Brazil preps advanced manufacturing plan

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Brazilian government plans to develop an advanced manufacturing plan by the second half of 2017.

The plan's guidelines were published in a white paper this week by the MCTIC and MDIC ministries. One of the most striking features of advanced manufacturing is the use of sensors that let manufacturers follow the complete life cycle of products with updates on performance and maintenance issues.

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"Among the opportunities created by the new technological frontier is the increase in productivity, reduction in costs, energy efficiency, increased security, fewer mistakes, and business transparency at an unprecedented scale," said MDIC executive secretary Marcos Jorge de Lima.

The white paper is the result of workshops and contributions from 300 officials, corporate executives, experts and researchers, MCTIC said. A public consultation process will be carried out before the plan is finalized.

At a September event in São Paulo, Rafael Moreira, head of innovation technologies at MDIC, citing a McKinsey study, said advanced manufacturing can reduce equipment maintenance costs by 40%, power consumption by 20% and improve work efficiency by 25%.

On the occasion, he told BNamericas that the government would present a public-private partnership program tailor-made for tech-related projects, especially smart cities initiatives.


In related news, Brazil expects to unveil a national internet of things (IoT) plan by March, the result of a partnership between MCTIC and development bank BNDES. The project will also be put to public consultation.

Meanwhile, a bill to create policy for information security, focusing on cybersecurity and data protection, is expected in the coming weeks, after which it will also to go through consultation.