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Zebra Technologies Celebrates 50 Years Of Innovating At The Edge

Zebra Technologies Celebrates 50 Years of Innovating at the Edge

Zebra Technologies Corporation celebrates its 50th anniversary as it continues to empower the front line of business. Since the inception of its first printing prototypes in the late 1960s, Zebra has evolved into a trusted advisor to its partners and customers based on its legacy of innovation to help digitally transform the enterprise.

“We are proud to celebrate our half century milestone with our customers across the retail/ecommerce, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare, government and other industries,” said Anders Gustafsson, Chief Executive Officer, Zebra Technologies. “While Zebra has changed its stripes over the years, we are well-positioned to accelerate our strategy. With our network of specialized partners, we will continue to deliver industry-tailored solutions at the enterprise edge where there is an amazing amount of new growth and opportunities.”

When Zebra and its partners deliver a performance edge to front-line employees, nurses spend more time at the bedside with a patient resulting in higher quality care, and retail associates check inventory and complete transactions without leaving the shopper’s side. When Zebra integrates mobile printing and data capture solutions with cross-technology indoor location solutions, manufacturing plants and distribution centres become smarter environments in which production, fulfilment and shipping efficiencies are dramatically increased.

“Asia Pacific is a very important region for Zebra. We anticipate strong growth owing to the rise of e-commerce, an increasingly connected workforce, and the confluence of Industry 4.0. The recent Intelligent Enterprise Index study Zebra conducted last year revealed an encouraging trend – companies in Asia Pacific are moving the needle in the deployment and investment of the Internet of Things,” said Ryan Goh, Vice-President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Zebra Technologies. “In Asia, we are making waves in the areas of retail, transport, healthcare, logistics and manufacturing. Our momentum continues in 2019 as we pride ourselves with the broadest product portfolio of any other solutions provider in the industry.”

 

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Schaeffler Expands Product Portfolio With New Manufacturing Plant In Vietnam

Schaeffler Expands Product Portfolio With New Manufacturing Plant In Vietnam

Products manufactured in the plant will be supplied to customers across a wide range of industry sectors including agriculture, construction and mining, power transmission, food processing, textile, paper, steel, cement and two-wheelers (motorcycles).

Schaeffler has unveiled its new Greenfield manufacturing facility at Bien Hoa City in Dong Nai province of Vietnam. Standing on an area of 25,000sqm, the company has invested more than 45 million euros in building this modern facility. This new plant will create 300 additional jobs in the Dong Nai province. The opening ceremony held on 9 May 2019 was officiated by H.E. Dinh Quoc Thai, Chairman, Dong Nai Province People’s Committee; Georg F.W. Schaeffler, shareholder and Chairman of Schaeffler Group; and H.E. Andreas Siegel, German Consul General.

Confidence In Vietnam’s Potential As An Efficient Production Hub

“There are many reasons for our continued commitment to Vietnam. Its strategic location in Asia, a well-diversified, stable and fast-growing economy with talented, well-educated, ambitious population are just few among them,” said Mr. Schaeffler.

He also expressed confidence that Asia Pacific will be one of the future growth engine of the economy and as part of the company’s global strategy, the new plant will be able to meet the increasing demand from customers in growing industries in the region. “We see tremendous potential to apply our broad technological know-hows in the emerging markets,” added Mr. Schaeffler.

Helmut Bode, CEO Schaeffler Asia Pacific, said this is the second major investment by Schaeffler to expand local manufacturing capacity in Asia Pacific. The first plant is in Thailand for automotive products, which was opened in 2016. “We continue to grow our engineering competency and production footprint with the aim to deliver highest value from our products and solutions to customers in the region and around the world. Today we are proud to celebrate the opening of this state-of-the-art facility for industrial products in Vietnam,” commented Mr Bode.

Industry 4.0 To Optimise Manufacturing Process

Equipped with advanced production machinery and technologies, the new plant is the first in Southeast Asia to apply the latest Industry 4.0 solutions developed by the company. The plant features the use of SmartCheck – a condition monitoring device or smart sensor, and there are 70 of such devices installed at key positions in the plant. These devices monitors condition of machines and detects rolling bearing damage, imbalances and misalignments, hence reducing downtime and maximising machine lifetime.

