinggi secara manual dengan menetapkan tahap caj untuk digunakan pada pemanduan elektrik sepenuhnya.

55% model keseluruhan BMW di Malaysia ialah kenderaan hybrid dengan teknologi eDrive, BMW Group Malaysia terus komited ke atas rancangan Malaysia – (NAP2014) untuk mengurangkan kepadatan karbon sebanyak 40% menjelang tahun 2020 yang diumumkan pada tahun 2014.

“Strategi utama Malaysia untuk melangkah ke arah mobiliti rendah karbon adalah menerusi kerjasama antara industri secara menyeluruh. Semua ini akan meningkatkan keyakinan pengguna ke atas kewujudan kenderaan eletrik dan plug –in-hybrid.

Pada masa yang sama, GreenTech Malaysia akan terus menambah jumlah stesen pengecasan ChargeEV di seluruh negeri.” Ujar Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif, Kumpulan Malaysian Green Technology Corporation, Dr. Mohd Azman Zainul Abidin.

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BMW 5 Series ini dilengkapi dengan teknologi keselamatan seperti Park Assist, Lane Change Warning, Blind Spot Monitor dan BMW ConnectedDrive.

BMW 530e Sport baharu dikuasakan oleh enjin petrol empat silinder sebaris BMW TwinPower Turbo berseseran 2.0 liter yang mampu menjana kuasa sehingga 184hp dan tork 320Nm.

BMW 530e Sport berharga RM 343, 800.00.

* Harga atas jalan, tanpa insurans

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Malaysia Autoshow 2018 is back - 26th to 29th April with the theme of “360° Mobility Experience” 

The date of Malaysia Autoshow 2018 has been officially announced by the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed. This year, the Malaysia Autoshow will be taking place from 26th to 29th April 2018 at Malaysia Agro Expo Park Serdang (MAEPS). The theme Malaysia Autoshow 2018 is “360° Mobility Experience”. The event will feature a deeper experiential immersion for visitors in the areas of intelligent mobility and transportation systems.

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Dato’ Madani also explained, “Another key feature of the Malaysia Autoshow 2018 is the Intelligent Mobility experience (iMEX) arena. This space will demonstrate the aspects of connectivity within the larger context of mobility.” The visitors can experience the enhanced features of vehicles virtually through the application of augmented reality, such as the integration of virtual objects with the real environment.” 

“This year, we aim to attract 350,000 visitors, a significant increase of the 252,322 we saw in attendance at the Malaysia Autoshow 2017” added by Datuk Phang Ah Thong, Chairman of MAI.

“We believe that the additions lined up for visitors at this year’s Autoshow will further increase public participation and awareness of the importance of the automotive industry to the country”, he said.

The Malaysian automotive industry demonstrated continuous holistic growth going into 2018, as the nation takes a detailed look at NAP2014’s fourth annual report card since the policy was announced in January 2014.

Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamad briefed members of the media, fund managers, research houses, government officials and academics on a wide array of performance indicators of automotive industry growth at the Updates on the Automotive Industry 2017 and Outlook in 2018, held in Menara MITI, Kuala Lumpur today.

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Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) penetration increased for its fourth straight year, reaching 52 percent of vehicles sold in Malaysia in 2017. This figure surpassed the 50 percent target of EEV penetration set by the government last year. EEV production also increased from 247,912 to 308,807 in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

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“This continuous growth is a signal of growing awareness for EEVs within the Malaysian automotive sphere. The acceptance and awareness of energy efficiency is not a function for a single ministry, but signals the support and participation of all government institutions, automotive OEMs and vendors, as well as the public at large”, said Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamad.

Exports of automotive parts and components also is expected to see an increase in 2017, as the industry recorded total export value of RM9.3 billion as at October 2017. The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) expects this figure to surpass the RM12 billion mark for 2017, higher that 2016 value of RM11.2 billion. In 2018, RM 12.5 billion is targeted for the exports of parts and components.

As at December 2017, localisation activities was valued at RM43.67 billion, with RM15 billion committed by the industry from 2018 to 2022.

At the same time, exports of remanufactured parts and components recorded an increase to RM516.4 million as at November 2017, surpassing the RM510 million set in December 2016.

Dato’ Sri Mustapa further elaborated that the vastness of the industry requires a holistic outlook, as high value employment and business opportunities create significant impacts for Malaysians, which are often overlooked in favour of singular indexes, such as sales and production values.

RM3.99 billion in investments commitment was pledged by the industry between 2018 to 2022, in addition to the RM7.6 billion worth of investments realised as at 2017.

