3M to invest S$10m on 'smart lab' for urban solutions

| Urban Solutions & Sustainability

3M Singapore announced that it will commit S$10 million over three years to set up a new Smart Urban Solutions (SUS) Lab, with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). 

Dr Khandpur and one of the experiments at a 3M facility. The Smart Urban Solutions Lab based in Woodlands will have 10 engineers and scientists who can call upon the resources of 3M's 8,500-strong global research team.

 

Photo Credit: 3M Singapore

3M’s investment in Singapore is part of the company’s new global R&D strategy to set up megatrend-focused teams in key R&D centres all over the world, tackling macro issues such as air quality and smart urban solutions, among others. The Smart Urban Solutions Lab will have a regional responsibility for developing and commercialising solutions across Southeast Asia.

Applications of these technologies are focused on delivering clean air, clean water and energy efficiency, for both Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Consumer (B2C) users. 3M believes there is scope for replication and growth across rapidly-urbanising Asia.  The SUS Lab will support the rapid business growth in Southeast Asia, particularly in energy and smart infrastructure domains

At present, there are three key areas of focus for the SUS Lab:

  1. Energy (smart energy management, energy efficiency, productivity improvement)
  2. Information Communications Technologies Integration (sensing, communications and analytics for above and underground infrastructure)
  3. Environment and Water (green materials, residential and industrial water treatment, air filtration)
Press Release and Factsheet
- 07 October 2015

3M to invest S$10m on 'smart lab' for urban solutions