Furthermore, the manufacturing facility is the first in Asia Pacific to focus solely on industrial applications. With the growth of the global industrial business and given its wide range of applications, Schaeffler is taking this opportunity to expand its local product portfolio. The plant will not only increase production capacity of existing product ranges of industrial bearings and components such as the Tapered Roller Bearings (TRB) and Radial Insert Ball Bearings (RIBB).

New product lines including an extended range of RIBB and the company’s flagship product – the Needle Roller Bearings (NRB) will be added as well. Products manufactured in Vietnam will be distributed globally, across various industrial sectors including, agriculture, food processing, power transmission and two-wheelers (motorcycles).

“The expansion of local manufacturing capacity demonstrates our confidence in Vietnam as an ideal production hub in the Asia Pacific region to serve regional and global customers with best-in-class bearing products and systems,” said Martin Schreiber, President Industrial at Schaeffler Asia Pacific during the ceremony.

 

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GENiE Smart Factory Solution Boosts Smart Manufacturing In Malaysia

GENiE Smart Factory Solution Boosts Smart Manufacturing In Malaysia

Galactic Advanced Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd has launched its cloud-based process intelligent solution—GENiE Smart Factory Solution, which aims to increase adoption of smart manufacturing practices in Malaysia and the region.

“Malaysian manufacturers need to embrace technology and be competitive worldwide. We can no longer be dependent on labour intensive manufacturing practices. It is essential for manufacturers especially SMEs to leverage on cyber-physical systems and cloud-based data to make informed business decision in order to increase productivity,” said Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), during the launch. He hopes to work with the company to support Malaysia manufacturers in taking steps towards Industry 4.0.

GENiE Smart Factory Solution enables better decision making on the production floor through data analytics, by obtaining real process values and parameters of production operations. The solution address common problems encountered by manufacturers such as under-utilisation of machinery, production wastage, unpredicted down time risks and high usage of energy.

“It is a scalable investment to improve operations and more importantly to reduce downtime and financial losses from production interruptions. The savings from energy utilisation, reduction of wastage and better yield from the machines can be seen within months,” said Sakhtivel Narayanasamy, CEO of Galactic Advanced Engineering.

He is optimistic about the government’s commitment and efforts in driving adoption of Industry 4.0: “There has been much concept talk about Industry 4.0 and its power to revolutionise but we believe these concepts can be converted into applicable solutions like the GENiE Smart Factory that enables an innovative shift in manufacturing operations for the next three years.”

 

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Five Reasons Why Companies Are Turning To AM

Five Reasons Why Companies Are Turning to AM

Additive manufacturing of metal is popular, but some end user companies are reticent about in-house printing of metals parts. Article by SmarTech.

This is, we believe, a powerful factor creating opportunities for metal additive manufacturing service bureaus. This article defines five factors that have some service bureaus planning for a doubling the number of metal machines in 2019.

Metals Printing Can be Trouble

In the future service bureaus are likely to lose business to in-house 3D printer deployments for polymer printing, but their metals business may increase. Additive manufacturing with polymers is more user-friendly than metals printing making the capital and expertise easier for end users to move the process in-house. There are more process parameters and knowledge involved with metal printing. And, on the materials side, new metals may require special techniques and expertise that are not easily or quickly achieved in-house. This “tribal” knowledge will help service bureaus keep their competitive advantage longer as metal AM becomes more cost-effective and user-friendly.

Metal 3D printers will reduce in cost in the next few years – we have already seen how this could happen from the latest HP and Desktop Metal products. Nonetheless, SmarTech Analysis believes that the combination service provider knowledge, supply chain efficiencies, and high-capital cost will keep metal service bureaus competitive for the foreseeable future.

The “Hot Topic Effect”

The current high level of publicity being afforded to metal printing automatically enhances the prospects for metal service bureaus. Hot topics are, by definition, of immediate importance, but they tend to cool down relatively quickly. It is to be expected that metal additive manufacturing will eventually become less hot as it matures and becomes just another process in the engineering toolbox. Yet, less attention doesn’t necessarily mean that market growth would stop, just that investors’ enthusiasm might shrink.

