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Vietnam Manufacturing Expo 2018 on horizon

Released at: 18:56, 04/07/2018

Vietnam Manufacturing Expo 2018 on horizon

Photo: Hai Van

Expo to be held from August 8 to 10 at I.C.E Hanoi and feature a "Cobot Showcase".

by My Van

Vietnam has moved towards Industry 4.0 in recent years and manufacturers can’t ignore the call for greater abilities in customization, precision, and high-speed production, and the transformation from analog to digital operations. “Failure to do so risks manufacturers falling behind their customers’ growing demands,” Mr. Suttisak Wilanan, Deputy Managing Director of Reed Tradex, told a press conference in Hanoi on July 4 introducing the “Vietnam Manufacturing Expo 2018”. Automated factories operating under 24/7 vision systems, or “smart factories”, are therefore set to grow.

“In the era of Industry 4.0, the integration of several new technologies has opened up new kinds of automated systems, such as ‘collaborative robots’, or cobots - robotic systems designed to safely work alongside human beings,” he said. Monetary Watch has reported that, after a factory in Dongguan, China, applied robots to their production line, their productivity rose 250 per cent while defects fell 80 per cent. Other benefits of upgrading to automation have proven to include greater efficiency, better productivity, and less production downtime, among many more.

The question is, with global developments in automation to reduce human errors, what do rising manufacturing hubs like Vietnam stand to gain from this movement? How do manufacturers leverage on existing competitive advantages while continuing to innovate and stay ahead of the curve?

At this year’s expo, from August 8 to 10, besides more than 200 innovative technologies and machineries being exhibited, organizers will also cooperate with Universal Robots to hold a “Cobot Showcase” in order to promote their potential applications. “High-caliber robots lead to many interesting possibilities and discussions on the changing pace of robot application in the business world and the manufacturing sector in particular,” Mr. Wilanan added.

He also unveiled the four co-located events at the expo, aimed at creating a comprehensive platform for manufacturing. They are Vietnam Sheet Metal: Vietnam’s only sheet metal fabrication technology and machinery exhibition; Vietnam Electronics Assembly: An international exhibition on machinery and technologies for the electronic parts and components manufacturing industry; Robot X: A comprehensive series of events on industrial robots in ASEAN; and Industrial Components & Subcontracting Vietnam: Vietnam’s most comprehensive sourcing platform for industrial parts and components.

The Vietnam Electronic Industries Association (VEIA) returns as an official forum supporter. Participants will have the chance to directly discuss and learn from experts in various manufacturing sectors, be it automotive, electronics, or support industries. Mr. Luu Hoang Long, VEIA Chairman, told the press conference that “according to data from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the total number of enterprises currently involved in the support industry is 661, 591 of which produce electronic components, 56 computers and peripherals, and 14 magnetic tapes and disks. The number of domestic enterprises providing electronics as suppliers of foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) is few, due to internal constraints at enterprises and also the limited understanding between the two sides.”

Various activities will be conducted during the three days of the Vietnam Manufacturing Expo 2018, such as a Business Matchmaking Service to support participants in finding the right agents, suppliers, or future business associates. The Vietnam-German Technology Transfer and Training Center (HWC) and Reed Tradex, meanwhile, will co-organize the “Vietnam Welding Competition” to search for a “welding master” and encourage Vietnam’s industrialists to see the importance of upgrading welding skills.

The International Federation of Robotics estimates by 2019 the number of operational industrial robots installed in factories will grow to 2.6 million, from just 1.6 million in 2015. With global developments in automation reducing human errors, what do rising manufacturing hubs like Vietnam stand to gain from this movement? The Vietnam Manufacturing Expo 2018 returns to Hanoi from August 8 to 2010 at I.C.E Hanoi, with a stronger emphasis on showcasing manufacturing technology and providing a wide range of industrial sectors with know-how from over 200 brands.

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