Since the NAP2014 was announced, 27,125 new jobs were created as at Dec 2017, a 4.93 percent increase from the 25,850 recorded in 2016. Furthermore, 31 percent of the jobs created thus far comprise skilled and highly skilled employment – comprising technicians, executives, engineers and designers. This signifies the increasing perception that the automotive industry is a sector of career choice for school leavers and graduates, with 29,641 new jobs expected to be created in 2018.

 

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Dato’ Sri Mustapa further added, “The growth of the automotive industry has created new career opportunities for Malaysians. Certified human capital programmes have been developed by the MAI since 2014, not only to allow faster penetration of skills into the industry, but at the same time address the pertinent issue of foreign worker replacement among industry players.”

Numerous MAI programmes have also contributed to significant increase in business productivity and growth. Vendor development programmes, such as the MAI Lean Production System (LPS) and Automotive Supplier Excellence Programme (ASEP) have created 522 vendors of at least Level 3 Vendor Capability Level, with 27 achieving Level 5 (vendor with R&D capability).

Furthermore, 34 vendors are already participating in the MAI Industry 4.0 Developmental program. So far, the program has produced 759 Virtual Reality (VR) specialists and 675 design & data analysts. In addition, 2 design centres have been established, where vendors and OEMs are currently utilising.

MAI Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Madani Sahari said, “In line with the government’s vision to increase Industry 4.0 compliance among the domestic industry, MITI and MAI have taken the early initiative to develop the various programmes to elevate the capabilities of vendors and automotive talent in line with global trends and technology of higher complexity.”

“As at December 2017, we have implemented 8 out of 9 of the MAI Industry 4.0 pillars, and expect to complete the implementation by 2018”, he added.

Dato’ Sri Mustapa also elaborated on the participation of Bumiputeras in the after sales sector. In 2017, 976 workshops underwent business transformation programmes towards higher competitiveness levels.

He finally added that the government expects to see higher achievements in 2018, especially in line with future global trends in the sector, including electric and hybrid vehicle growth.

With the National Automotive Policy review expected to be announced in the middle of 2018, Dato’ Sri Mustapa further spoke on the government’s attention to trend developments beyond Energy Efficient Vehicles – such as intelligent mobility, transport systems, vehicle security and green cars technology.

The event also saw the official announcement of the Malaysia Autoshow 2018 dates, officiated by the Minister of International Trade and Industry. This year, the Malaysia Autoshow will be held from 26th to 29th April 2018 – and for the second year running, will be held in the Malaysia Agro Expo Park Serdang (MAEPS).

The theme for this year’s edition of the autoshow is “360° Mobility Experience”. The 2018 Autoshow will feature a deeper experiential immersion for visitors in the areas of intelligent mobility and transportation systems.

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Dato’ Madani also explained, “Another key feature of the Malaysia Autoshow 2018 is the Intelligent Mobility experience (iMEX) arena. This space will demonstrate the aspects of connectivity within the larger context of mobility.” The visitors can experience the enhanced features of vehicles virtually through the application of augmented reality, such as the integration of virtual objects with the real environment, he elaborated.

MAI Chairman, Datuk Phang Ah Thong added, “This year, we aim to attract 350,000 visitors, a significant increase of the 252,322 we saw in attendance at the Malaysia Autoshow 2017.”

“We believe that the additions lined up for visitors at this year’s Autoshow will further increase public participation and awareness of the importance of the automotive industry to the country”, he added.

Monday, 22 January 2018 02:36

Lean Organisation Important for Industry 4.0 Compliance

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Lean manufacturing has proved to optimise production costs and productivity by reducing wastage throughout all value chains within the factory ecosystem. As the nation gears for implementation of Industry 4.0, Lean programmes within business organisations become more important to achieve global competitiveness, as the fourth industrial revolution demands higher productivity.

To enhance the competitiveness and productivity of automotive vendors, MAI introduced two flagship programmes in line with the National Automotive Policy 2014, The Automotive Supplier Excellence Program (ASEP) and the MAI-Lean Production System (LPS) programme.

“MAI has worked closely with Proton, Perodua and local vendors to align themselves to our enhancement programs. Any improvements made will be translated back to their business plan,” said the CEO of MAI, Dato’ Madani Sahari during his speech in the Lean-Kaizen Conference 2018 which was held in Le Méridien Hotel, Putrajaya on the 16th of January.

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Dato’ Madani further stated that the two-way communication between the vendors and the manufacturers boosted productivity levels of both parties, benefiting not only the large number of vendors that were participating in the program but also the consumers, due to the increase in output of products.

 “The LPS system is implemented to increase the competitiveness of the automotive industry by improving the fundamentals of the manufacturing process within the automotive field in Malaysia.”

