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Additive Manufacturing To Generate US$100 Billion Economic Value In ASEAN By 2025

Additive Manufacturing To Generate US$100 billion Economic Value In ASEAN By 2025

(L to R) Mr. Lim Kok Kiang and Dr. Donatus Kaufmann sign the certificate of collaboration marking the launch of thyssenkrupp’s Additive Manufacturing Tec

thyssenkrupp has presented a white paper on additive manufacturing (AM) potential in the ASEAN region, a comprehensive research undertaken by the company as a prelude to the official launch of its AM TechCenter Hub in Singapore.

Titled “Additive Manufacturing: Adding Up Growth Opportunities for ASEAN”, the white paper provides deep insights and perspectives on the state of additive manufacturing in the ten member countries of ASEAN. The paper was developed by thyssenkrupp with the support and contribution of a multidisciplinary team of experts and partners in Singapore including the global industrial 3D printing leader EOS GmbH and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC).

The research shared exciting prospects for additive manufacturing in the ASEAN region, where current penetration is still relatively low despite wider acceptance globally. The extensive study noted several key highlights:

  • AM penetration in ASEAN today is small, accounting for only five to seven percent of Asia’s total AM spend estimated at $3.8 billion for 2019
  • However, there is huge potential for the ASEAN market given its contribution to the global manufacturing output. Manufacturing accounts for 20 percent of the region’s GDP, employs nearly 50 million workforce and is expected to grow at least three times in the near future
  • Additive manufacturing is estimated to generate around $100 billion of incremental value by 2025, impacting ASEAN’s projected real GDP by 1.5 to two percent
  • Opportunities via additive manufacturing will enable the reduction of ASEAN’s import dependence with the potential to impact at least $30 to 50 billion by localsing manufacturing closer to consumption and reducing overall import dependence by up to two percent for the region

It can also contribute in sustainable development and improve ASEAN’s competitiveness in already established global value chains across key sectors such as Automotive, Electronics, and Chemicals, as well as accelerate the region’s growth in industries like Aerospace, Medical Devices, and Healthcare.

Additive manufacturing would enable the ASEAN region to further advance its Industry 4.0 and skills development focus, and promote local entrepreneurship with the potential to create three to four million additional AM jobs for the region by 2030.

“As our study shows, additive manufacturing delivers enormous potential to transform the ASEAN region and level up vital sectors,” said Mr Jan Lueder, CEO of thyssenkrupp Regional Headquarters Asia Pacific. “Additive manufacturing will surely be an innovative solution to further drive growth in ASEAN, as long as stakeholders work together to continue building awareness as well as a supportive ecosystem for additive manufacturing adoption and development. We have found such an ecosystem in Singapore, and that is one of the key reasons in establishing our first additive manufacturing TechCenter Hub outside of Germany.”

Establishment of thyssenkrupp’s Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub in Singapore

The white paper comes at the heels of the establishment of thyssenkrupp’s Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub in Singapore. The TechCenter Hub, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), serves as the regional hub for the company’s existing TechCenter in Mülheim an der Ruhr in Germany. The Singapore Hub, along with the Mülheim TechCenter, will focus on innovations around additive manufacturing solutions in metal and plastic technologies for customers in marine and offshore, automotive, cement, chemical, mining and other heavy industries.

The presentation of the research was held at the official launch of the Singapore AM TechCenter Hub, which was attended by top executives from thyssenkrupp AG, representatives from the Singapore Economic Development Board, and key business partners and customers of thyssenkrupp in Asia Pacific. The launch was formally marked with a signing ceremony presided by Dr Donatus Kaufmann, Executive Board Member of thyssenkrupp AG, and Mr Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director, EDB.

“Our Additive Manufacturing TechCenter in Germany has been at the forefront of many innovations in AM,” shared Mr Lueder, “and we aim to bring these important and transformative innovations to our customers in the Asia Pacific region via the Singapore hub.”

