IIB Ventures Sdn Bhd (IIB) and Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) aspire towards establishing a Robotics Centre of Excellence in Medini, Iskandar Malaysia. The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at a virtual ceremony, which included the proposed establishment of the Robotics Centre. The centre is intended to develop technopreneurs and talents in robotics and emerging technologies.
The MoU was signed by MTDC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dato’ Norhalim Yunus and Zulfiqar Zainuddin, Director and Managing Director of IIB Ventures. It outlines the collaborative initiatives to facilitate and support activities in line with MTDC’s Centre of 9 Pillars, aimed at creating a community-in-practice that would be able to offer local companies affordable and impactful Industry 4.0 solutions.
IIB’s President and CEO, Datuk Khairil Anwar Ahmad commented, “The signing of the MOU for the establishment of the Robotics CoE is an exciting development through which we aim to develop 200 technopreneurs in Iskandar Puteri in the next five years. This will be attained through programmes under Iskandar NEXT namely the Iskandar Innovation Hub and Drone and Robotics Zone (DRZ) Iskandar, among others.”
IIB would provide access to markets for commercialisation opportunities, advisory services for funding, access to mentors and create visibility, awareness and provide relevant regulatory facilitation. Datuk Khairil said IIB would be working with the Malaysian government to support the development in the region.
The Robotics CoE will be the first of MTDC’s Centre of 9 Pillars collaboration with IIBV in the Southern Region. The aim is to provide a platform for local Industry 4.0 solution providers to develop, grow and offer their services to various industry sectors in Johor.
According to Dato’ Norhalim Yunus, Chief Executive Officer MTDC, “The Robotics CoE will be the first of MTDC’s Centre of 9 Pillars collaboration with IIBV in the Southern Region, to further strengthen our efforts to provide a platform for local Industry 4.0 solution providers to develop, grow and offer their services and innovative Industry 4.0 solutions to various industry sectors in Johor.”
The Robotics CoE will offer programmes to further support IIB’s DRZ Iskandar initiatives, a regional drone and robotic zone. The aim is to create a drone and robotics eco-system which would become a growth engine, technology leader and talent hub for Malaysia and APAC.