Western Digital first in Malaysia to adopt 4IR

Western Digital’s factory in Batu Kawan, Penang has made it to the community of world-leading companies that have succeeded in the adaptation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) at scale.

For that, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has recognised and awarded the Western Digital factory as the first entrant from Malaysia to its Global Lighthouse Network (GLN).

The company applied technology innovations such as artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, advanced analytics and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – to achieve transformational change at its facility in Batu Kawan. This includes automating production and logistics to deliver 32 per cent factory cost improvement, reducing product inventory and order lead time by 50 per cent.

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