“Singapore has invested more than $200 million in additive manufacturing-related research, to develop new capabilities that can better serve the growing demand in Southeast Asia. thyssenkrupp’s Singapore AM TechCentre Hub is an exciting and timely addition to our efforts in this area, leveraging our diverse manufacturing base and strengths in Industry 4.0 to create innovative solutions for its customers, from Singapore. We look forward to working with thyssenkrupp in strengthening our status as an additive manufacturing hub for Asia Pacific,” said Mr Lim.

ASEAN’s ten member countries have varying degrees of additive manufacturing adoption, with many of these focused on developing the infrastructure and skills to leverage on this disruptive technology. Currently, Singapore has around 40 percent of the additive manufacturing market in ASEAN, followed by Malaysia and Thailand with the next 40 percent of the market by value. The research further indicates that along with a better understanding of additive manufacturing, its use and commercial value, partnerships and collaborations will be effective means to push for broader acceptance of the technology in the region.

“The biggest roadblock for additive manufacturing adoption is not the technology but lack of know-how today, and this is where we can create value for our customers building on our deep AM expertise,” said Mr Abhinav Singhal, Chief Strategy Officer for thyssenkrupp Regional Headquarters Asia Pacific and one of the authors of the white paper. “We believe that all stakeholders – governments, businesses, research institutions – should come together and harness the potential of additive manufacturing to truly transform the region’s industries and realise our shared vision of growth and development. The time to act is now.”

 

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Onrobot Eyes Automation Potential In Southeast Asia With New Singapore Office

Onrobot Eyes Automation Potential In Southeast Asia With New Singapore Office

Targeting the growing demand for end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) in robotics automation in Southeast Asia, Denmark-based OnRobot A/S has opened a regional headquarters in Singapore, to be led by James Taylor as general manager. Mr Taylor will lead the regional team, overseeing all commercial activities in Asia Pacific.

The company plans to aggressively target Southeast Asia, especially Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, which have high industrial robot demand coming from industries such as electronics, automotive and CNC machining, and huge potential for collaborative automation.

“On a global level, demand for EOAT is expected to rise as robots are increasingly adopted. OnRobot’s new regional headquarters in Singapore demonstrates our commitment to the robotics market in Southeast Asia and belief that the industry has strong regional growth potential,” said OnRobot’s CEO Enrico Krog Iversen. “Singapore being the automation hub is ideal for OnRobot’s regional headquarters. Our focus will be to provide complete collaborative robot solutions in the Southeast Asian region to help manufacturers attain productivity while reducing costs and improving their ability to scale.”

OnRobot specialises in EOAT for collaborative applications. It currently has nine products comprising grippers, sensors and tool changers. Its innovative Gecko Gripper recently won four prestigious awards, the 2019 Robotics Award at Hannover Messe, the silver award at the 2019 Edison Awards, the NED Innovations Award 2019, and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award (IERA) 2018.

The company aims to reach 40 to 50 products, including grippers, sensors, vision and other technologies to enable collaborative robot solutions in Southeast Asia and across the world.

 

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Thyssenkrupp To Establish Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub In Singapore

Thyssenkrupp To Establish Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub In Singapore

thyssenkrupp will establish an Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub in Singapore this year. The announcement – made at Hannover Messe 2019, illustrates the company’s initiative to bring its engineering and innovation capabilities to customers in Asia Pacific.

The future Singapore Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), will serve as the regional hub for the company’s Mülheim TechCenter and aims to unlock the potential of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, for customers in Singapore and across Asia Pacific. thyssenkrupp first launched a dedicated TechCenter for additive manufacturing in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany in 2017, with capabilities to deliver the full spectrum of the additive manufacturing value chain.

“thyssenkrupp has always been at the forefront when it comes to innovation in engineering,” said Dr. Donatus Kaufmann, member of the executive board of thyssenkrupp AG and responsible for Technology and Innovation. “We have made great strides with our Additive Manufacturing TechCenter in Germany. Establishing a hub in Singapore now reflects our commitment to bring our transformative innovations closer to the Asia Pacific region to meet our customers’ needs.”