For further information on MAI programmes, click here.

Pengurusan perniagaan perlu meliputi aspek-aspek kewangan seperti aliran tunai (cash flow), kawalan kredit, pengurusan stok, kawalan kos dan pengurusan akaun.

Workshop Transformation Program (WTP) anjuran MAI, dirangka khas bagi pengusaha bengkel kenderaan serta meningkatkan keupayaan dan memajukan perniagaan anda!
WTP adalah program bimbingan perniagaan selama 9 bulan menggunakan kaedah ‘one-to-one coaching’, dengan memberi fokus kepada lima aspek pengurusan perniagaan seperti berikut:

1.Pengurusan Akaun
2.Pengurusan Pekerja
3. Pengurusan Jualan
4. Pengurusan Pemasaran 
5. Pengurusan Tabiat Keusahawanan.

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Apa yang dapat anda perolehi daripada Program WTP?


a) Peluang peningkatan jualan syarikat
b) Peluang meningkatkan keuntungan perniagaan
c) Peserta akan diberi keutamaan untuk segala program MAI yang berkaitan dengan bengkel kenderaan
d) Mendapat pengiktirafan daripada MAI
e) Peserta akan disalurkan atau dipertemukan dengan agensi-agensi kewangan untuk pembiayaan perniagaan yang diperlukan oleh peserta.

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In early last year, the government began the formulation of a national Industry 4.0 framework to take Malaysia to the next level of competitiveness as we brave through the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).

The International Trade and Industry Ministry, the Science, Technology & Innovation Ministry and the Higher Education Ministry were tasked by the Cabinet to lead this initiative.

The framework will focus on greater compliance to Industry 4.0 within numerous cross-ministerial functions, from education, healthcare, manufacturing to downstream services, such as marketing and sales.

The manufacturing sector, which currently ranges between 2.0 (mass production) and 3.0 (automation) levels of compliance, is expected to go through a large scale transformation.

As the electrical and electronics, aerospace and automotive sectors have seen a higher level of Industry 4.0 advancement, these segments receive tremendous focus and support to spur lower tier businesses towards Industry 4.0 compliance, through a higher degree of business and job opportunities in high value economic activity.

The last two brainstorm sessions between International Trade and Industry Ministry and its nine agencies have focused specifically in the acceleration of the Malaysian industry towards future global trends.

These organisations, working in complete unison, focus on the different aspects of business development - covering capacity development, funding, export promotion, and specific sectoral needs for the automotive, aerospace and raw industry materials.

As at last year, the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) has implemented eight out of nine Industry 4.0 pillars that enhance the economic fundamentals for the automotive industry players.

These pillars include incubation and facilitation of businesses in highly demanding technology areas, such as smart manufacturing execution, digital engineering, big data management, additive manufacturing, cloud computing and cybersecurity.

The MAI Resource Center and the MAI Design Center are two important centers to the implementation mentioned, along with the intitute's headquarters in Cyberjaya.

It is important to understand that such economic and industrial fundamentals were not a product of short term milestones, but decades of continued socio-economic stability enjoyed by Malaysians.

As a nation that only 60 years of independence, we have enjoyed the peace of mind to focus on what lies ahead of us - granted through developmental economic policy, intellectual diversity, balanced resource management and long-term political stability.

In the inevitable future of globalised connectivity and borderless commerce, we can no longer afford to be sidetracked by issues that are counterproductive to the task we have ahead.

Many of the advanced nations we see today achieved their status more than a century before we even achieved our independence. Therefore, we need to move at a faster pace as a nation that is developing in the shadows of those with tremendous advantage over us.

It is easy and often pleasing to delve into issues that are sensational in nature. While the government plays a central role in the formation of the nation's industrialisation policies, the country will not achieve advanced status without societal focus and support in a politically mature fashion.

In the pursuit of fair administration, we must listen to all views and not only to those we prefer to hear. However, criticism must be free of sensationalism and rhetoric. They must be critically factual, fairly analysed and communicated truthfully.

For a democratically progressive society to move forward, each of us has a right to question and representation, but we also have the obligation to listen and analyse without pre-conceived bias. Let us not condescend merit that has been masked by sensationalist cynicism and populist rhetoric. Long term progress, especially in Industry 4.0 must start with a revolution of mind and maturity.

A quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: "Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people".

The writer is the chief executive officer of Malaysia Automotive Institute.

Last week, we received good news that was long overdue - the US dollar went below the RM4 mark for the first time since August 2016 while Bursa Malaysia's benchmark index FBM KLCI closed above the key psychological level of 1,800 points for the first time in the last three years. Exports in November also rose to a monthly high of RM83.5 billion, a 14.4 per cent rise from last year.

