Advanced Manufacturing Commemoration Ceremony

04 April 2017
Advanced Manufacturing Commemoration Ceremony

On 04 April 2017, the Advanced Manufacturing Commemoration Ceremony was held at the Singapore expo in conjunction with the opening ceremony of Manufacturing Technology Asia 2017. 

The ceremony brought together 25 leading companies across key industries who have made strategic advanced manufacturing investments in Singapore. It reflects the critical mass of advanced manufacturing investments that have been anchored in Singapore, and serves to rally the next wave of industry leaders to partner Singapore in writing the next chapter of their manufacturing story.

The ceremony was officiated by Guest-of-Honour Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry. In her opening speech, she said the government is committed to invest in advanced manufacturing technologies, and support its adoption by companies here. "Advanced manufacturing presents significant opportunities for our economy, companies and people. The government will work closely with key stakeholders, including the industry, institutes of higher learning and industry associations, to build and sustain a globally competitive manufacturing sector in Singapore. Events such as the MTA, serve as a useful and important platform for key stakeholders to exchange ideas, and discuss how we can work together to drive the industry’s push towards advanced manufacturing."

"The advent of advanced manufacturing technologies presents Singapore with an opportunity to sustain and enhance a globally competitive manufacturing sector,” said Mr Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board. “It’s a critical next step that Singapore must take, and I am delighted we have achieved early successes with a critical mass of advance manufacturing investments. Moving forward, we will continue partnering companies to transform their business, and also equip Singaporeans with the skills needed to take on exciting jobs in the sector."

Manufacturing Technology Asia 2017 runs from 4th to 7th April. Featuring 301 companies from over 26 countries, the event aims to bring together business leaders to gain new insights and ideas to adopt advanced manufacturing in their operations.

The Committee on the Future Economy has identified advanced manufacturing as one of the six key growth clusters to future-proof Singapore’s economy. The manufacturing sector currently accounts for about 20% of gross domestic product, and 14% of total employment in Singapore.

Manufacturer

Technology Provider

Alcon Asian Manufacturing & Logistics Pte Ltd
Mark Chua, General Manager
ABB Pte Ltd
Johan de Villiers, Managing Director, Singapore and Southeast Asia
 
Chevron Oronite Pte Ltd
Goh Koon Eng, General Manager
Accenture Pte Ltd
Senthil Ramani, Global Technology Lead for Chemicals and Natural Resources, Managing Director, IoT Centre of Excellence
Dyson
Scott Maguire, Global Engineering Director
(on behalf of Jim Rowan, Chief Operating Officer)
 
Emerson Automation Solutions
Ron Martin, Asia Pacific President
General Electric International Inc
Wouter Van Wersch, President & CEO, ASEAN
Honeywell Process Solutions
Jeff Zindel, Vice President and General Manager
 
GlobalFoundries Singapore Pte Ltd
KC Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager
McKinsey & Company Singapore Pte Ltd
Matteo Mancini, Partner and Managing Partner, Operations Practice, Southeast Asia
 
Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Roxane Desmicht, Senior Director, Corporate Supply Chain
 
Siemens Pte Ltd
Raimund Klein, Executive Senior Vice President, Country Lead for Digital Factory and Process Industries and Drives
 
Makino Asia Pte Ltd
Neo Eng Chong, CEO & President
 
The Boston Consulting Group Pte Ltd
Jeffrey Chua, Senior Partner and Managing Director
 
Meiban Group
Carol Goh, Chief Executive Officer
TUV SUD Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Dr Andreas Hauser, Director, Digital Service|
 
Micron Technology, Inc.
Wayne Allan, Global Manufacturing Vice President
 
Yokogawa Engineering Asia Pte Ltd
Kazuhiko Takeoka, Managing Director
 
PBA Group
Derrick Yap, Chief Executive Officer
 

 

Pepperl+Fuchs Group
Dr. Gunther Kegel, Chief Executive Officer
 

 

Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific Business Centre Pte Ltd
Yeoh Pit Wee, Director of Operations, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa
 

 

Seagate Technology
KianFatt Chong, Senior Vice President of Global HDD Operations
 

 

Shell Companies in Singapore
Goh Swee Chen, Chairman
 
 
Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd
Dr. Yip Yuen Cheong, Executive Vice President
 

 

Sumitomo Chemical Asia Pte Ltd
Satoshi Takazawa, Managing Director
 

 

 

Selection of quotes from participants at the Advanced Manufacturing Commemoration Ceremony

Manufacturers

Chevron Oronite Pte Ltd
Since January 2016, Chevron Oronite has installed a Pervasive Sensing Infrastructure to improve energy efficiency, site safety and labour productivity. The use of a wireless plant network with mobile tracking devices for employees is expected to save 30,000 man hours each year. Chevron will also implement future smart projects, such as the use of data analytics to optimize and automate maintenance practices.

