They raised the suggestion during a seminar on “robotic and mechatronic technology in the fourth industrial revolution: demand and solutions for Vietnamese firms”, which was co-hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Planning and Investment in Hanoi on August 21.
The MoIT reported that the number of Vietnamese enterprises using new technologies, especially core ones in industry 4.0 in manufacturing, remains modest.
As over 97% of domestic businesses are micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), they have met difficulties regarding capital, technological expertise, human resources and innovation capacity while their linkage with sci-tech organisations remains limited.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Cao Quoc Hung suggested that foreign scientists, domestic universities and research institutes should work closely together to conduct scientific studies, open training courses, and hold scientific seminars.
He also expected them to offer advices to Vietnamese enterprises in the process of renovating manufacturing technologies and developing new products.
Ho Anh Van, Dean of the Materials Science Faculty under the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), said apart from industrial production, robots could be used in agriculture, fruit picking, health care, care for the elderly and surgery
He added that JAIST is partnering with Vietnamese researchers to pilot manufacturing robots and hoped that they could be used more widely in the country in the near future.
The event attracted hundreds of Vietnamese technological experts and scientists from countries worldwide.