MoUs signed by MARii, PROTON, CATARC and DRB-HICOM to boost adoption of next-gen mobility technology

The Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC), DRB-HICOM and PROTON signed MoUs on a strategic cooperation that adds new value dimensions to the development of next-generation vehicle (NxGV) hub within Malaysia and the region.

The MoUs focus on the development of an NxGV testing facilities in Malaysia, a first of its kind in the Southeast Asian region.

The signing ceremonies were witnessed by Y. Bhg. Dato' Sri Norazman Ayob, Deputy

Secretary General (Industrial Development), Ministry of International Trade and Industry

(MITI), Y. Bhg. Datuk Bahria Mohd Tamil, Deputy Secretary General (International Trade),

MITI and Mr. Hairil Yahri Yaacob, Deputy Secretary General (Investment), MITI.

MARii and CATARC inked an MoU, focusing on knowledge and expertise transfer, standardisation of technical standards and the construction of facilities within the test centre, for the establishment of a full-fledged NxGV test centre in Malaysia to enhance domestic capabilities in the development and testing of NxGVs within the ASEAN region.

“As testing and homologation is a logistically sensitive item in the development of any vehicle, we are working to offer full-fledged testing solutions according to latest NxGV technology developments, in line with safety regulations, policies and standards. This MoU with CATARC is an important milestone for Malaysia in its progress to be a NxGV hub in the ASEAN region”, said Dato’ Madani Sahari, CEO MARii.

“This collaboration will also unlock access to the ASEAN market, and the expertise of our business, especially in terms of testing and certification, could be shared to the Malaysian and ASEAN automotive industries in the foreseeable future”, said Mr. Zhou Hua, General Manager of CATARC.

MARii and DRB-HICOM’s MoU is a key milestone to establish academic and relevant human capital development programmes, in order to enhance Malaysia’s automotive workforce. Both parties will collaborate to establish new programs in line with industry demands, including value chain development and market expansion.

Programmes will include advanced automotive technologies modules related to Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), NxGV and Industry 4.0, to create a critical pool of highly skilled talent in the areas of future mobility.

“The technology modules in these academic programs will enable our workforce to be equipped with a more sophisticated set of skills, allowing them to render their talent in various multi-disciplinary areas of the automotive ecosystem”, said Dato’ Madani.

The MoU signing between PROTON and CATARC will potentially enable the Malaysian car company to collaborate with and leverage on the latter’s research and development facilities, especially in the areas of testing related activities. Combined with PROTON’s own research and development activities, it could boost the Company’s product line-up and accelerate the incorporation of new technologies in line with Malaysia’s NxGV aspirations.

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