DTI taps Bosch to develop pilot factory

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, particularly on the development of Pilot Factory, and modernize the country’s manufacturing sector. 

DTI Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual highlighted the partnership for the development of a Pilot Factory based on state-of-the art industry standards as it will establish lab experiences that simulate real-world manufacturing environments and integrating topics such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and digital manufacturing. Bosch is a German multinational engineering and technology company with comprehensive expertise in vehicle technology with hardware, software, and services to offer complete mobility solutions.

Held at the Bosch Rexroth Regional Training Center in Singapore, the MOU signing on June 7 marked 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. 

“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 serve as an experiential learning laboratory, equipped with automation technologies powered by Bosch and other technology partners,” 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.  

GERMAN ENGINEERING FIRM TO HELP MODERNIZE PHLIPPINE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY – Shown in photo (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 during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding on June 7, 2024 in Singapore.