JTC Corporation has signed a series of agreements with local and international aerospace companies that are looking to expand operations in Singapore. These leading aerospace companies have committed S$500 million new investments in Singapore over the next 5 years. Companies involved include GE Aviation, Overhaul Services – Singapore; SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC); Singapore Aero Engine Services (SAESL); Ametek MRO; GE Aviation, Engine Services – Singapore; Pattonair; and RLC Group (Singapore).
Amidst global economic uncertainties, the long-term prospects for the aerospace sector remain bright. Since 2015, total output for our aerospace industry has enjoyed a compound annual growth rate of 10 percent and surpassed S$11 billion in 2018.
This investment will expand the aerospace ecosystem and supplier networks and strengthen Singapore’s position as a global hub.
GE Aviation, Overhaul Services a joint venture between GE Aviation and SIAEC is setting up a state-of-the-art engine overhaul facility which will adopt digitisation and data analytics to enhance productivity. SIAEC has identified Changi North estate as a potential site for its facility for its engines. While SAESL, a joint venture between SIAEC and Rolls-Royce is exploring an expansion in JTC’s aerospace enclave in Loyang estate.
Furthermore, new entrants are establishing their operations in Seletar Aerospace Park. This includes Proponent, which will open a 20,000-square-foot regional distribution facility and PPG which will complete its new 38,750 square-foot Application Support Centre (ASC) at Seletar Aerospace Park.
To meet strong industry demand, JTC also launched aeroSpace Three, a new cluster of nine ready-built standard factories to provide “plug & play” solutions for aerospace manufacturing and MRO activities. These new standard factories will incorporate the industry’s requirements for higher technical specifications to cater for Industry 4.0 technologies and the use of heavier and larger equipment.
TÜV SÜD, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with thyssenkrupp Innovations to establish the principles governing their cooperation in jointly developing the market for additive-manufacturing-enabled solutions in the Asia Pacific region. The companies will work together over a period of three years, starting with setting up industrial grade manufacturing solutions as well as testing, inspection and certification services for land transportation and mobility, and industrial plant services. The companies may expand the scope of the MoU to cover other sectors as well.
The partnership will combine thyssenkrupp Innovations’ expertise in part selection and design advisory services with TÜV SÜD’s capabilities in regulatory and non-regulatory testing and certification, to offer predictable innovation management solutions for customers, which will result in mitigating risk, investment security, easier access to global markets, and faster time-to-market. The combined capabilities of the two companies will enable them to expand their respective market reach and offer expanded services to existing as well as new customers. The two companies are currently working on testing and commercialising a train part for a leading train operator in the region to reduce the overall weight and improve its functionality significantly.
Mr. Holger Lindner, CEO of TÜV SÜD Product Service Division said, “The field of additive manufacturing (AM) is an integral pillar of Industry 4.0. AM presents new opportunities for serial production and supply chains but early adopters will need to navigate through uncertainties in this fast evolving technology. Through this collaboration with thyssenkrupp, we aim to inspire trust among the frontrunners and demonstrate Singapore’s readiness for industrial grade additive manufacturing.”
Mr. Jan Lueder, CEO thyssenkrupp RHQ Asia Pacific said, “thyssenkrupp has always stood for engineering excellence and innovation for over 200 years with deep experience in automotive, mobility and industrial plant sectors. Additive manufacturing delivers enormous potential to transform the region and level up vital sectors of the economy, reducing import dependence and simplifying supply chains. Additive manufacturing will surely be an innovative solution to further drive growth, as long as stakeholders work together to continue building awareness as well as create a supportive ecosystem for additive manufacturing adoption and development. The collaboration is thus a step towards this direction, and we are sure we will be able to provide best services to our customers.”
TÜV SÜD has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NUS Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), to promote R&D activities in the area of 3D printed biomedical implants for clinical trials.
AM.NUS seeks to bring innovative products to the field of healthcare that will improve patient outcomes and change lives for the better. The centre strives to explore a whole new dimension in Medical Additive Manufacturing, applying innovative 3D printing technology for personalised patient treatments.
TÜV SÜD as a premier third-party quality assurance organisation, works closely with the industry in providing them with the right expertise in the areas of certification, inspection and auditing. With its suite of service offerings, the company has partnered AM.NUS to provide Medical AM Certification ISO 13485 and certification services and other quality assurance requirements. The centre will be the first in Singapore to attain both the AM Design and Development and ISO 13485 certification. These certifications apply to the centre’s facility located at the NUS Faculty of Engineering, which will fabricate 3D printed metal implants for clinical trials.