Dr. Kaufmann also added that the Singapore Hub not only strengthens thyssenkrupp’s presence and operations in Singapore and Asia Pacific, but also “gives us the opportunity to benefit from Singapore’s innovation ecosystem and to serve new customers in the Asia Pacific region.”

Additive manufacturing in Asia Pacific is expected to grow to more than $5.5 billion by 2025[1] and Singapore is certainly fertile ground for the innovation to grow. The Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 or RIE2020 Plan of Singapore, which is the country’s roadmap for research and development, includes additive manufacturing as one of the key enablers that will support the country’s push for leadership in advanced manufacturing and engineering.

“thyssenkrupp’s Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub is an exciting addition to Singapore’s growing ecosystem of additive manufacturing technology providers. We are delighted that thyssenkrupp has chosen to anchor the Center in Singapore. thyssenkrupp will be well-positioned to leverage our diverse manufacturing base and strengths in Industry 4.0 to serve the needs of customers in Asia Pacific”, said Mr Lim Kok Kiang, assistant managing director, Singapore Economic Development Board. “The investment is further testament to Singapore’s growing reputation as a hub for additive manufacturing research and deployment in the region and beyond.”

thyssenkrupp’s TechCenter Hub in Singapore, together with the existing TechCenter in Germany, will focus on innovations around additive manufacturing solutions in metal and plastic technologies for customers in automotive, capital goods, chemical, mining and other heavy industries. It will provide a complete range of additive manufacturing services from part identification diagnostics, project delivery to training and capability building. The TechCenter Hub will also host additive manufacturing engineers who will work together with their colleagues in Germany to develop various products and solutions leveraging on this innovation.

The announcement comes on the heels of another company milestone, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and thyssenkrupp Marine Systems in February 2019. The MoU entails the partnership of DSTA and thyssenkrupp in working on new technologies such as additive manufacturing for naval applications.

[1]  “Global Additive Manufacturing Market, Forecast to 2025”, Frost & Sullivan, May 2016

 

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Bombardier Invests S$85 Million To Expand Singapore Service Centre

Bombardier Invests S$85 Million To Expand Singapore Service Centre

Canadian aerospace firm Bombardier is investing in S$85 million to quadruple the size of its Singapore aircraft maintenance centre to 40,000 square metres by 2020. This is part of its efforts to enhance its position in the Asia-Pacific region and cater to its growing customer base in Asia.

“This expansion is another key building block in our drive to enhance the accessibility of our OEM expertise for customers worldwide and to solidify our position as a leader in aftermarket services in the Asia-Pacific region, a pivotal growing part of our global network,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Bombardier VP and GM for customer experience.

The expanded centre will offer a range of maintenance, refurbishment and modification services and will support more than 2,000 visits a year. The centre also features a 3,500 square metre paint facility, heavy structural and composite repair capabilities and an integrated parts depot. The expansion will see an increase of employment at the service centre from the current 150 workers to 300 by 2020 which would provide an important economic engine to Singapore’s aerospace sector. Furthermore, Lynn McDonald Canadian High Commissioner to Singapore said that Bombardier’s partnerships with educational institutes would ensure creation of “highly skilled, high-paying aerospace jobs for years to come”.

“Bombardier’s expansion in Singapore is testament to our attractiveness as an aerospace hub, and our ability to capture growth opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Tan Kong Hwee, executive director for capital goods at the Singapore Economic Development Board. “We look forward to forging stronger ties with companies like Bombardier to grow the sector and create more good jobs for Singaporeans,” he added.

Currently, Singapore’s aerospace sector employs more than 20,000 people and is home to more than 130 aerospace companies. Singapore is responsible for more than 25 percent of Asia’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market and 10 percent of the global MRO market.

