In a follow up to the National Automotive Policy (NAP 2014) that was announced last month, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) – in conjunction with Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) – today announced six roadmaps for the development of the local automotive industry.
Meant to serve as a guideline for industry stakeholders, the six roadmaps are known in their shortened form as MATR, MASR, MAHR, MARR, MABR and ATF. These roadmaps will be under the supervision of MITI, with the MAI coordinating and implementing them.
Details were not announced at the presentation, and we’ll be taking a closer look when we get them, but here’s a summary of what the roadmaps are about:
Malaysia Automotive Technology Roadmap (MATR)
The MATR details out the latest green technological trends as well as the outlook – the roadmap also includes tax structure rationalisation guidelines for the auto industry.
Malaysia Automotive Supply Chain Development Roadmap (MASR)
The MASR aims to enhance the operational effectiveness and efficiency of components/spare parts manufacturers. The roadmap consists of measures to improve quality control systems, operation and business management as well as enhance capability in product testing and validation.
Malaysia Automotive Human Capital Development Roadmap (MAHR)
The MAHR outlines a plan for developing a competent and adequate workforce at all levels within the industry. It also focuses on improving the quality of existing programmes for technicians and operators at local training institutions.
Also included are plans to develop skilled local manpower in areas of product automation and manufacturing of hybrid components, engine and transmission systems.
Malaysia Automotive Remanufacturing Roadmap (MARR)
The MARR outlines detailed criteria of remanufacturing standards and best practices to be adopted by automotive players with the aim of making Malaysia the centre of automotive remanufacturing in the ASEAN region. It will also provide guidelines to optimise recyclability and recoverability levels of used components.
Malaysia Automotive Bumiputera Development Roadmap (MABR)
The MABR focuses on activities related to the development of technology, human capital and supply chain to enhance the competitiveness of Bumiputera companies in the domestic auto industry. This initiative is in line with the government’s efforts to create globally competitive Bumiputera entrepereneurs.
Development of Automotive Authorised Treatment Facilities Framework (ATF)
The ATF framework will serve as a guideline to transform automotive after-market businesses in an effort to develop a complete automotive industry that is sustainable.