ASEAN 4th Industrial Revolution

Revolutions disrupt. They create opportunities and challenges — winners and losers. The fourth industrial revolution is no different, except for the technology involved — we are moving from digital to highly-connected, intelligent, cyber-physical, digital systems. Technology that automates, and technology that augments the human-worker in order to elevate efficiency and productivity in all kinds of facilities. Technology that enables new processes and business models that will spur a new age of manufacturing.

As major markets push forward with their Industry 4.0 initiatives, the ASEAN region faces an uphill challenge to stay competitive in this data-driven era. However, playing technological catch up is an important part of achieving the full value potential that Industry 4.0 offers, and as we cover in the following chapters, the ASEAN region has the potential to thrive in this new age.

That ASEAN Industry 4.0 potential is core to our reasons for writing this book, as are the many challenges that lie ahead. Southeast Asian governments and companies cannot rest on their previous successes or be content with regional status. Industry 4.0 disrupts the global manufacturing landscape, automation threatens to shift production facilities back to major consumer markets and those regions that do not evolve will be left behind.


About the Authors


Michael Deng (BSc, MBA)

Michael is a veteran business executive with more than 20 years of sales management experience across the Asia Pacific region, with special focus on the manufacturing, power & utility, smart city and infrastructure markets. Over his long career, Michael led business development, sales and general management for many renowned multi-national corporations, including General Electric, Oracle, Invensys, Sybase, and Autodesk.

As the pioneer of digital business for Asia, Michael has overseen numerous major commercialised projects, that draw on his extensive combined OT and IT experience. He also leads smart infrastructure projects with regional governments and major industrial organizations. His deep understanding of industry eco-systems and market trends throughout Asia, allows Michael to guide businesses and governments along their digital transformation journeys.

Michael is an IEEE and Power & Energy Society member, as well as a Singapore Industry Automation Association council member, widely involved in driving industry 4.0 initiatives across Asia-Pacific as a whole. He graduated from Tianjin University in 1994, with a computer engineering & science degree, then achieved an MBA from the National University of Singapore in 1999.


Colin Koh (BBA, RMIT)

Colin has more than 30 years of experience pioneering the latest technology within the ASEAN region, involved in the Industrial IoT/M2M, automation, 3D printing, connectivity, energy & environmental business since the mid-'80s. Colin provides mentorship and advisory services to the industry, especially focused on regional SMEs implementing digital transformation in line with the emerging Industry 4.0 concepts. He is a certified IoT specialist of Global Science & Technology Forum (GSTF) and an MIT Sloan School of Management Executive program in Artificial Intelligence and IoT.

Colin held the role of President of the Singapore Industrial Automation Association from 2001-2005 and was founding members and Vice-Chair of Industry Committee of Energy Efficiency (ICEE) under the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), member of Singapore's Information Standard Committee (ITSC) IoT Technical committee, member of industry sub-committee under the National Climate Change Committee in Singapore. He is also a member of The International Society of Automation (ISA), the Singapore Water Association (SWA), Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) and a former committee member of IoT Asia Conference and Exhibition. A true industry leader for the ASEAN region.

Colin is a technology evangelist and driving force of Industry 4.0 in the ASEAN bloc. Delivering dozens of insightful industry papers and influential speeches in the key regional conferences and business forums. Advisory Committee of Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s electrical engineering department, Colin, is helping guide the future of technological development and the next generation of technologists in the region.


About The Book


With our combined 50-plus years of experience leading technology development in the ASEAN region, we hope our research and insights will serve to guide readers from their various perspectives, along their Industry 4.0 journeys.

For ASEAN companies, we offer guidance on best practice and common pitfalls when implementing their digital transformation. For governments, associations, and industry organisations, we analyse and compare the ambitious strategies being put forward, promoting collective ASEAN development. For international companies and investors exploring opportunities in ASEAN, we provide a full picture of the region, market-by-market, in the context of major global trends. And for the established and aspiring industrial engineers in the ASEAN region, we present the future.

Industry 4.0: Navigating the Manufacturing Revolution in ASEAN takes us through the concept of a revolution to demonstrate the scale of emerging trends. It shines a lens on pioneering European, Chinese, and North American models and considers how we in ASEAN can learn from others to find our place in the global value chain.

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