The business conference: “Digital enterprise – on the way to Industry 4.0” took place in Hanoi on July 20 as a result of a fruitful cooperation between the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), the German Embassy in Vietnam, Siemens, and German Industry and Commerce Vietnam (GIC/AHK Vietnam).
This prestigious event attracted more than hundred delegates, who are senior government policy and decision-makers, business leaders and specialists, to come together and address emerging challenges and opportunities generated by the megatrend of digitalization with a view to support Vietnamese enterprises on the path to Industry 4.0.
At the conference, participants had a great opportunity to hear senior representatives from Vietnamese government and the business sector share their views about the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) with a strong focus on challenges and opportunities it generates. They also received an update of technological solutions, which are already available from today to support Vietnamese enterprises on their way to Industry 4.0. At the same time, they were able to involve in the panel discussion and open dialogues with respected panelist coming from a good mix of background featuring MOIT, SIEMENS, FPT Group and Polyco Group.
Director General of Science and Technology Department of MOIT, Mr. Nguyen Phu Cuong indicated: “Industry 4.0 can create both opportunities and challenges for Vietnam. Active approaches to state-of-the-art technologies and new development trend of the 4th industrial revolution have been strongly supported by Vietnamese Government and have been clearly stated in the Directive 16/CT-TTg, which was issued by the Prime Minister of Vietnam on May 5, 2017 with regard to the enhancement of capacity building approach towards Industry 4.0. Involvement of authorities at all levels, in particularly of the business community, is the prerequisite for Vietnam to optimize opportunities generated by this revolution. Supporting companies in accessing to information and data and in technology transfer, as well as in transforming into digital enterprise will be one of key priorities of the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the coming time in the execution of Directive 16/CT-TTg”.
Mr. Martin Hoppe, First Counselor of German Embassy, said: “Industry 4.0 has an enormous potential to deliver. However, close cooperation and dialogue are needed nationally and internationally to ensure that we get the benefits but avoid the risks from digitalized and automatized production. It is essential that in our deliberations, we do not forget that people are the main actors, the main resource and the one goal of any development.
“Siemens terms its way to Industry 4.0 as the “Digital Enterprise”. With Digital Enterprise, Siemens offers solutions to address the specific requirements of the manufacturing and process industry. These solutions combine the world of planning and operation to create an integral plant management concept covering the entire lifecycle of an industrial plant. The path to the Digital Enterprise is comprised of four core elements that logically build on one another. Each of these core elements is comprised of a unique portfolio that prepares our customers for Industry 4.0. Hence, Vietnamese customers are not alone on the way to Industry 4.0. They can count on Siemens”, emphasized Siemens Vietnamese President and CEO Thai-Lai Pham.
About Industry 4.0
As a result of Industry 4.0, in the future, billions of machines, systems, and sensors worldwide will communicate directly with each other and share information. Companies, especially those in the manufacturing and processing industries can benefit from increased productivity, flexibility and shorter times to market, thereby increasing their competitiveness. Their customers can benefit from more personalised high-quality products. End users can order their very own merchandise tailored to their needs.