Academia-Govt-Industry launches Empower Malaysia to power supply chain automation with AI

  • Operationalize the U.S.-Asia Semiconductor Supply Chain Memorandum of Cooperation
  • Industry-university link to train 30,000 Malaysians in supply chain automation

In the presence of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Microsoft Malaysia, Silicon Valley-based Seeloz Inc signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Center for Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) to launch Empower Malaysia, an initiative to build resilience within key value chains in Malaysia through AI-powered supply chain automation.

The initiative is fully supported by MIDA in collaboration with the American-Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCham) and leading academic institutions in Malaysia, including Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), University of Malaya (UM), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and University Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering (UniMY).

Empower Malaysia will be built around two key objectives:

  1. Develop 30,000 Malaysian talents in AI and AI-powered supply chain automation.
  2. Build the resilience of key value chains within the Malaysian economy through AI-powered supply chain automation. This covers both domestic infrastructure value chains such as energy and utilities and key manufacturing sectors in Malaysia including automotive, electrical and electronics (E&E), palm oil , medical devices and medical supplies.

“Empower Malaysia is a definitive step forward for Malaysian manufacturers, introducing a comprehensive platform that leads supply chain transformation without neglecting the need for a wave of aggressive talent development support,” said Jaffri Ibrahim, CEO of CREST. “In line with our aspirations under the Digital Economy Blueprint and Malaysia’s AIRmap, we hope to further propel collaboration between participating technology providers and academic institutes to gradually localize this technology and reach a level where our industries and manufacturing companies are being transformed towards success in both the regional and global economy through technologies primarily developed by Malaysian talent.

Aimed at enabling Malaysia to leapfrog regional competition, Empower Malaysia will revamp the country’s ability to attract previously untapped foreign direct investment in manufacturing.

“Malaysia is well positioned to become one of the world’s leading manufacturing hubs. In a post-pandemic world where global value chains are being redefined to optimize the ability of multinational and regional manufacturers to cope with soaring logistics costs and supply chain disruptions, we are proud to partner to the Malaysian government and key stakeholders from both sectors. and academia to position the country as a regional hub for autonomous supply chains and Lights-Out manufacturing,” said Amir Razelan, Co-Founder and COO, Seeloz.

“Through improving the skills of Malaysian supply chain operators in supply chain automation and aligning leading academic institutions to collaborate with Seeloz to advance its autonomous Requirements (ARP), Empower Malaysia will be the starting point to elevate Malaysia to a global leader in end-to-end supply chain resilience,” adds Amir.

One of the main objectives of Empower Malaysia is the formation of a comprehensive ecosystem that will operationalize the Memorandum of Cooperation on Semiconductor Supply Chain Resilience that was signed between Malaysia and the United States in May 2022.

“The manufacturing sector is one of the biggest contributors to Malaysia’s GDP and it is important to identify key technological advancements as well as upskilling talent that will help build resilience within the sector. We welcome Empower Malaysia as it aligns with our existing collaboration with Seeloz to support Malaysia’s digital ambitions,” said Lim Bee Wah, Managing Director, Small, Medium & Corporate Group, Microsoft Malaysia.

“Malaysia is an ideal location for industry players looking to introduce or expand their capacity in this part of the world. Therefore, Empower Malaysia presents an important model of collaboration led by the private sector. In line with the rapidly changing global economy, the next frontier for industry players is to expand the integration of equipment, systems and networks within their business locations, especially their manufacturing plants. , to further connect with suppliers, customers and broader business communities,” said Arham Abdul Rahman, CEO of MIDA.

Alan A. Seibert