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High-tech industry is in the crosshairs of Ho Chi Minh City.
Ten LED chip machines (light emitting diode in English or light-emitting diode in French) are operating at full power in a 400 m² room at the Diên Quang High-Tech Factory (DQH). After a verification of the technical parameters, these chips are automatically transferred to the assembly workshop for the next steps.
Commissioned in 2019, this automatic production line can produce 28,000 chips in one hour, or 150 million per year, and only needs one supervising engineer. Reporting to the eponymous Sarl specializing in the manufacture of light bulbs, DQH is based in the High Technology Park of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon Hi-Tech Park – SHTP). She is the 5and plant of its parent company to be equipped with modern machinery meeting international standards.
According to its director Trân Bá Linh, over the past three years, investment in production chains has helped the company to be more competitive in its exports to demanding markets such as Europe and the United States.
Significant productivity gains
Diên Quang Sarl is among the many companies in Ho Chi Minh City that have invested heavily in the application of high technology in manufacturing industries to reduce their dependence on imported components and accessories, at the same time increasing their productivity and improve the quality of their products.
Datalogic Vietnam is another example. A wholly Italian and American-owned company based at the SHTP, it is the main factory of the Datalogic group – one of the three largest bar code reader manufacturers in the world. Equipped with machines allowing automation up to 80%, Datalogic Vietnam assumes 75-80% of the total manufacturing of barcode readings of its parent company. Its products are exported mainly to Europe and America.
In addition to investing in its production lines to improve product quality, Datalogic Vietnam is also accelerating digitalization. One of the most effective applications she uses is automatic work assignment by artificial intelligence, allowing her to distribute tasks for workers on a daily basis, without the need for human operators. Before this system was put into service, the plant had to mobilize at least 50 team leaders in charge of this activity.
“Datalogic has five factories, in Vietnam, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and the United States. Datalogic Vietnam is equipped with high-tech production lines transferred from the parent company. With this investment, the factory ensures accuracy, reduces errors and manual labor.”shares Trân Tiên Phát, General Manager of Datalogic Vietnam.
Invest to be more attractive
Ho Chi Minh City is determined to lead the country in innovation by 2025. With this ambition, it wants the contributions of economic sectors applying high technology and digital to represent around 30% of its Regional Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
In order to achieve this objective, investments will have to be strategic and planned for the long term. Thus, the megalopolis of the South is in the process of developing several projects aimed at encouraging the development of high technology, including the Institute of Advanced Technologies and the Center for Innovations. It also seeks to arrange land for the construction of new high-tech parks to attract strong investors in this area.
The city is accelerating the creation of a 300 ha high-tech supporting industries park to create an ecosystem of supporting industries for the development of these cutting-edge technologies.
Partial view of the Ho Chi Minh City High Tech Park.
In Ho Chi Minh City, the SHTP is a popular destination for high-tech companies. The site currently has 165 operational projects for a total capital of 8.6 billion USD. Among them are factories of large multinationals such as Samsung, Intel… Founded in 2002, the SHTP is one of the country’s three high-tech parks. So far, its production value has reached nearly 108 billion USD. Its productivity is 6.6 times higher than the city average and nearly 17 times higher than the national average.
According to Nguyên Anh Thi, head of the site management committee, the SHTP gives priority to projects with advanced and clean technologies, and equipped with modern enterprise management. It focuses in particular on the following four areas: microelectronics-computing-telecommunications; precision mechanics and automation; biotechnologies applied to the pharmaceutical industry and the environment; new energies, new materials
For the period 2021-2025, the site estimates to reach around 3 billion USD in more than 50 projects, including one or two from the largest high-tech groups in the world. It also coordinates with the services concerned to implement the work of a 170 ha science park with the aim of developing an innovation ecosystem capable of attracting projects with high scientific and technological content.
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