• Madani Sahari

6 roadmaps to plot growth of local automotive industry

LESS than three weeks after the launch of the National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2014, the NAP 2014 Roadmap was unveiled by the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) on February 6.

Comprising six separate blueprints, the documents are to complement the execution of the NAP 2014. These roadmaps are to serve as guidelines to achieve the transformation objectives of the local automotive industry, and were developed in parallel with the NAP 2014.

Information gathered during the numerous consultation exercises between the ministry, the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and stakeholders towards the formulation of the NAP 2014 serves as inputs for the development of all the roadmaps. It is pleasing to put on record that the roadmaps were developed without the appointment of a consultant nor any budget allocation by the ministry.

The roadmaps were co-developed in-house by staff from both the ministry and MAI.

The ministry will be responsible for the implementation and supervision of the roadmaps. On the other hand, MAI shall act as the agency to coordinate, implement and monitor the proposed programmes.

Apart from serving as guidelines for automotive stakeholders and other related parties, such as institutions of higher learning, training organisations, R&D institutions and related government departments, each roadmap is a platform for further discussion in order to establish more ideas, programmes and initiatives.

The roadmaps would be dynamic and subject to continuous review as the local automotive industry develops further.

In this respect, MAI will undertake to meet all stakeholders in a series of roadshows to brief them on the roadmaps and gather more feedback for the enhancement of the automotive ecosystem.

The Malaysia Automotive Technology Roadmap contains plans for the development of green technologies required to venture into energy-efficient vehicle (EEV) production, as envisioned by the NAP 2014.

This roadmap includes guidelines towards the rationalization of the industry in achieving an environment-friendly supply value chain, enhancing competitiveness and ensuring the industry's sustainability.

The Malaysia Automotive Supply Chain Development Roadmap aims to continuously enhance the components and spare parts manufacturers' competitiveness, especially their efficiency and operational effectiveness.

The roadmap consists of measures to improve quality, operational and business management systems, as well as increase capability in the areas of testing and validation.

The Malaysia Automotive Human Capital Development Roadmap outlines a continuous plan towards developing a competent workforce at every level within the automotive industry.

This roadmap also includes plans to develop a "specifically skilled" workforce in the areas of automated production of components for hybrid cars as well as engine and transmissions.

This will assist in reducing the dependency on less-skilled foreign workers and raise more skilled workers with high-incomes locally. The importance of human capital development cannot be undervalued.

In this sense, MAI will play a key role in collaborating with industry players, public and private institutes of higher learning and training institutions.

In the aftermarket sector, special attentions are given towards the automotive parts and components recycling .

The Malaysia Automotive Remanufacturing Roadmap outlines criteria of remanufacturing as well as the standards and best practices that will be used by the local industry players in transforming Malaysia into the hub for automotive remanufacturing activities.

In addition, the roadmap introduces measures to optimize recyclability and recoverability levels of used components in order to support the government's aspiration to "green" the overall supply value chain of the local automotive industry.

Another focus within the aftermarket sector is the Development of Automotive Authorized Treatment Facilities (ATF) Framework, which shall serves as a guideline to transform the automotive aftermarket businesses in relation to efforts in developing a green and sustainable automotive industry within the sales, service, spare parts and repair activities.

The Bumiputera Development Roadmap details out activities related to technology development, human capital and supply chain to increase the competitiveness of Bumiputera's companies within the automotive industry.

The roadmaps will be subject to periodical reviews to ensure the NAP 2014 achieves its vision of making Malaysia the regional EEV hub.

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