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Smart Manufacturing And Industry 4.0 Forum 2019

Smart Manufacturing And Industry 4.0 Forum 2019

The 2nd Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Forum will occur from 24 – 26 April 2019. Based on the theme of “Redefining Manufacturing Excellence: The Dawn of The Smart Factory”, the forum will focus on smart manufacturing and the latest innovations and challenges associated with its implementation. Providing attendees with an insight on how they can incorporate and devise strategic customer-centric manufacturing strategies.

This year, the forum will be located in Singapore, a country that has developed itself as a manufacturing hub in a variety of sectors such as electronics, precision engineering, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemicals. This is also in acknowledgement that Singapore is the fourth largest exporter of high-tech goods behind the US, China and Germany and manufacturing is a key engine of the Singapore economy, accounting for 20-25 percent of the country’s GDP. Thus, the country does provide a test bed for manufacturing organizations to leverage on smart manufacturing and the technologies associated with the fourth industrial revolution such as advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, automation and robotics and 3D printing.

Speakers for the forum include Bob Gill, General Manager Southeast Asia of ARC Advisory Group, Wilson Deng, Chairman of the Singapore Manufacturing Consortium, Alexander Liu, Head, Digital Fabrication and Additive Manufacturing Centre, School of Engineering at Temasek Polytechnic and many others.

Key takeaways for the forum will include:

  • Strategies on how end to end manufacturing capabilities can be optimised.
  • Techniques on the implementation of Industry 4.0 innovations to enable responsive, adaptive and connected manufacturing.
  • Insights on how novel digital and physical capabilities can be unlocked to achieve growth and profitability in times of uncertainty.
  • Solutions on how organisations can transition towards smart manufacturing to remain competitive.

 

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Strategies To Ensure Singapore’s Manufacturing Growth By Minister Chan Chun Sing

Strategies To Ensure Singapore’s Manufacturing Growth By Minister Chan Chun Sing

The manufacturing industry contributes to a fifth of Singapore’s overall economy and it has been forecasted to fall in the coming years. According to flash estimates by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), manufacturing output grew by 5.5 percent in the last quarter of 2018 compared to 2017, but when compared with the third quarter, output actually fell by 8.7 percent. That being said, Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry has also stated that the manufacturing sector can halt the forecasted industry slowdown with the right approach.

According to Minister Chan, as the sector evolves, products manufactured will also require greater skills to produce because the industry as a whole is shifting towards the production of high-quality products at lower volumes. Thus, investing in research and development and increasing the number of foreign investors could be means to drive the growth of the industry. This can be achieved by improving Singapore’s intellectual property protection regime, which assures investors that they will be protected. To ensure greater quality products, the method in which quality assurance is conducted should also be improved and a skilled labour force is also required for expansion of the manufacturing industry. By acquiring better skill sets, employees can perform highly specialised tasks and achieve greater overall productivity. As such, systems should be put in place to produce a highly trained workforce. Furthermore, an engaging company culture will help to retain talents in the industry.

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Contraction Of Singapore’s Manufacturing Sector For Fourth Consecutive Month

Contraction Of Singapore’s Manufacturing Sector For Fourth Consecutive Month

Singapore’s manufacturing sector has contracted again in December 2018, with the key electronics sector declining further. This is aligned to a weakening global outlook for the manufacturing sector and the current fallout between the US and China, as well as the overall decline in manufacturing in South Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia.

In fact, Singapore’s overall Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), dipped 0.4 points in December 2018, reaching 51.1. This is barely above a reading of 50 which indicates that growth has occurred. Similarly, the electronics sector, which saw its first contraction after 27 consecutive months of growth in November 2018, dropped 0.1 points to 49.8 in December 2018 according to the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM).

Meanwhile, China’s official manufacturing PMI that was released on January 2019 indicated that the country’s manufacturing sector has sank into the contraction territory for the first time since July 2016, while the Caixin manufacturing PMI also contracted to 49.7, which is the lowest figure that the index has dropped to since May 2017. This was a decrement that stands below analyst expectations.

