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Global leaders to attend Intelligent Manufacturing Kuala Lumpur 2024 summit

July 5, 2024

Posted by: Magda Dabrowska

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Intelligent Manufacturing Kuala Lumpur (IMKL) returns next week to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), from 10 – 12 July 2024. The event will bring together an international line-up of experts to guide manufacturers across the ASEAN region through key topics in industry 4.0, including generative AI, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) principles, cloud infrastructure, data centres and more. In addition to its flagship two-day conference, participants can look forward to a variety of product showcases, interactive workshops and live technology demonstrations.

Fiona Chiew, the general manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK), said, “ASEAN’s rising appeal among international manufacturers has led to a significant expansion of its industrial capabilities in recent years, and Malaysia’s commitment to modernising its industrial sector, in particular, makes it an ideal host for this event. It offers an excellent opportunity for regional businesses to connect with and learn from leading international experts in digital transformation, many of whom will be speaking in the region for the first time.”

The event’s second edition will feature insights from 24 speakers representing 10 countries and regions, including Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan and the UK. Attendees will learn how these new technologies and business models can be adapted to meet their unique organisational needs, with a focus on how sustainability is reshaping the modern manufacturing process.

The event’s centrepiece is its two-day conference, co-organised by the Selangor Human Resources Development Centre (SHRDC) and guided by the Intelligent Manufacturing Kuala Lumpur advisory committee. Themed “Towards net-zero: The digital transition for sustainable manufacturing”, this year’s conference includes four tracks investigating the interplay between smart technologies and sustainability, the applications of operational technologies including AI, robotics and cloud data, and emerging business models in manufacturing. The programme will also include a series of compelling case studies highlighting successful digital transformation initiatives by companies including Finesse Moulding, Markaids, Steelcase and more.

Featuring an international roster of contributors from a wide range of backgrounds including academia, government and industry, the conference will present a thoughtful selection of perspectives on the latest trends and challenges in the field. Among the notable speakers are:

David Romero, the scientific vice-chairman, world manufacturing foundation and professor of advanced manufacturing, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, will introduce six innovative business models designed to enhance manufacturers’ sustainability and resilience, featuring insights from the World Manufacturing Report 2023.

Ong Kian Ming, pro vice-chancellor of external engagement, Taylors University, former Deputy Minister, Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI) and 2-term member of Parliament will lead the closing panel alongside the IMKL advisory committee and Raimund Klein, the founder and CEO of International Centre for Industrial Transformation (INCIT), exploring the current state of digital transformation in the ASEAN’s manufacturing sector and its forthcoming challenges.

Rodrigo Nader, the founder and CEO at Langflow, will explain how generative AI is revolutionising factory digitalisation and workforce development, providing real-world examples from manufacturing.

Zeger-Jan van de Weg, the CEO at Flowfuse, will discuss how the Unified Namespace (UNS) and low-code platforms enable engineers to implement automation solutions without the need for extensive coding knowledge.

Bala Amavasai, the chief technology officer – Industry at Celebal Technologies, will explore how cloud computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence are helping manufacturers streamline their operations and achieve a higher standard of efficiency.

Additional conference highlights:

Complimentary entry to tech labs and product showcases:

Alongside the conference, the event’s standalone product showcase area will provide attendees with a chance to experience the latest technologies first-hand. Notable participants include MPDV, the event’s silver sponsor, along with Advantech, FSBM MES Elite, IT Group, Roll Robotics and Turck Banner. CTI Resources, partnering with Schaeffler and Stratus Technologies, as well as YNY Technology, partnering with Hexagon AEM will also be present.

Visitors can further explore these technologies at the fair’s Tech Labs, which offer a space for detailed product introductions and further expert-led discussions. One session, led by KK Pang, the executive director of FSBM will explore the role of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) in real-time data monitoring and sustainability. Another, presented by Kevin Ho, the ESG compliance manager, ESG Compliance Department, i-Chem Solution Sdn Bhd will simplify the complexities of ESG criteria, making these guidelines easier for businesses to understand and follow.

Entry to the product showcase area and Tech Labs is free for professionals aged 18 and above. An admission fee is required to participate in the conference:

All prices are subject to local prevailing sales and service tax. For Malaysian delegates and Human Resource Development Corporation (HRD Corp) registered companies, these fees may be claimed under the HRD Corp levy. To sign up for the event, please visit

Intelligent Manufacturing Kuala Lumpur is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK). The conference session is co-organised with the Selangor Human Resources Development Centre (SHRDC). The event is supported by a number of prominent organisations and industry associations, including:

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