Before we start saying these are merely indicators, here's a thought. When the US dollar appreciated against the ringgit back in early 2015, we all started bracing for negative impacts. We planned scenarios, discussed business model adjustments, negotiated costs and forecast consumer sentiment - and they were all based on indicators.

If we can plan for tough times, the inverse must take place to plan for good times. Recent indications have shown that the worst is over and as a nation, it is very important to shed our pessimism and plan for new opportunities. Business models and operation structures will have the breathing space to implement bold and innovative moves aimed at creating or at least adapting to disruption.

My previous piece touched on the redefinition of mobility. This week, allow me to delve on this subject matter on a wider scope.

As mentioned, mobility will become and all-encompassing sector on its own, with the automotive industry evolving into the grander mobility sector. It would merge our daily activitiesinto solutions that are integrated into our daily transportation needs.

Lean practitioners have long argued that transportation does not add value between processes. When a work-in-progress part moves between two machines, the movement in itself adds little to the value addition of the product and is a waste that needs to be addressed.

When taken into the context of mobility, the thinking changes. Instead of removing transportation - which is rather impossible - value is instead integrated into transportation, bearing the new concept of mobility. There will be a holistic degree of connectivity beyond transport vehicles - health services, education, traffic management, commerce, emergency services and many others will be part and parcel of transportation and vice-versa.

Sectors such as construction, education, automotive and energy will look indistinguishable from each other as their interdependence will be much higher as segmentation would be harder to manage without coherent policy harmonisation.

Most of all, the blue ocean of business opportunities would become more open than ever, bearing new industries that could not possibly have been imagined before. As car - and bicycle - sharing would increase, logistical outsourcing becomes big business potential.

Health services that were traditionally in the domain of medical facilities would depend on emergency assistance, which is cloud-base. Energy generation may evolve into a home-based business. These are just the tip of iceberg of possibilities of the life-changing experiences.

Therefore, in the year that indicates a return to "business as usual", let's not just take relief from usual business. Let us invest more time, effort and resources to the rethinking of our industry. The investment must also be positive and bold, with the confidence of good times ahead.

There was a time when confidence in the automotive industry was at a low point. In the last three years, we proved that we were much bigger and more resilient than what was perceived. This year, that resilience is now our foundation - and that to make it to the top, bold steps must be taken when opportunities arise.

Just look at Steve Jobs, Ellon Musk or Bill Gates - they never tell stories of failure. They tell stories of how they rejected failure, and only saw opportunity. That is the strongest weapon of all - staying positive.

The writer is the chief executive officer of Malaysia Automotive Institute

If we look through the largest automotive and technology exhibitions in the world last year, trends clearly indicate that the automotive industry is slowly evolving into a subset of the grander notion of mobility.

Mobility can be a hazy construct. While it used to define the mode of transport from one point to another, global technology and lifestyle trends are converging to redefine the very meaning of the world.

While there may be many versions of this future, one thing is certain - mobility will change in its meaning, and the automotive industry is among the main enablers of this evolution.

These trends emerged as we began moving into the fourth industrial revolution.

Connectivity is now deep rooted in the devices we depend on - the mobile phone for example, has converged hundreds of separate devices into the palm of our hands - technology that as trends show, are moving into all appliances, including our vehicles.

This will cause our lifestyles to be integrated into our transport modes as much as it is integrated into our homes.

What we define as our current destinations will then become part of our journeys.

Imagine a world where a patient in need of dialysis no longer goes to the hospital for treatment, but the treatment hardware is part of his journey to a holiday destination.

The automotive industry is evolving into the mobility industry, and the supply chain will evolve beyond vehicle parts and components.

There will be broader demands for business and jobs - one that look at higher value manufacturing, and also those that supply the connective services of this integrated, smart transportation grid.

While this idea may seem further than we can foresee, these are the core ideas being discussed by analysts, industrialists and regulators today - and for that matter, have become key highlights of the technology news dominating our information space.

With that said, the government has already initiated our nation's realignment.

To progress in the new technological world order, we've started thinking along a converged line. On a general level, the National Transformation 2050 programme (TN50) is placing its blueprint to envision a Malaysia that is in line with global trends for the next three decades.

As mobility and infrastructure will converge in the future, so must the ministries in the Malaysian government. In May last year, the cabinet tasked the International Trade and Industry Ministry, Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry and Higher Education Ministry to lead the formulation of a national policy framework on Industry 4.0, addressing the overarching need for digital infrastructures, human capital development, technology standards, funding and small and medium enterprise development.