Regarding this, the SIPMM has commented that the lower overall PMI reading can be attributed to slower growth in new orders and new exports, factory output, inventory, as well as employment level. Additionally, it can be taken into account that the indexes of finished goods, imports, input prices and supplier deliveries also expanded at a lower rate, while the order backlog index has continued to contract for three consecutive months. Alvin Liew, a Senior Economist at UOB has further added that the weaker PMI is most probably linked to a slowdown of China’s growth and the corresponding drop in demand for Singapore’s goods and services that are tied to China’s economy. He also projected that a continued slowdown is likely to occur due to many factors such as a decrease in China’s growth, uncertain trade developments between the US and China, as well as a global electronics cycle downturn.

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US-China Trade War Continues To Negatively Impact Global Manufacturing

US-China Trade War Continues To Negatively Impact Global Manufacturing

The Trade War is continuing to impact the global manufacturing sector as Malaysian manufacturing slowed to its weakest pace of expansion since the IHS Markit survey began in 2012, and Taiwan’s manufacturing sector fell to its lowest growth since September 2015. While South Korea’s industry, which is heavily focused on tech production, also witnessed a shrinkage in manufacturing activities due to the impact of the US-China Trade War on chip and smartphone orders. Meanwhile, official economic data from Singapore showed that the country’s gross domestic product grew more slowly than forecast in the fourth quarter as the city-state’s manufacturing contracted on a quarterly basis.

In China, the Caixin/IHS Markit PMI slipped into the contraction territory for the first time in 19 months and manufacturing activity in Europe witnessed a stagnating growth towards the end of 2018, with Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Britain experiencing contractions. For Britain, factories are ramping up on stockpiling as possible border delays may occur following Britain’s exit from the EU in three months time. Although the US has experienced a decreased growth, the manufacturing sector is still expanding and this signals that China is suffering more from the Trade War than the US.

Overall, 2019 saw world shares start on a downbeat note with oil prices and bond yields experiencing a downturn as the factory survey data confirmed the picture of a global economic slowdown. In a key annual conference last December, China’s top leaders have mentioned that the government will support the Chinese economy in 2019 through cutting taxes and keeping liquidity ample, as they continue with their negotiations with Washington.

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Insights From Omron: Trends In The Singapore Manufacturing Industry

Insights From Omron: Trends In The Singapore Manufacturing Industry

Through this article, Mr. Lieu Yew Fatt, Managing Director of Omron Electronics Singapore and Mr. Swaminathan Vangal-Ramamurthy, General Manager of Robotics Business Division, Omron Asia Pacific examine the future of manufacturing in Singapore and the relationship between local and global trends.

Manufacturing has been a key pillar of the economy in Singapore ever since we progressed to an innovation-intensive economy from a labour-intensive one in the early days of nation building. Now, manufacturing contributes close to 20 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP) and keeps more than 500,000 people employed.

Moving forward, the manufacturing sector here will face increasing external pressures in the coming years. In Southeast Asia, we have Thailand, which ranked well for high quality and low cost in a McKinsey analysis on which ASEAN country is most attractive for manufacturing investments. Singapore, not surprisingly, ranked high in high quality but performed badly in low cost.

Meanwhile, the rise of China as a manufacturing powerhouse in Asia has also brought a different level of competition to the landscape. Foreign direct investment (FDI) has been flowing in to China and this adds competitive pressure to the manufacturers in this region, especially since there are some significant overlaps in manufacturing capabilities between the manufacturers in China and here.

The Shift Towards Innovation And Research

Singapore’s manufacturing sector naturally leans towards advanced manufacturing in view of our knowledge-based economy. Manufacturers here are generally more open to leveraging innovation and technology to improve products and/or processes.

