In a bid to build local capacity in the uptake of automated products, Centurion Systems Limited (CSL) and Mitsubishi Electric -Adroit Technologies, South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on September 1, 2016. The agreement will feature meetings with stakeholders in the manufacturing, water, agriculture and energy sectors as well as in academia to discuss the dynamics of each sector in relation to technology transfer. The outcome will be an effective plan in addressing productivity, efficiency and energy management through technology transfer.
The MoU focuses on areas like manufacturing, energy auditing and technology transfer institutions so as to create affordable and efficient technology sector solutions. Also, the deal seeks to create a center of excellence or a technology transfer center in an effort to address innovative solutions to enhance efficiency and productivity
Speaking at the signing ceremony, MD, Centurion Systems Limited, Dr Kevit Desai admitted that there is a serious problem in technical training specifically on how to maintain, install and repair technology. “From a Kenyan perspective, we have had a challenge towards promoting technology transfer or how to optimize the machinery technologies as we go forward to creating a greater capacity for industrialization,” he said.
“Additionally, in the energy sector, we also experience some issues in that, the energy auditors don’t have a good understanding of technology transfer whilst the industry themselves don’t understand how to integrate solutions that could lead to proper Returns on Investments (ROI),” remarked Dr. Kevit.
“ I am very excited of this partnership we have made today with CSL on promoting Mitsubishi automated products and wish to call on JICA to support Mitsubishi as we try to expand into other markets using Japan technology, stated Dave Wibberley, MD, Adroit Technologies. Mr Dave also requested Japan International Cooperation Agency to join this exciting initiative.
On his part, JICA, Senior Representative, Koji Noda expressed commitment to continue supporting such initiatives to aid economic diversification especially in the manufacturing sector. He stated that this will give and add value addition to the country and appreciate its importance.
Japan development role in automation sector has been exceeding well through established programs that support need for the industry. Presently, Centurion Systems Limited partnered with Japan Mitsubishi Electric to locally produce water pumps aimed at improving supply in the rural areas.