India-UAE MoU to boost advanced technologies like Additive Manufacturing usage in priority sectors

India and UAE has signed a memorandum of understanding or MoU to foster collaboration in advanced technologies usage like Additive Manufacturing for decarbonizing priority sectors.

India and UAE are entering a new phase of partnership and collaboration in advanced technologies usage in sectors like Industry 4.0.  Additive Manufacturing being one of the essential areas in Industry 4.0, will play a key role. 

On October 5, India and UAE signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for investment and collaboration in various technological fields including Supply Chain Resilience, Clean Energy Technology, Healthcare, Space, and Industry 4.0. This is likely to attract investments in Additive Manufacturing techniques and its applications in the respective sectors. 

The agreement signed between the two countries seeks to accelerate efforts towards decarbonizing the major industries and advance renewable energy adoption. 3D printing solutions could help in this process as they can be in different areas as a sustainable alternative to many conventional ways of manufacturing. 

The memorandum of understanding for sustainable industrial development was signed by the UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology  Dr. Sultan Al Jaber and the Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal at the Emirates Palace in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

The primary focus of the MoU is to facilitate industrial investments and technology transfer between the two countries by deploying key technologies like 3D printing in industries. 

Speaking about the matter, the UAE Advanced Technology Minister Al Jaber said that UAE is committed to “strengthening bilateral relations to enhance sustainable and economic growth” and the MoU is in line with the UAE leadership vision. 

“Given the UAE’s strong relationship with India across the economic, technological, and social domains, we are pleased to sign this MoU to further develop the industrial sector in line with advanced technology and sustainability standards. This aligns with the objectives of the national industrial strategy, and ‘Make it in the Emirates’ initiative, aimed at transforming the UAE into a global hub for advanced industry, especially industries of the future”, said Al Jaber. 

The Minister underlined how the MoU seeks to drive innovation in “technological solutions that support sustainability and climate neutrality efforts”. 

AM market in India vs UAE

Last year saw a few interesting AM developments in India whereas the UAE is investing millions of dollars in several vertical industries adopting AM technologies such as construction.

Made in India saw several Indian companies plunge into 3D printing space with 3D printed rocket engines, 3D printed cornea, 3D printed toilets and other such applications.  Many global companies like the ceramic 3D printing company Lithoz and Siemens expanded their footprint in India to explore 3D printing opportunities in the country. 

The UAE, on the other hand, made progress in adopting 3D printing in various spheres including 3D printing in crime solving, 3D-printed sneakers, 3D printed mosques and 3D printed knee implants

As AM companies in this market are looking to position themselves in the international scene, this MoU might create new opportunities for development in this regard. 

While the key areas of interest regarding the use of AM have yet to be confirmed, our guess is that Indian AM companies will put forward their developments in metal AM. 

The seven key areas where new technologies like 3D printing, AI, 4IR and similar technological advancements are needed confirm this key area of interest: 

  • standardization
  •  metrology
  • supply chain resilience
  • energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • health and life sciences
  • space systems
  • Industry 4.0

We will continue to monitor this space and see how India and UAE partnership in advanced technologies like Additive Manufacturing develops in the future. 

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