Lack of User Capital and Low ROI

A classic driver for companies to not 3D print in-house is that some companies just don’t have the capital. The impact of this market driver in metal AM is likely to intensify in the future as more end-user firms find they have a need for metal AM but cannot justify the capex.

Service bureaus also offer a way for companies to dip their toes in the AM metals business without having to invest heavily in the equipment, expertise, or time associated with bringing the process in-house. Some companies may even have the capital, but due to fluctuations and volumes the return on investment (ROI) of in-house metal AM is too low to make it viable. Offering metal 3D printing won’t tie down a service bureau, and a company can test the market to verify a parts value before investing the capital to move production in-house.

Size, Complexity and Service Bureaus

Service bureaus may be able to handle large and complex parts more effectively and efficiently than in-house printing can. Being able to process large parts will give a service bureau additional value. Bringing metal printing in-house is already difficult enough, adding larger more expensive equipment adds complexity.

Finally, understanding different materials, process capabilities, and how complex features can change a design will be the experience service bureaus should have that will prevent or delay companies from moving in-house. Simple design concepts, post processing, and even part orientation can help produce a better product.

Industry Focus Helps

Expertise in a particular industry provides a competitive advantage for service bureaus. It enables a service bureau to better understand its customers and for both customers and service bureaus to interact in a more effective way. As a result, some service bureaus are specializing in customers from the aerospace industry or the medical sector. Specialized automotive service bureaus are also expected to appear in the near future.

These comments apply to polymer AM as well as metals AM, but we note that specialist aerospace and automotive bureaus both have a strong metals orientation. Metals service bureaus that understand the needs, operations and traditions of big metal-using industry sectors are in a better position to win customers than those who don’t.

 

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How Additive Manufacturing Will Transform Digital Manufacturing

How Additive Manufacturing Will Transform Digital Manufacturing

Since the 19th century, manufacturing has rapidly evolved the creation of goods and given us highly complex supply and value chains. Article by Terrence Oh, Senior Vice President (Asia Pacific), EOS.

Now, Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing are on the tip of everyone’s tongue, representing a whole new industrial revolution in the thick of the digital age. Even though most are talking about it, there are very diverse thoughts about the whole picture of Industry 4.0 and a few examples have already shown success. One common aspect all approaches have in common is their focus on data, its evaluation, interpretation and usage to improve metrics like overall equipment efficiency (OEE).

The next wave of transformation in manufacturing will be due to and combination of intelligent components and digitalised production. These combine to achieve intelligent, digitally produced components for smart applications. The outcomes will be unique market winning smart applications, that are produced in efficient and effective smart factories.

Moving from Industry 3.0 to 4.0 requires huge efforts in digitising complex supply chains. It usually focuses on implementing all technologies and supply chain steps into one digital thread ideally. In order to increase the flexibility of such digital supply chains, additive manufacturing (AM) can significantly reduce the complexity. This leads not only to the opportunity of a digital thread, but also to the reduction of production time, assembly steps and scrap.

Powder bed-based AM technologies allow production flexibility to be increased due to their nature – a generative production process with almost no geometric limitations. This production flexibility is the basis for a future, fully digital production, enabling global manufacturing of intelligent parts, with a digital thread throughout the full lifecycle. Data will be generated from each batch of base material onward to the data collection during the final performance of a produced part.

The ‘3igital’ concept will enable additive production of intelligent components, with digital production chains, for smart and integrated applications.

3igital: Intelligent Components

Even today, additively-produced components are meeting requirements from a wide variety of industries to generate substantial added value. A next step will be to expand the advantages of additively produced components. For example, by integrating sensors to create intelligent components. The goal is to completely integrate data generation and sensor systems, which turn additively produced components into smart applications that are highly tailored to customer-specific requirements.

3igital: Digital Production

Once the intelligent component has been defined, a next step will be the integration of additive production into the digital factories of the future. The goal: Highly flexible and adaptable digital production that combines industrial 3D printing with conventional production technologies in existing and still-to-be-constructed production environments.

