Emirates News Agency – Abu Dhabi launches ‘Smart Manufacturing Index’ to facilitate transition to Industry 4.0

ABU DHABI, 20th November, 2022 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has announced the launch of the “Abu Dhabi Smart Manufacturing Index”, which guides and facilitates the transition of industry players sector towards Industry 4.0 technologies, applications and methods as part of its deployment of the initiatives and objectives defined by the Abu Dhabi industrial strategy.

Reaffirming the attributes of Abu Dhabi’s Industrial Strategy, which was launched in June, the Government of Abu Dhabi’s efforts to accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0 by all manufacturing and industrial players aim to transform the state industry as it aligns with international benchmarks and best practices. The launch of the “Abu Dhabi Smart Manufacturing Index” provides a critical and comprehensive framework to assess the capabilities of industrial facilities, identify gaps and recommend practical steps to achieve targeted Industry 4.0 maturity.

To drive innovation and improve competitiveness in the industrial sector, the index equips manufacturers with the knowledge and training to begin a transformation journey towards Industry 4.0 and scale with speed and quality. It breaks down sophisticated concepts into six building blocks to provide a clear, easy-to-follow roadmap, which begins with assessing the current state of a production facility, followed by ways to increase readiness levels, proposed steps needed to transform their facilities and identify optimal production solutions to help reap the gains of shifting to advanced manufacturing.

Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of ADDED, said: “Abu Dhabi’s industrial strategy has ushered in a new era, not only for the manufacturing sector, but for the entire economic landscape of the region. To further enhance a smart, circular and sustainable economy, we are forging ahead to take manufacturing to the next level by enabling industrial facilities to keep pace with the latest trends and solutions.

Al Shorafa further explained, “Supported by strong fundamentals and a unique business ecosystem, Abu Dhabi continues to cement its status as a leading industrial hub in the region. We believe it is of paramount importance to equip manufacturers with vital, transparent and efficient mechanisms to transition to Industry 4.0 technologies and applications in order to drive future growth and anticipate changes in demand and demand. the offer. The “Abu Dhabi Smart Manufacturing Index” addresses all aspects of the transition to the manufacturing methods of tomorrow.

Since the launch of the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy, ADDED has rolled out initiatives and partnered with leading global institutions to achieve the strategy’s ambitious goals, including the targeted growth of the sector to AED172 billion. , creating 13,600 new jobs and increasing non-oil exports to AED178.8 billion by 2031.

ADDED recently launched the Land Incentives program, which offers long-term lease agreements for industrial land through rental discounts with rates as low as AED 5 per square meter to promote the growth and development of manufacturers in improving capital expenditure and cash flow management.

ADDED has also expanded the Energy Tariff Incentive Program (ETIP 2.0) by offering preferential tariffs for gas and electricity to the industrial sector based on eligibility criteria which include economic impact, rate of emiratization and the efficiency of energy management.

In addition, ADDED continues to collaborate with key global players to improve the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem and build the technical capabilities of the industrial workforce to transition to Industry 4.0 technologies, including including the training and development of talent and specialists.

In the first six months of 2022, ADDED’s Industrial Development Board (IDB) assessed the readiness of 76 facilities to transition to Industry 4.0 technologies.

The IDB manages the “Abu Dhabi Smart Manufacturing Index” and will work closely with manufacturers and associated entities to ensure successful execution over the next period.

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