Professional body for the automotive sector, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), will be highlighting new technology in the sector and its impact on businesses at the upcoming premier trade event for the automotive and aftermarket industry, Automechanika Kuala Lumpur.

IMI South-East Asia senior manager Matthew Stuart will be speaking on the topic of ‘New Technology and the Challenges Facing Future Workshops’ on the first day of the event at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, on March 23.

“It is crucial that industry players understand how the development of new vehicle technology is changing and affecting businesses and the skills required.

“With the rapid pace of technology advancements and as new technology become increasingly complex, technicians will be required to know about the technology and electrical equipment within vehicles, beyond the mechanical aspects”, said Stuart.

IMI CEO Steve Nash said as Automechanika’s Global Skills Partner, the institute seeks to increase the awareness amongst employers and national decision makers through Automechanika’s global platform on the need for more skilled people and higher professional standards.

He added that IMI’s partnership with Automechanika underlines both organisations’ commitment to best practice and skills development throughout the international automotive supply chain and aftermarket by increasing vocational training, as well as recognising the talent and skills already working within the sector.

IMI offers over 300 technical and non-technical qualifications and accreditations across 600 training partners in more than 27 countries around the world.

In Malaysia, an average of 1,500 candidates are trained per year at partnering community colleges, automotive companies and education bodies.

Among IMI’s approved centres in Malaysia are Manfred Auto AcademyTekat Automotive Academy, Bermaz Motor Sdn Bhd, the distributor of Mazda vehicles as well as community colleges such as Kepala Batas Community College’s Technology Centre for Hybrid and Electric Vehicle and the Pekan Community College.



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