At the signing ceremony, Richard Hong, CEO, TÜV SÜD ASEAN, said, “Additive Manufacturing is ushering in transformation in the production of medical devices as the technology is enabling businesses to push boundaries. We are excited to work with AM.NUS, as this collaboration makes us the first company to certify the first AM Design and Development that can print 3D printed metal implants for clinical trials.”
“Additive Manufacturing technology can be considered as a great opportunity to provide easy access to healthcare in developing countries. It is a crucial step towards engineering patient-specific medical products. Thus, it is imperative to meet the global standards while developing these products. Partnership with TÜV SÜD is of strategic importance since it will help us achieve global standards while we build and strengthen our base in the region,” said Professor Jerry Fuh Ying-Hsi, Director of AM.NUS, who is also from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the NUS Faculty of Engineering.
The MoU between AM.NUS and TÜV SÜD will bring together both companies in their concerted efforts to define new frontiers in R&D in the space of 3D printing of medical implants.
It has barely been a year since home appliance giant, Dyson announced its plans to open an electric car manufacturing facility in Singapore. However, the British technology company has decided to scrap its automotive project.
In October 2018, Dyson announced that it will be investing in a £2.5 billion (S$4.3 billion) project to manufacture electric cars and aims to complete the factory by 2020 as well as rolling out its first model in 2021.
Unfortunately, although the automotive team has developed a “fantastic electric car”, Dyson will be shutting its automotive division due to a lack of commercial viability in Singapore.
“Though we have tried very hard throughout the development process, we simply can no longer see a way to make it commercially viable. We have been through a serious process to find a buyer for the project which has, unfortunately, been unsuccessful so far,” said James Dyson, founder and chairman of Dyson.
The Economic Development Board (EDB) stated that disruption to Dyson’s operations and workforce will be minimal as “the company’s decision not to pursue the electric vehicle business was taken at an early stage”. Dyson will continue to expand in Singapore and the £2.5 billion intended for the project will be invested in developing The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology and other technologies such as its battery technology, sensing, vision systems, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
To even better meet the needs of its Asian customers, Leuze electronic opens a new central logistics center in Singapore for the Asian market.
Following the groundbreaking ceremony in June for its central, global logistics center in Unterlenningen, near the company’s headquarters in Owen in southern Germany, Leuze electronic now opened its new distribution center in Singapore.
“The high number of orders over the last years has been a positive challenge for us and requires a new form of global warehouse logistics,” explains Ulrich Balbach, CEO at Leuze electronic.
In 2018, the positive growth trend of the recent years continued at Leuze electronic internationally. Leuze electronic therefore continues to invest in new global structures – including in Singapore.
“By focusing on our target industries of intralogistics and lab automation as well as our regional expansion in Southeast Asia, we were able to achieve enormous growth on the Asian market,” says a pleased Matthias Höhl, Vice President Asia, at Leuze electronic.
The optical sensor manufacturer sees Asia as an important growth market for the future as well. The new central Leuze distribution center in Singapore will operate in the local time zone and thereby even better meet the needs and requirements of its Asian Leuze customers.
“For Leuze electronic, the opening of its new central logistics center in Singapore is an important step for continuing to participate in the high growth rates of the Asian market in the future and further expanding our market share in Asia,” says Balbach.
Creaform has moved to AMETEK’s new offices in Singapore near Changi International Airport for easy access for both international and local customers in the APAC region.
Featuring state-of-the-art facilities, including a modern showroom to present the brand-new HandySCAN BLACK, the company’s metrology-grade portable 3D scanner for all phases of the manufacturing process, and the Go!SCAN SPARK, the latest professional-grade 3D scanner for product design that unmatched speed and ease of use. Creaform solutions will also be available for customised demos.
Creaform’s Singapore offices feature classrooms for a wide array of customer training, helping manufacturers remain competitive on a global scale.
“Singapore is a strategic location for Creaform,” explained Patrice Parent, APAC Territory Manager at Creaform. “It is the ideal logistics and service hub to cater to manufacturers in South East Asia. Our staff is attuned to the distinct needs and challenges of companies in the region. We are proud to offer relevant metrology and 3D scanning expertise to our APAC clientele.”
Creaform’s Singapore office is located at 20 Changi Business Park Central 2, #04-03, Singapore 486031.
(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.”
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.
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 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.
 “Global Additive Manufacturing Market, Forecast to 2025”, Frost & Sullivan, May 2016
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.