The National Automotive Policy 2020 (NAP 2020) was launched by Prime Minister, YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) today, marking Malaysia’s move towards becoming a regional leader in manufacturing, engineering, technology and sustainable development in the automotive sector, in line with the National Automotive Vision.
Accompanying the Prime Minister at the launch was the Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Datuk Darell Leiking, who gave the Opening Speech.
The overall intended outcomes of the NAP 2020 would be more research of new technologies, creation of business and jobs opportunities particularly for the SMEs, and the development of new manufacturing processes and value chains within the local automotive and overall mobility sector.
The ecosystem of the manufacturing and aftermarket sectors within the automotive and overall mobility industry would be enhanced, focusing on Next Generation Vehicle (NxGV), Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0). The NAP 2020 has a time horizon of ten years, from 2020 to 2030.
Besides aligning with current technological advancements, the NAP 2020 will also have improvements in existing policy measures and implementation. Participation of local companies in the domestic and global supply chain will be promoted, while other areas of focus are geared towards encouraging R&D and engineering activities, building the capacity of the local workforce, providing support for the national car projects as well as enhancing exports, investments and local production volume.
NAP 2020 has three (3) directional thrusts and three (3) strategies. It consists of seven roadmaps/blueprints, detailing out the implementation plan.
Directions of the NAP 2020:
Direction 1: Technology and Engineering - development of critical components and systems for NxGV, MaaS, and IR4.0, including systems and components within Automated, Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (AACV); IR4.0 technologies; lightweight material technology as well as hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles.
Direction 2: Investment – customised incentives mechanism will be continued based on cost-benefit analysis of specific business proposals by investors.
Direction 3: Market Expansion – measures to be introduced to increase export development, not only for vehicles and components but also for the aftermarket and services sector.
Strategies of the NAP 2020:
Strategy 1: Value Chain Development – to enhance the competitiveness of the domestic value chain in pursuit of high-quality and high-technology products that meet future standards of vehicle manufacturers and consumer needs.
Strategy 2: Human Capital Development – to develop local talent in tandem with current and future demands for automotive and mobility technology.
Strategy 3: Safety, Environment, and Consumerism – to promote the adoption of new, more environmentally-friendly technologies in addressing the issue of emissions and vehicle safety, as well as to introduce the elements of consumer rights and protection related to spare parts and services, such as maintenance and recall process.
The roadmaps and blueprints will be continuously reviewed and updated to keep pace with disruptive and evolving global trends, technologies and demands.
The launch of the NAP 2020 will be followed through with numerous outreach campaigns, information repositories, conferences and stakeholder engagements to ensure the National Automotive Vision is realised for a better Malaysia.
Targets Of The NAP 2020