Local firms are being encouraged to use Industry 4.0 developments to boost the use of “smart” technologies such as cloud computing and autonomous cyber systems.
Experts from German manufacturers Siemens and Bosch spoke at an event on the issue on Sunday, giving a presentation on how Industry 4.0 technology is used around the world and how it could be implemented in Cambodia.
Nikolay Kurnnosov, general manager of Rexroth–Bosch Group in Vietnam, said Industry 4.0 concepts have the potential to transform manufacturing and improve responsiveness to customers.
He said Cambodia’s industry development policy 2015-2025 will help attract small and medium enterprises to the country, plus foreign direct investment, both of which can benefit from Industry 4.0.
Charles Esterhoy, chief operating officer at the Worldbridge Special Economic Zone, earlier this year agreed a deal with Germany’s Insite Bavaria to carry out a feasibility study on creating the first Industry 4.0–ready industrial zone in the country.
He said the Worldbridge SEZ wants to help SMEs utilise Industry 4.0 technology.
“Cambodia has huge untapped intellectual assets and potential to integrate into global value chains using an Industry 4.0 architecture,” Mr Esterhoy said.
“A homegrown Cambodian-German Industry 4.0 architecture with integrated local SMEs will be essential to Cambodia’s development and future economic growth.”
However, industry sources warned that Cambodia has a long way to go until it is ready for Industry 4.0.
Barriers include a lack of expertise and adherence to international standards, plus the need for better science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, they said, adding that sensitive regulatory frameworks and modernised transport and logistics are also necessary.