Goh Koon Eng, General Manager
"Technology advancement had enabled us to not only do things differently but more efficiently and effectively. We had done a lot in the past many years in the area of plant safety, reliability and efficiency where we had pretty much plateaued and not reaping the returns versus the investment. In order to reach the next level, we have to leverage available technology out there for Smart Manufacturing. Challenge for us is to figure out the right technology that makes sense for our business."

Dyson
Dyson recently launched its new Technology Centre and announced that it is investing S$587 million in its future in Singapore over the next few years. This new centre will focus on developing new advanced manufacturing technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, fluid dynamics and vision systems. It also has an advanced manufacturing Digital Motors facility in Tuas, that comprises of fully-automated production lines capable of manufacturing 13 million highly precise motors a year. This is enabled by weapons-grade equipment, customised robotics solutions and prescriptive analytics.

Scott Maguire, Global Engineering Director
"It is no coincidence that we are deepening our investment in Singapore to achieve our technology ambitions. Right here, some of the world’s brightest minds are working on artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, fluid dynamics, vision systems to bring hardware, electronics and software together. The Singapore team is part of a global team of 3,500 engineers and scientists as we scale up our core capabilities in a broad range of engineering disciplines including connectivity, motors, sensors, electronics, robotics, navigation, software and purification."

General Electric International Inc
In Singapore, GE Aviation Engine Services has implemented additive manufacturing technologies at its repair facility, incorporating laser cladding processes for more than 10 years.  In 2016, GE invested another S$110M to spearhead technology development and advanced research in automation and robotics in the repair facility. It is also working to develop “Brilliant Factories” around the world, through lean manufacturing and advanced analytics.

Wouter van Wersch, President & CEO, ASEAN
"In line with the recommendations from the Committee on the Future Economy, GE is fully committed to improving business productivity for our manufacturing customers in Singapore. Being in Singapore for over 48 years, GE has implemented automation technologies and additive manufacturing to improve productivity in our local maintenance and repair facilities. Our domain expertise in machines and industry uniquely positions us at the intersection of machines and software - we know how to build digital industrial solutions with proven productivity."

GlobalFoundries Singapore Pte Ltd
Over the last 4 years, GlobalFoundries Singapore has invested more than $1B in Singapore by increasing its volume production, migrating to higher value added products in both 300mm and 200mm fabs, and diversifying its product mix through new processes, technologies and materials. It has also introduced new autonomous robotics and automation to reduce its reliance on direct labour.

KC Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager
"We have shown our commitment investing more in Singapore and strengthening our strategic partnership with the Singapore Government, especially the EDB. In this journey that we have embarked together, we are pleased to have continuously transformed ourselves embracing competitive and differentiated manufacturing and creating meaningful jobs through these years in Singapore. We remain confident of our future long-term partnership and prospects in Singapore as well."

Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Infineon will be investing 70 million euros (S$105.2m) over 5 years to develop a ‘smart factory’ at its manufacturing plant in Singapore. Dubbed the Smart Enterprise Program, Infineon’s productions here will be linked in real time to other production sites, and the assembly line will be increasingly automated to boost productivity with new technologies such as automated decision making for scheduling and dispatching, advanced process control, the use of robotics arms to manage testing boards and automated guided vehicles to transport materials. 

Roxane Desmicht, Senior Director, Corporate Supply Chain
"We embarked on the transformation to a smart enterprise going back as early as 2012, with early automation initiatives like Automatic Material Handling System (AMHS) and Automatic Store & Retrieve System (ASRS), followed shortly after with implementation of manufacturing execution system (MES). Infineon’s most recent initiatives focus on “connect-automate-control” and involve automated decision making for scheduling and dispatching, advanced process control, the introduction of robotics arm to manage testing boards, and AGVs to transport material from the AMHS to the equipment."

