The Industry Ministry is drawing up strategic steps directed at speeding up transformation of Industry 4.0 in the country’s manufacturing sector.
The strategic steps entail driving productivity, increasing the competitive edge of export products, and strengthening manufacturing structures, Head of Industrial Research and Development (BPPI) at the Industry Ministry Ngakan Timur noted in a written statement released on Wednesday.
"To achieve the target, we need to create a conducive investment climate and activate activities for the development of resources, drive potential economic sectors, and keep our macroeconomic condition stable," he stated.
He believes that the matter would materialize if ministries were to synergize and collaborate with all related stakeholders.
"We must realize the commitment together. To accelerate it (the realization of the commitment), we need to direct transformation towards Industry 4.0," he stated.
Timur noted that the Industry Ministry had assessed the level of preparedness on the part of several domestic industrial sectors to drive transformation in pursuit of Industry 4.0.
He explained that the food and beverage, textile and garment, chemical, automotive, and electronic industries were among the priority sectors to implement the first phase of transformation in accordance with the roadmap for "Making Indonesia 4.0," he stated.
"We call the indicator to assess Indonesia’s level of industry readiness in implementing Industry 4.0 as Industry 4.0 Readiness Index (INDI 4.0). The objective is to see the level of preparedness of industries that we can assess. In addition, we have built the ecosystem of industry 4.0 and developed the concept of green industry," he remarked.
The Industry Ministry has, until now, conducted an assessment of 326 manufacturing companies, and the results indicate that several of them were ready for transformation towards Industry 4.0, he explained.
"We have also provided technical guidance to both managers and engineers of companies on transformation towards Industry 4.0," he remarked.
The ministry expects SINDI 4.0 (Ecosystem Indonesia 4.0), the ecosystem of Industry 4.0, to be able to serve as a means to build synergy and collaboration among parties to speed up transformation towards Industry 4.0, he explained.