Its commitment to innovation makes Singapore globally competitive.
Situated off the southern coast of Singapore is one of the world’s leading chemical manufacturing sites. Over 100 global petroleum, petrochemical and specialty chemical companies are housed on 12 square miles of land; most of which was reclaimed from the ocean in the 1990s as part of an ambitious move by the government to make Jurong Island the premier destination in Asia for multinational chemical companies.
It was a bold plan for a country that does not produce a single drop of oil. Today, Singapore is the world’s fifth largest refinery export hub and amongst the top ten global chemical hubs by export volume.
Innovating to stay ahead of the pack has always been in Singapore’s DNA. That entrepreneurial spirit has fuelled an ecosystem driving some of the most compelling advancements in manufacturing today – from robotics and additive manufacturing, to predictive analytics and artificial intelligence. It has also attracted multinational manufacturing firms to partner Singapore in testing, experimenting and trialling the latest technologies.
One such prominent player is Dyson. Last year, the British manufacturer set up a €360 million (S$578 million) research and development centre in Singapore to develop and implement new Industry 4.0 technologies in its regional facilities. The centre complements its advanced digital motors manufacturing facility in Singapore – Dyson’s first and only such plant in the world.
Taking the next leap in manufacturing
Today, Singapore has built a strong and diverse manufacturing base, with leadership positions in sectors such as aerospace, electronics, biomedical sciences and precision engineering.
Manufacturing remains a significant contributor to Singapore’s economy, contributing about 20 per cent to its GDP. Singapore is also the fourth largest global exporter of high tech products.
With shifting factors of production now favouring technology-intensive economies, Singapore’s strengths in innovation, its skilled workforce and well-developed plug-and play infrastructure position it well to bolster its role as a global manufacturing hub.
To this end, Singapore was ranked second globally in the World Economic Forum’s Readiness for the Future of Production Report 2018 and ranked ahead of 120 countries to top the 2017 DII Global Industry 4.0 Readiness Index.