Makino Asia Pte Ltd
Makino Asia is transforming itself towards Advanced Manufacturing by building a future ‘Smart Factory’ that leverages IoT and automation. It has also launched a Workforce Transformation Initiative to equip its employees with the necessary skills to capitalize on new Advanced Manufacturing technologies.

Neo Eng Chong, CEO & President, Makino Asia Pte Ltd
"Smart manufacturing transformation is imperative to bringing Makino Asia to the next lap."

Meiban Group
Under the iSmart Factory project, Meiban has plans to invest about S$10 million to S$12 million to testbed solutions in robotics, automation and smart factory software. The ambition is to yield a 20 to 30% increase in productivity, with the aim of scaling these solutions in Meiban's factories in the region.

Micron Technology, Inc. 
With four manufacturing facilities in Singapore, Micron has a longstanding history of collaboration with the government dating as far back as 1998. Since then we have focused on integrating front-end manufacturing facilities producing silicon wafers with back-end sites conducting packaging and testing of the end-product memory chips, to create an overall Center of Excellence for 3D NAND flash memory technologies in the country.  In 2016, we announced a project that aims to expand the capacity of our 3D NAND facilities significantly, with a total projected investment of approximately $4B USD. 

Wayne Allan, Global Manufacturing Vice President
"We opened our new expanded 3D NAND flash memory fabrication facility in September 2016, with a total projected investment of approximately US$4 billion. The new facility is one of the world’s most advanced technology fabrication plants and is anticipated to more than double Micron’s capacity, once fully ramped."

PBA Group
PBA is building a smart factory in Singapore that has enabled it to manufacture in a high mix and low volume environment despite limited space (5000 square feet). The smart factory has already achieved a return on investment, resulting in a lower production cost per unit than PBA’s China factory.

Derrick Yap, Chief Executive Officer
"With the emerging industrial 4.0 economy, and resultant increased performance and reduced cost components, the attraction of low labour cost countries as a manufacturing hub is diminishing. PBA is confident that Singapore is best positioned to be an advanced manufacturing hub and we are fiercely committed to continue investing in Singapore’s advance manufacturing ecosystem."

Pepperl+Fuchs Group
Pepperl+Fuchs opened a S$65 million Global Distribution Center in Singapore in October 2016, which is equipped with leading-edge Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology to manage its global logistics processes more efficiently. The center has integrated the Intelligent Warehouse Management Software system and the world’s first IoT-enabled high bay Automated Storage and Retrieval System that is built directly on top of the pallet warehouse.

Dr. Gunther Kegel, Chief Executive Officer
"Facilitating a worldwide control tower function out of Singapore will enable us to manage the entire logistics process, which includes tracking, distribution, and production planning more efficiently by incorporating some of the latest Industry 4.0 concepts within our Global Distribution Center. The center includes one floor of manufacturing operations which the deployment of automated vehicles (AGV) automate the moving of both raw materials and finished goods between ASRS and the production lines. As the world is changing and moving towards digitalization in the manufacturing industry, we adopt to be the frontrunner of this change."

Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific Business Centre Pte Ltd
Rockwell implemented its Connected Enterprise initiative in its Asia Pacific Business Center as the centre was challenged with manual reporting, divergent networks, inefficient processes and a lack of integration between the operations and enterprise teams. After the implementation, the company successfully reduced capital expenditure by 20% annually and inventory from 115 to 70 days. Quality defects and supplier lead times were reduced by 50% and 25% respectively.

Yeoh Pit Wee, Director of Operations, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa
"Rockwell Automation is committed to combining all of our strengths to bring The Connected Enterprise to life. With our operations know-how, innovative spirit and networks, we are well positioned to partner our customers to realize the greatest value from advanced manufacturing technologies."

Seagate Technology
Seagate organized a special task force, consisting of 30 engineers and data analysts to research and explore full automation under the "Dream Factory" project. This is the first initiative in the industry that aims to transform Hard Disk Drive (HDD) manufacturing toward the advanced Industry 4.0 model.

KianFatt Chong, Senior Vice President of Global HDD Operations
"Seagate firmly believes and commits to transform its manufacturing processes by capitalizing the available resources in advanced technologies such as Robotics, IoT, Big Data, etc. to drive better operations efficiency in the future."