In 2016, the Singapore Government introduced the Research Innovation Enterprise 2020 (RIE2020), a plan that charts the course for harvesting an innovative and competitive economy as we progress towards 2020. As part of this plan, advanced manufacturing was identified as a key pillar among others to drive this forward. RIE2020 also identified four cross-cutting technology areas as essential enablers, which will undergird and support the verticals. These are: Robotics and Automation, Digital Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials.

Additionally, the Government has also committed SGD$19 billion, the biggest allocation since 1995, as investment into innovation, research and driving enterprise growth under the RIE2020 Plan for 2016 to 2020.

Keeping Up With Technology Trends

Government support provides a much-needed boost for manufacturers here. However, manufacturing businesses must ensure that they are maximising cost efficiency and productivity in their operations to remain competitive. The good news is that technology can offer tremendous value in these areas.

There are two major trends to watch in advanced manufacturing:

1.Artificial Intelligence And Machine Controllers

Manufacturers can expect artificial intelligence (AI) to play an increasingly prominent role in manufacturing as factory floors become smarter and more collaborative robots (or ‘cobots’) work alongside humans to enhance productivity.

At OMRON, we recently took an innovative-automation approach. By this, we mean an integrating high-precision, high-speed manufacturing with more intelligent controls and data analysis and combining that with a more interactive and collaborative relationship between robots and people on the manufacturing floor.

For instance, we merged AI, machine learning and facial recognition technologies to develop Omron vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) technology. This is used in automobile manufacturing to create products that keep drivers safe. VOR technology uses a camera to capture and sense a driver’s eye movements to spot for early-stage drowsiness and determine his/her suitability for driving. This technology can also be applied to the factory floor to keep workers safe as well, such as when they are operating heavy machinery.

Separately, we have added learning capabilities to machine automation controllers by equipping them with machine learning AI algorithm. This allows the controllers to achieve real time integration between programmable logic controller and AI processing functions. The result is that these controllers can manage equipment changes on the factory floor in microseconds as they send collected data to the host IT system while maintaining control performance.

Additionally, these controllers can effectively keep track of equipment and production status when equipped with sensors set to monitor machines and production lines. They can look out for irregularities or unusual activities and built-in AIs can take action to fix issues or activate safety procedures depending on what they are programmed to learn.

2.Industrial Internet Of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in manufacturing is currently already a primary trend affecting businesses in the industry. It transformed manufacturing in many parts of the world due to its ability to enable the gathering and analysis of data and then applying it in new and novel ways.

However, IIoT goes beyond machines to machine connectivity. It is also a movement that is uniting the people and systems on the factory floor with enterprise-level decision makers. The rise of IIoT platforms have also empowered employees as they now have better access to information. With improved collaboration a focus of these platforms, teams can now work across factory floors, or even remotely across wider geographies.

The mindset is also shifting towards that of consumers connected to the industry through customer interactions and social networks, and informed businesses are constantly adjusting their output and production based on consumer demand.

We readily see this in the automobile industry where manufacturers offer many customisable or optional choices. Now, car buyers are often spoilt for choice on things like exterior and interior colors, seat material and design, in-car stereo and GPS systems, sun roofs and so on. Manufacturers are embracing this connected customers and market-driven environment. To remain competitive, manufacturers have to be connected and nimble and the only way they can be successful is to leverage the power of data and newer technologies like IIoT.

Future-Ready Manufacturing

It will no doubt remain important for manufacturers here to continue to strive for the age-old goals of increasing speed to market, reducing overall costs and maintaining quality control. Nonetheless, they cannot ignore the fact that digitalisation and disruptive technologies are transforming the whole manufacturing landscape, and it is crucial that they take steps to modernise their operations and prepare for the business environment and the market of the future.

Advanced manufacturing methodologies that used to be mere concepts just a few years ago are now finding practical implementations. It is timely for manufacturers here to explore their actual feasibility and practicality as they modernise their own operations. They may also want to better incorporate automation, data analytics, IIoT, robotics and increased technology adoption into their business strategies and operational planning considerations.