3igital: Intelligent, Digitally Produced Components for Smart Applications

The component data is now available from design to production, to the ‘intelligent’ part and can be collected throughout the life cycle of the component. In the end, we have a chain of innovation comprising of intelligent components produced in a digitalised 3D printing production chain. In the last area when the parts are used, they will provide valuable information that can be used to improve the use of the parts, the production chain and the component design. This opens up completely new perspectives for end-to-end linking of the design, production, and utilisation of the component, thus also permitting continuous optimisation. This can result in efficiency gains beyond the boundaries of the company, resulting in changes in entire value chains.

In other words, the future of manufacturing is not only linked digitally and additively, but, above all, it is integrated – becoming a true disruptor in digital manufacturing. By channelling our efforts into growing this technology and through integration, AM is already tapping the next technological dimension for the future: intelligent components – additively produced by a digitalised production cell – for smart applications.

 

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Schaeffler And Mitsubishi Electric Announce Global Strategic Partnership

Schaeffler And Mitsubishi Electric Announce Global Strategic Partnership

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG announced a global strategic partnership as part of the [email protected] Alliance network. Since 2010 both companies have been partners in the [email protected] Alliance, which is part of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s [email protected] Concept. This concept supports companies with measures within the framework of the digital transformation, such as the integration of machine and plant data into MES (manufacturing execution systems) and ERP (enterprise resource planning systems).

Industry 4.0 scenarios are characterised by highly individualised products in very flexible manufacturing conditions. Along with production technology, Industry 4.0 also comprises digitally connecting components and machines. Dr. Stefan Spindler, CEO Industrial of Schaeffler AG, explained: “To provide Industry 4.0 solutions with substantial added value for the customer we need collaboration across different companies. With the technological expertise and systems know-how of Schaeffler and Mitsubishi Electric teamed up in this global strategic partnership, we will be able to offer intelligent solutions tailored to customer and market requirements to optimise manufacturing operations and equipment lifecycle costs.”

Mr. Noriyuki Shimizu, Executive Officer and General Manager of Factory Automation Overseas Division at Mitsubishi Electric, added: “Over the last years, we have successfully carried out joint projects in various countries in Europe and Asia. Now, we intend to intensify and expand our collaboration on a global level.” Schaeffler and Mitsubishi Electric collaborate to boost connectivity and to create Industry 4.0 solutions that reduce machine downtime and maximise productivity for the customer. For example, the machine protocol SLMP (seamless message protocol) implemented in Schaeffler condition monitoring systems enables vibration sensors to communicate bidirectionally with Mitsubishi Electric’s programmable logic controller and to transmit the characteristic values determined. The PLC processes the data into information, which is prepared as plain text messages and shown on a display. An additional integration level also allows the condition monitoring system to be connected with the PLC of the relevant plant via a network cable and Modbus protocol.

Schaeffler contributes concepts that combine mechatronic products, condition monitoring systems, and digital services to form application-specific 4.0 solution packages. These provide the basis for the creation of customised products and services whose main focus is always on the effectiveness of the overall system.

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation offers a vast range of factory automation and processing technologies, including programmable logical controllers (PLC), inverters, robots, servo-drives and HMI, helping to bring higher productivity and quality to the factory floor.

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Silent Turning, Digitally Connected

Silent Turning, Digitally Connected

With an advanced solution that enables manufacturing companies to take steps towards digital machining and Industry 4.0, Sandvik Coromant has introduced connectivity capability to its series of Silent Tools tool holders. The innovation is offered as part of the company’s CoroPlus suite of connected solutions for machine shops keen to embrace the rapidly advancing trend of industry digitalisation.

Among a number of enhancements, the latest Silent Tools technology for internal turning at long overhangs now feature embedded connectivity within the adaptor. Named Silent Tools Plus, this solution enables data from the machining process to be collected and sent to a dashboard, giving the operator a valuable insight into what is happening inside slender tubular components. For instance, it will be possible to detect if there is too much vibration or if the surface quality is at risk of being compromised. Furthermore, operators will be able to reduce the time that the machine runs without the tool in cut.