Shell Companies in Singapore
Shell has been actively piloting and implementing Advanced Manufacturing innovations in its Singapore manufacturing sites at Pulau Bukom and Shell Jurong Island. Examples include using drones for site inspections, data analytics and mechanisation to support maintenance activities, and setting up a pervasive Wi-Fi network that tracks where people and equipment are in the plant real-time.

Goh Swee Chen, Chairman
"Shell has been a technology pioneer for more than a century. In our Singapore manufacturing sites, Pulau Bukom and Shell Jurong Island, Shell has been actively piloting and implementing innovations. This ranges from using drones for various inspections like that of elevated stacks and tanks to data analytics and mechanisation in support of maintenance activities. Given our significant manufacturing presence in Singapore, a supportive government and developed industry ecosystem, this gives us the confidence to make Singapore a leader in our company’s Advanced Manufacturing journey. These technologies and innovations can help us be safer, more reliable, more efficient and productive, as well as upskill our workforce with deep expertise to be future-ready."

Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd
ST Aerospace is investing in next-generation Passenger-to-Freighter conversion for the Airbus 330 and Airbus 320 aircraft, and in Smart Factory initiatives to digitalise and streamline its maintenance, repair and overhaul work processes. It is also building IIoT-enabled capabilities in 3D printing and data analytics to optimise operations and lower costs and turnaround time. 

Dr. Yip Yuen Cheong, Executive Vice President
"ST Aerospace is committed to further invest in aircraft engineering, modifications, maintenance, repair and overhaul business activities in Singapore. In addition, to raise productivity and to return greater value to our customers, we plan to invest in IIoT-enabled work tools and processes."

Sumitomo Chemical Asia Pte Ltd
Sumitomo launched a first-of-its-kind Internet of Things initiative in Singapore. This is expected to digitalise its plants, which will improve work efficiency, raise plant capacity utilization, and optimize energy conversion efficiency through predictive maintenance of equipment and promoting the use of smart devices by on-site workers. Sumitomo will also build a digital platform, that will bring greater visibility and sophistication to the Group’s global supply chain information management.

Satoshi Takazawa, Managing Directo
"Sumitomo Chemical’s 3-year Corporate Business Plan emphasizes the importance of business and work process innovation through IoT, as one of its strategic targets. Through the IoT project in Singapore, we expect to establish various novel technologies which can be globally applied among the group companies, thereby promoting innovations in the workplace and the way of our day-to-day business."

Technology Providers

ABB Pte Ltd
ABB launched a first-in-Asia Integrated Operations Center that monitors approximately 700 ships, analyses data, and works with the ship’s onboard and shore-side team to plan maintenance and troubleshoot. Sensors and software onboard a ship send equipment and performance data via satellite link, which allows ship owners, in collaboration with ABB’s engineers, to monitor the performance of whole fleets. 

Johan de Villiers, Managing Director, Singapore and Southeast Asia
"ABB is committed to encouraging the shift towards a more innovation-driven model for Singapore’s manufacturing industry and supporting its advanced manufacturing ambitions. These are exciting times where automation is revolutionizing the face of manufacturing and we are looking forward to sharing our know-how and helping companies become even more cost competitive while meeting the highest standards of productivity and quality."

Accenture Pte Ltd
Accenture's IoT Centre of Excellence in Singapore has hosted over 536 client visits in the last year and a half. From the Centre, the team has helped clients navigate digital, build transformational roadmaps and strengthen their internal Industry 4.0 knowledge and capabilities. Most recently, Accenture launched a digital transformation programme for Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. from Singapore. This month, with the support of the EDB, Accenture is publishing a white paper detailing key emerging digital skills that Singapore’s workforce will require to facilitate advanced manufacturing. 

Senthil Ramani, Global Technology Lead for Chemicals and Natural Resources & Managing Director, IoT Centre of Excellence
"Accenture has worked closely with Singapore and its institutions to shape the nation’s manufacturing agenda. Today, as digital becomes increasingly intertwined in the fabric of our economy and lives, we are addressing the most critical agents of any transformative change—people. Together with EDB, Accenture is defining the skills of the future, as well as a roadmap to prime Singapore’s strongest asset, it’s people, for the NEW."

