The move towards Industry 4.0 will bring about rapid technology advancements, change the nature of work and increase the demand for a skilled workforce. Thailand, being the second largest manufacturer in ASEAN will see an incremental growth of US$50 billion (1.6 trillion baht) for its manufacturing sector in terms of productivity gains in 2028 by embracing Industry 4.0 technologies, according to a study by Cisco and A.T. Kearney. While Industry 4.0 technologies presents new opportunities for businesses, the importance of developing a skilled labour to address the challenges of Industry 4.0 cannot be ignored.


Together with the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangkok, Thailand – the “Industry 4.0: Impact on Technology and Workforce” Dinner Talk is an exclusive initiative started by TUM Asia and FESTO whose objective is to raise awareness and cultivate interaction within the industry, academic and political landscape to exchange expertise and knowledge.



Event Details
Date:     11 June 2019, Tuesday
Time:     6:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue:  Grand Ballroom, Hotel Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit, Thailand

(566 Phloen Chit Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330)
Fee:       Complimentary


Who Should Attend
Participants who are:

• Middle & Senior Management
• Interested to drive Industry 4.0 developments in Thailand and across the region


6:30pm             Registration & Light Refreshments


7:10pm             Welcome Address
Dr Alexander Raubold

                          Counsellor Economic and Commercial Affairs
                          Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany


7:20pm             “Preparing Our Workforce for Industry 4.0”
                          Dr Markus Wächter
                          Managing Director, Technical University of Munich (Asia Campus)     


7:40pm             “Technologies and Competencies for Tomorrows’ Companies”
                          Mr Volker Schmid
                          Head of Asia Pacific, Festo Didactic SE


8:00pm             Question & Answer Session


8:10pm             Dinner Reception & Networking


9:30pm             End of Session


“Technologies and Competencies for Tomorrows’ Companies”


In this world of rapid technology disruption, enterprises can no longer rely on sending employees for off-the shelf training programmes to meet their immediate and longer-term manpower skilling needs. Such programmes often have limited transfer of learning and ROIs at the workplace. Festo, a leading world-wide supplier of automation technology and performance leader in industrial training and education programs has a dedicated arm, Festo Didactic, to spearhead basic and further skills development for manufacturing and process automation. This session will elaborate on Festo Didactic’s approach on Industry 4.0, how it shapes business models, and the requisite employee profile and portfolio of skills and dispositions for continued business success. Festo Didactic’s philosophy on training and development, anchored on active learning based on actual products and training factories, will be discussed.  New evolving ways of developing Industry 4.0 philosophies such as use of gamification, on-the-job coaching, and ongoing challenges encountered will also be shared.





Mr Volker Schmid
Head of Asia Pacific
Festo Didactic SE



Mr. Volker Schmid, having a graduate engineering degree in Mechatronics and Automation Engineering from Esslingen University, Germany, with post graduate studies and living experiences in Singapore and Asia during the past eighteen years, is currently holding the position of the Head of Asia and Pacific for the company of Festo Didactic SE, being the educational arm of Festo. During the past fifteen years, Mr. Schmid has been developing the educational market for Festo Didactic in Asia, Middle East and some parts of Africa, supported by various publications in the fields of curricula design, holistic approaches of training and excellence centres as well as others.










“Preparing Our Workforce for Industry 4.0”


Industry 4.0 has caused individuals and companies to re-envision what are future skills and capabilities that will be required to remain relevant and employable. Workers will be required to master new skills ranging from using complex technology platforms to different ways of working and interreacting with colleagues. It is imperative for companies to understand the changing dimensions of the future of work and implement the right strategies in their workforce training approaches.


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Dr Markus Waechter
Managing Director
Technical University of Munich (Asia)



Dr. Markus Wächter is the Managing Director of TUM Asia, the subsidiary of the Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich, TUM) in Singapore. Dr. Wächter has over 10 years of experience heading the institute, which was set up as the first German academic venture abroad in 2002. During his time in Singapore, Dr. Wächter has also set up TUM CREATE, a research center currently focusing on working towards the Ultimate Public Transport System. TUM CREATE has previously unveiled its electric taxi, codenamed EVA, which is designed specifically to withstand the tropical road conditions of Singapore. Dr. Wächter himself is an alumnus of the TUM, where he completed his degree in Mathematics with a subsidiary in Physics and subsequently received his Doctoral degree in Engineering from the Technische Universität München (TUM) in 2004.



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