From L to R: Bosch Philippines Managing Director Paulo Duarte, Bosch Rexroth ASEAN and Oceania President Michel Gunawan, Regional President for Bosch in Southeast AsiaVijay Ratnaparkhe, DTI Secretary Fred Pascual, PTIC-Singapore Commercial Counsellor Carla Grepo, and DTI Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba

Singapore –– On 07 June 2024, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with global manufacturing leader Bosch to harness cutting-edge technologies and sustainable practices that will drive the transformation of the country’s manufacturing sector.

The partnership highlights the development of a Pilot Factory based on state-of-the-art industry standards, establishing lab experiences that simulate real-world manufacturing environments and integrating topics such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and digital manufacturing.

Held at the Bosch Rexroth Regional Training Center in Singapore, the signing marks the DTI’s formal partnership with Bosch in pursuing science, technology, and innovation (STI)-driven industrialization. Among the key pillars of the Department’s STI approach include the widespread adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies and the continuous upskilling and reskilling of the Filipino workforce.

In photo: DTI Secretary Fred Pascual delivering his remarks during the MOU signing with Bosch

“Our partnership with Bosch represents our pivotal collaborations with both local and international partners and technology providers to build a robust Industry 4.0 ecosystem in the country. As we unveil the first state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 Pilot Factory in the Philippines, this factory will be will serve as an experiential learning laboratory, equipped with automation technologies powered by Bosch and other technology partners,” DTI Secretary Fred Pascual said.

Furthermore, the DTI chief also shared plans for the establishment of the country’s Center for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) this year, along with the promising plans to build the National Innovation Gateway. These programs will provide a comprehensive ecosystem and innovation infrastructure, aimed at fostering collaboration, driving innovation, and catalyzing growth through the convergence of industry, academia, startups, and government.

During the meeting, Regional President for Bosch in Southeast AsiaVijay Ratnaparkhe stated, “We are proud to collaborate with the DTI and together enhance the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in the Philippines. Through this partnership, we will help strengthen the Philippines’ industrial capabilities and readiness for advanced technologies, while promoting sustainable economic growth and resilience in a rapidly evolving industry.”

The MOU between DTI and Bosch represents a landmark collaboration aimed at building a robust Industry 4.0 ecosystem in the Philippines. With extensive expertise in various industrial sectors, Bosch provides a comprehensive range of products and services, including automation technologies, industrial hydraulics, electric drives, linear motion technology, assembly systems, and IoT solutions. ♦

Date of release: 11 June 2024