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Group photo at the Opening Ceremony of Metaltech & Automex 2024

The future of manufacturing arrived with METALTECH & AUTOMEX 2024, Southeast Asia’s largest event for the metalworking, machine tools, and automation industries. Held from the 15th to 18th May 2024, at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), this four-day event showcased Industry 4.0’s transformative power, aiming to propel Malaysia’s manufacturing sector towards a sustainable future.

The event opened with a ceremony attended by YBhg. Datuk Hanafi Sakri, Deputy Secretary General (Industry) of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). Also present were YBhg. Tan Sri Dato Sri Dr Hj Mohd Nasir Bin Mohd Ashraf, Organising Chairman of Informa Markets Malaysia, YBhg. Dato Dr Tan Chin Huat, Chairman of METALTECH & AUTOMEX, and Gerard Leeuwenburgh, Country General Manager of Informa Markets Malaysia. The ceremony underscored the event’s significance as a growth and innovation platform for Malaysia’s manufacturing sector.

In his keynote address, Datuk Hanafi highlighted Malaysia’s manufacturing growth, noting a remarkable 80.3% increase in investments, totaling RM152.0 billion. He emphasized the crucial role of METALTECH & AUTOMEX in driving Malaysia towards leadership in smart manufacturing and advanced technologies.

METALTECH & AUTOMEX 2024 featured over 1,500 brands and companies from 40 countries, attracting 18,000 trade buyers and visitors from 49 countries. Themed “Industry 4.0 Innovations: Powering Malaysia’s Manufacturing Future,” the event focused on Industry 4.0’s potential, with pavilions from industry leaders in Germany, South Korea, China, Singapore, and Taiwan showcasing automation, robotics, and digital manufacturing solutions.

“This year’s METALTECH & AUTOMEX goes beyond just speed,” said Mr. Gerard Leeuwenburgh, Country General Manager of Informa Markets in Malaysia. “The theme highlights how Industry 4.0 advancements can optimize processes, drive efficiency, reduce costs, and promote sustainability. Businesses can discover eco-friendly technologies that minimise environmental impact, achieving a future where efficiency and sustainability go hand-in-hand.”

The exhibition also included industry-leading seminars, providing valuable insights and knowledge-sharing opportunities. The opening ceremony featured a tour led by Datuk Hanafi, Dato Dr. Tan Chin Huat, and Gerard Leeuwenburgh, offering exhibitors a chance to present their technologies to key decision-makers.

METALTECH & AUTOMEX 2024 became a global stage for industry giants, with Aliran Tenaga leading product launches. Informa Markets Malaysia thanked all partners and sponsors, especially Gold Sponsor Monitor ERP Sdn Bhd, for their support in making the event a success.

METALTECH & AUTOMEX 2024 fostered collaboration, knowledge exchange, and business opportunities, accelerating the adoption of Industry 4.0 solutions and advancing Southeast Asia’s manufacturing future. For more information, please visit

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