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Vietnam sees promising future with industrial robots

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:robotics? sensors? actuators? kinematics?

Vietnam could be on the path to establishing a profitable robotics industry if it continuous to pursue extensive research as it has over the last 25 years, according to a report by VietNamNet Bridge.

Tran Thanh Thuy, former Deputy Head of the Electronics, Informatics and Automation Research Institute, said that Vietnamese scientists have had significant achievements related to kinematics, sensors, actuators and intelligence control. However, available infrastructure remains outdated and the market is too small, making production costs too expensive.

Another major hurdle, Thuy points out, is the lack of government backing with no state policy encouraging the development of smart robots and similar products, leaving domestic enterprises clueless in investing in this industry.

Thuy emphasized how young Vietnamese are eager to pursue projects in the robotics field, as evidenced in the hundreds of teams from different universities joining national 'robocons' every year.

Vietnam's local frontrunner is Tosy, which was founded in 2002 and best known for its ping-pong playing bipedal humanoid robot Topio. Despite weak domestic support and limited technology resources, Tosy has been working on its goal of establishing a globally successful low-cost robot industry. These efforts are slowly getting recognition with foreign partners expressing interest in distributing Tosy's industrial robots. The fact that Tosy's robots cost a fraction of competitors' products has appealed to companies like Japan's Motoman.

Eager to compete with neighbouring countries, Vietnam announced late last year that it plans to set up an IC development programme in Ho Chi Minh City. The programme's target goals include advancing design and manufacturing prototypes, building reliable fabs, promoting local IC businesses as well as providing job opportunities for the growing Vietnamese workforce. (See Vietnam gearing up for global IC stage.) Back in April, a deal to set up IC design centres and train engineers was signed among the IC Design Research and Education Centre (ICDREC) and nine other universities and institutions. (See Vietnam universities team up on chip design.)

A steady stream of multinational companies have expanded operations in Vietnam attracted by low labour and manufacturing costs. (See Agilent opens repair, calibration lab in Vietnam, Fuji Xerox to open Vietnam outpost, XP Power opens green fab in Vietnam.)

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