The UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) and EDGE have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish the UAE’s first Industry 4.0 Enablement Centre aimed at promoting, enabling, and supporting the digital transformation and the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies across the country’s manufacturing sector.
The Ministry and EDGE will explore how the Enablement Centre can leverage what has been achieved by the EDGE Learning and Innovation Factory (LIF), state-of-the-art learning, innovation, and demonstration center for Industry 4.0, operational excellence, and advanced technology. Its offerings include learning, innovation, and demonstration to the wider industrial ecosystem.
The agreement was signed by Mr. Mohammed Al Qassim, Director of Technology Development and Adoption at MoIAT, and Mr. Reda Nidhakou, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Portfolio Management, EDGE, at the EDGE Learning and Innovation Factory, located in Abu Dhabi.
As part of this partnership, EDGE will host a series of initiatives, training courses, and programs at the facility from September this year with the aim of accelerating technology adoption in the industrial sector, enhancing collaboration within the UAE’s advanced technology ecosystem, and enabling the co-creation and development of innovative solutions among industry players.
“The agreement signed today is of great importance as it encourages technology adoption in the sector and will empower our industrial resilience, increase competitiveness, accelerate economic diversification and nurture a knowledge-based economy supported by advanced technology. Our partnership with EDGE is a testament to MoIAT’s objective to work with local industrial champions to encourage knowledge exchanges. We look forward to the continued upskilling of our national workforce and development of the national R&D ecosystem to achieve the objectives of our strategy.”
His Excellency Faisal Al Bannai, Chairman of the Board of Directors, EDGE, said that “The EDGE Learning & Innovation Factory is investing heavily in advanced technologies, innovation, and capacity building to provide a real-life testbed that offers a future-focused approach to digital transformation, operational excellence, and Industry 4.0, in order to be able to ignite data-driven organizations. We are committed to modernizing our ways of working and to deploying digital technologies and advanced manufacturing technologies at both corporate and factory levels respectively, in order to increase speed, efficiency, and resilience.”