To be future-ready, manufacturers will need to plan toward realising a more transparent supply chain that enhances product traceability by taking steps now to adopt newer and more intelligent production methods and processes.

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SC Auto Launches Itself As Asia’s First And Only OEM For Integral Buses

SC Auto Launches Itself As Asia’s First And Only OEM For Integral Buses

SC Auto has launched Asia’s first integral coach named “SC Neustar”, a new generation of buses that delivers a complete transport solution that sets regional benchmarks in terms of higher performance, greater efficiency, and better economy.

The company also strengthened its position as a market leader in the bus manufacturing industry in Asia by transforming its business model from a quality bus body builder to an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). This a significant step towards achieving the company’s ambitions to build on its capability to design, manufacture, and assemble its own products from start to finish.

S$60 million Investment In SC Auto’s Transformation Journey

Throughout the company’s transformation journey since 2014, SC Auto has invested a total of S$60 million to test and develop innovative automotive technology to build next-generation integral buses and expand on its factory footprint in Singapore and Myanmar, as well as to introduce automation processes to scale-up its overall production capacity.

Mr Tan Siow Chua, Chairman of SC Auto said: “Innovation and passion are at the heart of SC Auto’s ambition to become a global leader in the bus and coach industry. With SC Neustar’s launch, we are set to reach our growth target of S$100 million in annual revenue in four years. As Asia’s first and only integral bus OEM, the launch of SC Neustar demonstrates our unwavering commitment to pioneering new automotive technologies, underpinned by years of experience architecting and manufacturing high quality transportation solutions, and investment in R&D.”

The All-New SC Neustar

Delivering on SC Auto’s brand promise to offer global standards and local support, the SC Neustar is designed with SC Auto’s proprietary Euro 6 chassis technology that has been developed through its R&D capabilities and signature bus bodies. The bus has undergone extensive homologation testing in Europe and is fully certified based on the Euro 6 emission standard, a set of stringent standards adopted by European automotive makers to ensure buses meet exhaust and noise emissions standards to reduce the carbon footprint of vehicles globally.

Fully manufactured and assembled in Singapore, the SC Neustar has an impressive lifespan of up to 20 years, offering better economy through higher uptime and an extended operating life. High performance is assured by the combination of the bus’s unique monocoque chassis construction and specially manufactured drivetrain for higher fuel efficiency, drivability, and passenger comfort.

Lastly, the SC Neustar’s lightweight design and build using ferritic stainless steel superstructures offer better fuel savings and a lower cost of operation compared to conventional designs.

Expanded Factory Footprint To Meet Growing Demand For Manufacturing Integral Buses In Asia

In anticipation of the strong demand for the SC Neustar, SC Auto has doubled the area of its Singapore factory from 100,000 square feet to 200,000 square feet, to provide the additional capacity required for significant business growth over the longer term.

With time to market becoming a major differentiator, the newly expanded factory in Singapore, and SC Auto’s factory located in Yangon which will commence operation early next year, are equipped with state-of-the-art automated systems. These include automatic welding robots, 4.5 axis CNC precision machines, and automatic wire harness manufacturing, yielding improved workflow productivity of up to 40 percent. The new facility is expected to increase SC Auto’s overall production by five times.

Strong Support From Enterprise Singapore

With strong support from Enterprise Singapore and leveraging the government agency’s extensive business networks, SC Auto is well positioned to advance its internationalisation strategy to scale up its business overseas.

Mr Ho Chi Bao, Director for Precision Engineering, Marine and Offshore, and Engineering Services, Enterprise Singapore, said: “SC Auto has constantly challenged itself to adapt to the changing environment. Its transformation from a bus body builder into an Original Equipment Manufacturer and adopting highly automated manufacturing solutions are commendable efforts by a home-grown Singapore company. This sets a good example for the industry and we hope to see more companies innovate and explore new areas to drive their business growth.”

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