15 DECEMBER 2016 : FOOD 4 FUTURE INNOVATION NETWORK AND SIRIM INNOVATION MANAGEMENT STANDARD LAUNCHED TO FURTHER ASSIST LOCAL SMEs

SIRIM introduces two more strategic initiatives, the Food 4 Future Innovation Network and SIRIM Innovation Management Standard in its continuous efforts toward achieving increased productivity and sustainable growth among local SMEs through technology and innovation.

The initiatives were launched by Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Wira Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah here today. Also present were SIRIM Chairman Tan Sri Dr. Ir. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, FASc, and President & Group Chief Executive of SIRIM, Dato’ Dr. Zainal Abidin Mohd Yusof.

The Food 4 Future Innovation Network is a network of interconnected and integrated functions and operations by SMEs involved in food processing sector. The network is mediated by scientific partners, SIRIM and Fraunhofer IAO of Germany which will be responsible in the development of innovations to achieve SMEs’ growth and competitive advantage.

The innovation network also aims to establish a trust-based network to foster long-term collaboration and initiate sharing of experiences between the SMEs, as well as a platform of benefits and support available from the research-industry collaboration.

Meanwhile, the SIRIM Innovation Management Standard, known as SIRIM 8: 2016 – Guidance Towards Becoming an Innovative Organisation, is a standard that provides guidance to Malaysian manufacturing and service industries on how to build an innovative organisation through innovation activities and culture derived from a structured innovation process.

This standard is aimed to provide general guidance to organisation that wishes to undertake innovation regardless of its sector, size and type. The standard describes innovation activities and techniques from the exploration of ideas to screening, product development and testing, and market launch.

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau in his speech, delivered by Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Wira Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah during the launch said the Ministry lauded the role played by SIRIM when it launched SIRIM Industrial Innovation Model through the SIRIM-Fraunhofer Strategic partnership, which adopts and adapts the principles of Germany’s Fraunhofer model on applied research for the development of SMEs.

“In this model, SIRIM in collaboration with its strategic partners and industry will provide innovation services in the areas encompassing research and development and market penetration to nurture the growth of SMEs,” he said.

On the newly launched SIRIM standard, he also said that organisations need to put in place an innovation ecosystem consisting of appropriate infrastructure, access to knowledge, technologies, finance and collaborators.

SIRIM Chairman Tan Sri Dr. Ir. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali said SIRIM has formed a strategic alliance with Fraunhofer to assist Malaysian SMEs by creating an innovation-focused ecosystem. Based on Fraunhofer’s model, SIRIM developed a model for local SMEs known as the SIRIM Industrial Innovation Model.

“Several initiatives have been drawn up under the SIRIM Industrial Innovation Model, one of them is the Innovation Network, which is a platform to foster collaboration with research organisations such as SIRIM,” he said.

Tan Sri Ahmad Tajuddin said SIRIM also developed a new program to address the weaknesses observed in SMEs, particularly the food and beverage industry.

He also said that the launching of SIRIM Innovation Management Standard represents a market-driven initiative to address innovation in the industry.

“SIRIM, in the last three years, has been offering services to develop Company and Association standards. In areas where consensus goes beyond association and company, we develop the SIRIM Industry Standard,” he said.

Source: Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation