Monday, April 8, 2019

APO, iPlast sign MOU on digitisation in industry

The Asian Productivity Organisation (APO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with iPlast 4.0 Pte. Ltd. (iPlast) to strengthen its technical support to member countries through demonstration projects on digitisation in industries.
The MoU was signed by APO secretary-general Dr Santhi Kanoktanaporn and iPlast Principal Anston Tan on February 25. Under the MoU, the APO will collaborate with iPlast in enabling manufacturers to be more productive by establishing pilot projects on digitisation in the manufacturing sectors of APO member countries.
Sharing the reasons for concluding the agreement, secretary-general Dr Santhi said that the APO was committed to catalysing industrial upgrading in member countries, especially in response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “The APO has been supporting its member countries to build awareness and construct strategies for Industry 4.0 by sharing knowledge, experiences, good practices, and tools," he said, adding that this collaboration will reinforce APO's capability to provide technical assistance to the member countries to turn the shared knowledge into practical actions and results. "This partnership will facilitate the piloting of projects on digitisation in factories and demonstrate the benefits brought by IT and Internet of Things technologies."
“With this collaboration, we look forward to sharing our Industry 4.0 ecosystem and expertise in smart manufacturing with APO member economies, working with each to formulate and launch enabling frameworks according to local needs,” said iPlast Principal Anston Tan.
The APO conducts demonstration projects in member countries to develop model organisations that showcase good practices of productivity improvement with the support of technical experts and national productivity organisations and the commitment of the recipients. Through capacity building, recording of improvement processes, and dissemination of the results, such demonstration projects share success stories that others can learn from so that they can undertake similar improvements.

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