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ADDED seeks to advance Industry 4.0 in Abu Dhabi

The companies signed an MoU to advance and share experiences in the fields of Industry 4.0 and sustainable manufacturing. (Image source: ADDED)

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and e& enterprise have formed a partnership

In an attempt to meet the goals of the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy (ADIS), the companies signed an MoU to advance and share experiences in the fields of Industry 4.0 and sustainable manufacturing.

The agreement was inked at the "1st Smart Manufacturing Incentives Programme's Awareness and Business Matching workshop" held by the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), the division of ADDED responsible for developing the industrial sector. Over 100 industry stakeholders attended the event, with more than 50% coming from manufacturing SMEs and the other participants coming from advising and technology companies.

The signed MoU aims to facilitate a smooth transition to Industry 4.0 technologies while encouraging sustainable practices and leveraging e& enterprise's expertise in cutting-edge technologies like cloud computing, cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to empower manufacturing enterprises in Abu Dhabi. 

The main objective of the MoU is to promote digital transformation in Abu Dhabi's manufacturing sector. The cooperation seeks to raise awareness of the advantages of Industry 4.0 and associated technologies within the industrial community by displaying new digital techniques and offering skill set development courses.

Additionally, both parties seek to identify collaboration opportunities to drive the adoption of Industry 4.0 in the industrial sector, focusing on the establishment of specialised centres, the creation of quality jobs, improving trade with global markets, and establishing Abu Dhabi as a competitive industrial hub in the region. These objectives are accomplished by leveraging enterprise platforms and services and the programmes and incentives provided by the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy.

To promote efficient communication and collaboration in carrying out the agreement, ADDED and e& enterprise will form a joint working group with representatives from both parties. To support research and information sharing, ADDED and e& enterprise will work together to create collaborative white papers and seminars that will increase awareness of sustainable manufacturing. The two parties will also look into ways to offer digital manufacturing solutions that will increase sustainability and boost operational effectiveness.

Arafat Al Yafei, executive director, Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), said, “We are pleased to partner with e& enterprise to provide a conducive environment to the industrial sector of Abu Dhabi to transition to smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 as well as encourage sustainability in the sector. This comes as part of our ongoing efforts to achieve the ambitious objectives of the ADIS, which aim to increase the size of investment in the industrial sector, create new quality jobs, and improve Abu Dhabi's trade with global markets, and strengthen its position as the region's most competitive industrial hub.”

Alberto Araque, CEO, e& enterprise IoT & AI, said, “We are delighted to collaborate with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development to lead the Industry 4.0 revolution and promote sustainable manufacturing practices in the emirate. This partnership signifies a significant milestone in driving innovation and digitalisation in the UAE. It underscores our dedication to empowering businesses to flourish in the digital era while fostering environmentally responsible methods.

“We strive to transform the manufacturing industry, advocate sustainable practices and contribute to Abu Dhabi's economic growth by harnessing our proficiency in IoT and AI solutions.”