On 16 September 2016, Siemens launched their Digital Factory Manufacturing Design Consultancy at a ceremony officiated by Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) Mr S Iswaran, and Siemens AG Chief Executive Officer Mr Joe Kaeser. A first for Siemens AG, the consultancy aims to assist companies to assess the current state of their facilities, and thereafter structure a meaningful Industry 4.0 transformation roadmap to digitalise their factories.
As the first technology player in Singapore and the first-of-its-kind for the controls and automation industry globally to offer such technical consultancy services, the Digital Factory Manufacturing Design Consultancy possesses both the technical expertise and product portfolio to help customers not only optimize their manufacturing processes, but also digitalise their assets and machineries to enable analytics to better manage operations on a facility-wide level. Siemens has already identified its first clients in Singapore, including dorma+kaba, which will be opening a greenfield high-tech factory in Singapore to manufacture door closers.
Siemens’ consultancy is a good example of how companies can use Singapore as a location to pioneer new technologies and business models, before scaling up to the region. Singapore will serve as the lead demand driver for Siemens to build up the necessary reference cases with clients. Once the consultancy model is proven successful in Singapore, Siemens will be able to scale its services to the rest of Asia.