Western Digital, awarded by The World Economic Forum (WEF), as the company’s entrance to its Global Lighthouse Network (GLN). Lighthouse applies 4IR technologies such as artificial intelligence, 3D-printing, and big data analytics to utilize the efficiency and competitiveness at scale, by transforming business models and driving economic growth. In addition, it augments the workforce, protects the environment, and contributes to a learning curve for all-sized manufacturers across industries from different geographies.
Congratulating Western Digital, Batu Kawan (Malaysia) for its achievements, Mr. Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA), remarked, “Western Digital’s operations in Batu Kawan, Penang has brought significant benefits to local players by resetting the benchmark required to operate, financial, and sustainability levels. This revolution is in line with Malaysia’s National Investment Aspirations as well as the Twelfth Malaysian Plan (12MP) initiatives as Malaysia embarks on economic recovery and reinforces its global supply chain.” He further added, “Western Digital, batu Kawan (Malaysia), as the first Lighthouse in the country, serves as a beacon for local industry players to further improve their business operations by effectively implementing the 4IR technologies. MIDA is confident to attract multinationals and local conglomerates to follow Western Digital footsteps by aiming to transform their current business operations, as well as their supply chain in Malaysia to adapt to the new technologies to operate in the long-term.”
Western Digital factory at Batu Kawan, Penang recognized as a part of the network, out of 90 total sites within global, it is the first company in Malaysia to receive this distinction. The company introduced new technology such as artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, advanced analytics, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), to achieve transformational change in its facility. In addition, automating the production and logistics to meet 32% factory cost improvement, reducing product inventory, and order lead time by 50% was included. Moreover, workforce development focused through providing the IIoT Academy program to educate and nurture its talents to cultivate new ways of analytical problem-solving, by adapting to 4IR technologies. The IIoT Academy program includes strategic partnerships with the local universities, and potential international platforms to upskill the employees at all possible levels.
Right Honorable Mr. Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang congratulated Western Digital for their achievements by being a part of the prestigious Global Lighthouse Network (GLN), by The World Economic Forum (WEF). “The significant advancements in technology have enabled businesses to be placed at new heights with solutions that not only boost productivity, but ensure sustainability. The recognition of Western Digital as one of the Lighthouses is a great testament that serves as a yardstick for future-proof strategies. We are on our journey to a new age of manufacturing where Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and big data analytics are becoming the key components in the production chain. Western Digital’s principle and practice are also in tandem with my Penang 2030 vision of Family-Friendly Green and Smart State to Inspire the Nation.”
He further added, “In 2019 – 2020, Penang has garnered RM31 billion of approved manufacturing investments, of which 88% were contributed by Electrical & Electronics (E&E), Machinery & Equipment (M&E), and Medtech industries. Penang’s growing significance in these areas enhanced the local workforce through empowered 4IR transformation. Toward this end, we look forward to working closely with the industry players like Western Digital, who have their high calibre Industrial IoT Academy program to further shape and hone the development of local talents in the state.”