KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) will establish a three dimensional (3D) printing centre at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) by this year to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) wanting to create 3D models of their products.
Chief executive officer Datuk Norhalim Yunus said the centre, part of its Centre of 9 Pillar (CO9P) industry 4.0 hub, will be a commercial facility for SMEs to further develop and support the technology ecosystem.
"We are now collaborating with two local companies to develop the said 3D printing centre.
"This initiative is in line with the Industry 4.0 Blueprint or Industry4WRD launched last October to drive the digital transformation in the related manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia," he told a press conference after his delivering his speech at the Road2Growth 2019 tour here, today.
In respect of the MTDC’s commitment to grow local entrepreneurs to be Industry 4.0 (I4.0) ready, Norhalim said on-going collaboration with local universities and industry players was crucial, as it aimed for local entrepreneurs to adopt technologies developed by the research and development (R&D) of local institutions.
"We also have many local technology companies who have been exporting their products and services.
"Therefore, we want to continue to expose these technology companies and universities, to show our support for homegrown technologies that are equally good and for SMEs to no longer need to look for foreign technology providers to solve their problems," said Norhalim.
Earlier, he said the Road2Growth 2019 concluded its tour here after Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuantan, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, which saw 1,700 participants, with half being university students and academia.
"We want to create a collaborative economy in this ecosystem because one cannot move forward without the support of others.
"Therefore, we hope SMEs sees us as not just funders, but also on finding the right partner, technology, infrastructure and training solutions for them," he added.
The annual programme, which is free, provides a platform for entrepreneurs and academia who are seeking funding for commercialisation of indigenous technology and innovation of MTDC's incubator facilities and training programmes.