Emerson Automation Solutions
Emerson Automation Solutions established its Global Pervasive Sensing Center of Excellence and its Global Additive Manufacturing Center (GAMC) in Singapore. The former is the control tower for Connected Services to deliver analytics software and monitor equipment performance in plants across the world. The GAMC leverages additive technologies to produce next-generation high-performance products and improve supply chain flexibility for low-volume and application-specific specials.

Ron Martin, Asia Pacific President
"Emerson Automation Solutions is committed to expanding IIoT and additive manufacturing capabilities in Singapore to better support industrial companies in Singapore and globally."

McKinsey & Company Singapore Pte Ltd
McKinsey & Company, in partnership with the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) launched the Digital Capability Centre (DCC) in Singapore, to help companies in Southeast Asia harness the powerful emerging technological changes brought about by Industry 4.0. The facility simulates a real life production facility of a gearbox manufacturer, showcasing its use of digital solutions in procurement, production and supply chain in the company’s transformation journey.

Siemens Pte Ltd
Siemens launched Siemens ZerOne.DesIgn™, the first of its kind for the controls and automations industry to offer consultancy services as well as the technical expertise to help companies in Southeast Asia achieve their Advanced Manufacturing vision, optimize their manufacturing processes, and digitalize their assets and machinery.

Raimund Klein, Executive Vice President, Country Lead for Digital Factory & Process Industries and Drives
"As a world leader in automation and Industry 4.0, we are able to draw on our expertise and strong portfolio in electrification, automation and digitalization to help manufacturers develop digitalization roadmaps. Through the consultancy, which is the first in the world, we aim to work closely with our customers here to achieve their vision to become faster, more efficient, and more flexible. This is our commitment to Singapore, promote the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies among industry players in the country. In Southeast Asia, manufacturers face stiffer competition and more challenges along the way – whether they are local small and medium enterprises or multi-national companies with small or big facilities. Regardless of size, companies are looking to be more competitive in the market and become strong players in the regional and global markets."

The Boston Consulting Group
BCG has launched its first Asian Innovation Centre for Operations (ICO) and Industry 4.0 Accelerator Program in partnership with the EDB. These investments include anchoring a global Industry 4.0 expert team in Singapore, deepening local expertise, and establishing a model factory that offers deep immersion and training on Industry 4.0 topics. These will help manufacturing companies in the region to transform their business models and operations with advanced technologies, new digital processes, and leading management practices.

Jeffrey Chua, Senior Partner & Managing Director
“BCG is committed to bring the best of BCG to support Singapore in its drive to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies and transform its manufacturing sector. We have built a global expert team and are in the process of setting up our first Innovation Center of Operations in Asia here in Singapore. The team is now working closely with both MNCs and local manufacturers to transform their operations and business models with advanced manufacturing and digital technologies.”

TUV SUD Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
TUV SUD opened a new digital service Centre of Excellence, its first digital service centre outside Germany, with a commitment to invest over S$40 million in Singapore over the next 3 years. The centre will address emerging areas such as Autonomous Driving, Smart Buildings and Infrastructure, Sensor Networks, and Industrie 4.0. During this three-year period, TUV SUD also plans to recruit more than 50 research engineers, data analysts, industrial cyber security and embedded systems specialists and functional safety experts. 

Dr. Andreas Hauser, Director, Digital Service
"Advanced manufacturing or Industrie 4.0 is one of the key strategic areas within new services around safety, security and reliability are being developed, piloted and rolled out in Singapore, in Asia Pacific and ultimately on a global scale. The proliferation of new technology can only happen if it can be used in a safe, secure and reliable manner."

Yokogawa Engineering Asia Pte Ltd
Yokogawa Engineering Asia opened its first Co-Innovation Centre in Singapore in the first quarter of 2016. The centre will focus on the development of new industry solutions with clients to boost next generation industrial automation process capabilities with big data processing and analytics from the integration of information technology and operation technology to improve plant predictability, thereby contributing to the reduction of maintenance costs and operating expenditures. 

Kazuhiko Takeoka, Managing Director
"The Industries are in dire need for a breakthrough technology to process big data available from the integration of information technology and operation technology (IT-OT) and apply it back to the industrial automation systems. Yokogawa will make certain our R&D investments remain relevant and creates new value with our clients through the development of next-generation capabilities and technologies to process large amount of information available from new sensor technology and to achieve better predictable, highly adaptable and vertically integrated advanced manufacturing processes."

 

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