“The combination of CoroPlus connectivity and Silent Tools damping technology makes this a solution that shows the technical heights we can expect from the machining solutions of the future,” said Åke Axner, Product Manager Silent Tools Turning Adaptors at Sandvik Coromant. “Silent Tools Plus turning adaptors with embedded connectivity support our overall CoroPlus strategy, which enables customers to work more efficiently.”

By way of example, the Silent Tools Plus vibration indicator is able to detect issues with machining at an early stage, helping to prevent vibration-associated issues such as noise, poor surface quality and accelerated tool wear. Furthermore, centre height setting functionality displays the level of the cutting edge, so that it can be quickly and easily set according to requirements. The result is better machining performance and longer tool life.

The range of Silent Tools from Sandvik Coromant is designed to minimise vibration through a pre-tuned dampener inside the tool body that consists of a heavy mass supported by rubber spring elements. The benefits of this design are multi-faceted, allowing machine shops to increase metal removal rates, improve surface finish, secure the process or reduce production costs.

The Silent Tools Plus turning adaptor also includes a new Wedge Lock quick-change interface between the adaptor and cutting head. The fast and accurate cutting head changes this facilitates will appeal to manufacturers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, for machining components such as landing gear components, and in oil and gas, where the machining of long tubular parts is commonplace.

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Grundfos Presents ISolutions Range To Meet Taiwan’s Smart And Sustainable Manufacturing Needs

Grundfos Presents iSolutions Range To Meet Taiwan’s Smart And Sustainable Manufacturing Needs

Leveraging intelligent manufacturing as the key to Taiwan’s economic revitalisation, Grundfos introduced iSolutions – a product range with a focus on digitalisation and connectivity – at this year’s Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS).

In line with the government’s ambition to transform Taiwan into a global manufacturing hub by pushing industry adoption of smart machinery, Grundfos showcased a number of machine tool products under its iSolutions range. These products are intuitive and connected solutions that feature intelligent monitoring and adjustment features, which in turn optimise performance of the entire water system.

A key product of the iSolutions range is Grundfos’ E-motor, which comes with a built-in frequency converter and sensors that enable the motor to intuitively control pressure from the pump to match the system’s demand, ensuring optimum levels of operation at all times. This drives significant financial and energy efficiencies, in contrast to conventional systems that tend to run at constant speed and pressure throughout their operations, regardless of fluctuating demands.

With strengthening competitiveness and sustainability being key to the local machining industry’s projected growth of eight percent each year, Eric Lai, Grundfos’ Global Business Director, Machining Industry, said, “Grundfos is committed to helping Taiwan achieve its goals for intelligent machinery to enable manufacturers to offer more value-added services at greater productivity and environmentally friendly levels. The move towards Industry 4.0 is picking up pace, and it is crucial to consider new innovations that can greatly improve efficiencies.”

“With pumps accounting for 10 percent of the world’s electricity consumption, the opportunity to leverage Industry 4.0 to integrate intelligence into pump manufacturing and reduce both financial and environmental costs is unprecedented,” Eric Lai added.

According to Grundfos, the potential of intelligent pumps in the iSolutions range can help companies save energy by 40 to 50 percent

Grundfos Taiwan’s General Manager, Shih Hung Lin, said, “As global demand for Taiwan exports continue to rise, we anticipate smart development to be Taiwan’s next growth engine. iSolutions will be a key driver in the machining industry’s efforts to transform production to perform more effectively and efficiently.”

Grundfos’ CM-L pump, the latest variant the compact CM range was also launched. The new CM addition operates without a shaft seal, effectively eliminating the cause of pump downtime that could occur due to leakages as a result of mechanical seal failure. With the wear-and-tear of mechanical seals being one of the top causes for leaking pumps, the CM-L pump is expected to drastically reduce incidences of downtime, repair and maintenance.

It is worth noting that the CM-L is also a low-noise pump, due to the removal of the traditional motor fan and is ideal for Laboratories, IT servers and Data Centers. This feature also has strong appeal to a wide range of applications in the industrial sector, such as wire cutting.

