DTI, Siemens strengthen partnership for Industry 4.0

Dr. Thai Lai Pham (left), President & CEO of Siemens ASEAN; and DTI Secretary Fred Pascual

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Siemens Inc. renewed their strategic partnership on June 7, 2024, by signing a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) to advance Industry 4.0 transformation in the Philippines.

The signing event was held at the Siemens Advance Manufacturing Transformation Center in Singapore.

Under the renewed MOU, DTI and Siemens plan to escalate their collaborative efforts, with the DTI set to launch the country’s first state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 Pilot Factory within the year.

The facility will serve as a learning laboratory featuring advanced technologies like digital twins, industrial software, and automation systems, supported by various technology partners.

“Under this renewed partnership, DTI and Siemens will execute bigger and more transformative initiatives, driving our ambitions further and ensuring that we remain at the forefront of industrial innovation,” DTI Secretary Fred Pascual said in a press statement.

Dr. Thai Lai Pham, President and CEO of Siemens ASEAN, reflected on the partnership’s evolution since the initial MOU in 2019.

“In 2019, we signed an MOU with DTI to strengthen collaboration and facilitate technical, policy, and information exchanges to drive the digital transformation of the manufacturing sector. I am proud that this has led to our Digital Industries business conducting a feasibility study to conceptualize DTI’s Industry 4.0 Pilot Factory in 2022. Today, we are signing a second MOU to collaborate on establishing this Industry 4.0 Pilot Factory,” Pham said.

The renewed MOU highlights the ongoing commitment of DTI and Siemens to promote digital industrial transformation in the Philippines.

Notable achievements from the initial agreement include the successful implementation of the Smart Industry Readiness Index (SIRI), conducting Industry 4.0 capacity-building sessions for manufacturers, and developing a comprehensive feasibility study for the Industry 4.0 Pilot Factory.

Moving forward, the partnership will explore the use of artificial intelligence (AI) across various sectors, such as food and beverage, electronics, semiconductors, chemicals, automotive, smart cities, autonomous buildings, and e-mobility.

The initiative will pave the way for the establishment of the country’s Center for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) this year, focusing on developing AI technologies.

The DTI and Siemens also emphasize sustainability in their collaboration, aiming to implement sustainable production practices and technologies in partnership with local governments and communities.

Pascual underscored the importance of this partnership for the Philippines’ technological and industrial progress.

“The renewed MOU between DTI and Siemens represents a significant step forward in the Philippines’ journey towards technological and industrial advancement. With Siemens’ expertise, resources, and global reach, this partnership will drive meaningful change and propel the Philippines on the path to sustainable development,” he said.

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