National budgets have, for some time now, allocated funding for the development of Malaysia digital economy, such as the Digital Free Trade Zone (DTFZ).

The Malaysia Automotive Institute has embarked on programmes to enhance the capabilities of manufacturers and individual talents to work towards such an alignment with global trends.

However, national strategies must come with societal mobilisation - something possible only through connectivity of administrative policy with social mind-set.

We all have a part to play to bring the Malaysian economy to greater heights.

After all, national development is an inevitable responsibility of all Malaysias. It transcends cultural backgrounds, economic standing or political position. It is an agenda that all Malaysians should strive to fulfil.

To kick off the new year, let us commit to having meaningful discussions, ideas and dialogue that bring progress.

The policies, frameworks and implementation structures have been put in place - we are always ready to listen, guide and collaborate will all industry stakeholders towards achieving global competitiveness and upward social mobility.

Happy New Year!

The writer is the chief executive officer of Malaysia Automotive Institute.

In January last year, the world met to discuss the future as seen through the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. In July last year, we started discussing its impact, and most importantly, its adaptation within the domestic industry.

In all fairness, nobody expected much after the subdued end to 2016. We celebrated the coming of 2017 with a reduction in vehicle sales, and many argued that we were in crisis mode.

However, we said in January that the automotive industry had developed, a higher level of resilience.

On the national front, we realised that economic uncertainty is no longer an excuse to dismiss strong foundations. Economic policies and budget implementations were designed to allow for greater economic resilience.

It may not have been the most popular way forward, but tax and incentive structures worked towards increasing our value on the global stage. We refused to handout fish but helped people to fish effectively.

This year was that year where we walked the talk and as an industry, continued the implementation towards a new era of global competitiveness.

Despite the economic uncertainty which had been looming since early 2015, exports of automotive parts and components are expected to hover closer to the RM12 billion mark by the end of this year, more than double the RM4.7 billion in 2014.

Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) penetration rate rose to 42.3 percent as at last month from 14.1 per cent in 2014. It is expected to surpass the 50 per cent mark by the end of the year, reflecting the growing support for energy efficient mobility.

Vendor Productivity also rose tremendously. In 2014, 315 automotive vendors were ranked at Level 3 or higher, with these figures expected to almost double by the time we hit 2018.

Taking things to a broader level, the progress seen in this year is a reflection of our national economic performance. The World Bank revised Malaysia's gross development product growth forecast for this year to 5.2 per cent, as stronger investments and private-sector expenditure increased - a reflection of strong economic foundations through solid economic policies.

The domestic economy was a key force in economic growth this year, with an average growth of seven per cent in the first half of the year. A clear sign of renewed consumer confidence of a recovering economy.

There is a saying, "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted, counts". The economic figures mentioned above are important. They are indications of the results we have sowed.

For me, our bigger achievement goes beyond the figures we recorded. Year on year, we strive to improve on our past by looking towards our plans for the future. That often means questioning our current practices, despite how uncomfortable change may be. After all, success always tastes better when it is difficult and challenging to realise.

We chose to be competitive and we decided to achieve it outside our norms. We took bold steps towards our goals.

Despite heated debate, we finalised the strategic partnership between Proton and Geely. Admittedly, our nostalgic fondness of holding on made it a bittersweet milestone. However, we knew that to achieve global competitiveness, we needed to compete as a global player.

So far, we are seeing positive response from consumers and dealers in the brand. It will forever remain a Malaysian brand, built by Malaysian talent with the support of a global partner. There is absolutely no harm in learning from a more experienced teammate.

A key feature of this column was social upward mobility. We have always believed in living within our means, and to reach higher level means to increase the value of the "means". This means moving from the labour commodity thinking to making innovation our commodity of trade.

With tremendous support from the industry and government, we developed more career advancement and business enhancement opportunities. Through our Industry 4.0 implementation, more vendors will have access to advanced product and process design capabilities, and will create more high value jobs for Malaysians.

As we approach the end of 2017, I hope we breach 2018 with renewed spirit and re-engineered thinking. Creativity and innovation should be what defines our great nation, and we compete on our own grounds, with capability developed from within.

The key to not to run away from problems, but face them head on. Remember, one man's problem is another man's business or job opportunity. We are all here to solve the problems of others.

Next year, or the year following this one, will come with its own set of challenges.

Life is a gift for those who appreciate the challenges it brings - take them in with solutions that are fair, factual, innovative, and most importantly, elevate the value of our work in the eyes of our fellow countrymen, society and our Creator.

I wish all of you a happy 2018. May the resilience we have shown bring us closer to our goals in achieving global competitiveness.

The writer is the chief executive officer of Malaysia Automotive Institute.

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