First glance at the title of this story and you may think students from UMP have developed transforming robots based on the Perodua Kancil, depending on what kind of vivid imagination you have. What has happened here is that Perodua has actually donated the robots used on the Kancil’s assembly line to UMP.

The Perodua Kancil was finally phased out in July this year and to replace it, Perodua introduced the cheapest Viva BX model. These 13 robots donated to UMP were used by Perodua over the 12 year period of Kancil manufacturing, and a total of around 590,000 units were churned out during that time. The robots were used as automated welders.

Perodua will also be training UMP technicians on how to operate and maintain these robots. The robots will be used in UMP’s Manufacturing Engineering Faculty and it is estimated that an average of 200 students per academic year will benefit from the utilisation of the robots.

“Students will be able to learn – first hand – the operations of these robots and they can take this knowledge and apply it in any automotive company or any other relevant industry as they see fit. Our hope is that they take this opportunity to learn as much as they can to prepare themselves in the ever demanding job environment,” said soon retiring Perodua managing director Datuk Syed Hafiz.

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