 

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Increasing Productivity And Quality Gains Through Digitalisation

Increasing Productivity And Quality Gains Through Digitalisation

Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News is pleased to conduct an interview with Hendrie Viktor, Regional Director at ZEISS Southeast Asia regarding current trends in the manufacturing and metrology industry.

1) Could you provide us with an overview of the current trends regarding the manufacturing industry in Asia?

In an attempt to soften the effects of globalisation, productivity and quality gain drives are most evident. Competing with neighbouring companies are no longer enough to secure one’s business interests. Through globalisation and commoditisation to some degree, the bar on price and quality has been raised exponentially. As a result, some manufacturing industries were adversely affected by consolidation. In my opinion, Asia in particular has been subjected to this harshly but responded well over the past decade—a great example are the quality gains on “Made in China” over the last few years. The relentless expectations on price competitiveness and quality standards has reached a point where traditional, incremental cost and quality gains are no longer enough and reaping the benefits of smart manufacturing or industry 4.0 is crucial.

2) To keep up with these manufacturing trends, what are the newest developments or technological advancements in ZEISS’s metrology solutions?

We address our customer’s ever-increasing productivity and quality requirements through solutions that enable manufacturers to inspect or measure faster and more frequently than before. Gone are the days of random sampling in a quality lab. In-process inspection and shop floor metrology have brought significant time savings and quality gains. Multi-purpose measuring instruments have replaced the need for multiple set-up’s, and workflow solutions have brought insights into manufacturing processes and quality that were previously unseen.

ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions has been and still is at the forefront of the inspection and dimensional metrology transformation and plan to keep it this way moving forward. We continue to make significant investments, at least 10 percent of our revenue, into R&D annually in order to continue to deliver market-shaping innovations.

3) With increasing digitalisation of the manufacturing sector, what are the main challenges faced by the metrology industry?

Firstly, the sudden shift can be overwhelming and we’ve seen countless processes being digitalised for the sake of it—with huge amounts of digital data being collected, but not put to good use. Determining where, when and how frequently digital data needs to be collected as well as how it will be put to valuable use is crucial but it remains a great challenge for many since skill shortages in the field of digitalisation exists. There is also data and platform incompatibility, or rather standardisation hurdles to overcome as suppliers mostly develop their own Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platforms. Lastly, data handling and security still deters many companies from taking that leap.

4) How do you think these challenges can be overcome?

Relevant education and continued learning will go a long way towards addressing hesitation and will help ensure digitalisation efforts pay off. I see the need for industry and universities or technical schools to work hand in hand. That will stimulate the need for faster adoption. Alliances between machine manufacturers can address platform and standardisation issues to unlock IIoT benefits. Such an example can be seen in the recently founded ADAMOS alliance, of which ZEISS is a founding member of.

5) Moving forward, where do you think the industry is headed in the next five to 10 years?

With the pace of today’s change, it would be difficult to even predict this with some degree of certainty. I think the value-add from productivity and quality gains through digitalisation and new manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing is going to be tremendous that consolidation is going to happen on a much broader scale. I see low volume, high mix through flexible manufacturing becoming a norm and thus bringing manufacturing closer to the end user, further reducing non-value-added costs. This will call for a very different approach to metrology.

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Vietnam Supports Domestic Automotive Manufacturing

Vietnam Supports Domestic Automotive Manufacturing

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasised that development of the domestic automobile industry is necessary to achieve a self-reliant economy, during a meeting to discuss development of the country’s automotive sector. PM Phuc states that the government aims to increase localisation rate in automotive manufacturing and apply modern technologies during manufacturing processes as the industry moves towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Currently, more than 90 percent of car accessories and parts are supplied by foreign companies. The low localisation ratio and tax policies have resulted in high car prices which have hindered the development of the automotive industry. However, given the increase in income demographic and infrastructural improvements, the demand for cars are expected to rise. In fact, the automobile market is predicted to grow by 10 percent in 2019.

As such, the government will continue to revise institutional framework and work on favourable, long-term policies for automobile manufacturers and enable more local enterprises to participate in the automobile production chain.

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