The First Asia Pacific Industrial Transformation was Held in Singapore

2018 Oct 18

The first Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific (ITAP), hosted by the Singapore Exhibition Group, was held in Singapore Expo Center on 16 to 18 October 2018. It is the first Asia-Pacific version of the HANNOVER MESSE event, including totally 268 company booths, 12 specialized industrial booths and 5 national pavilions. It attracts about 15,000 delegates from 23 countries. The expo adopted "Industry 4.0"as the theme, focusing on four fields covering industrial automation, smart factory, smart logistics and additive manufacturing.

Over the years, Singapore has cooperated with the top 500 international companies to build Singapore into a high-end manufacturing base for semiconductor, aerospace engineering, medicine, biomedicine and energy chemical industries, etc. With the opportunities brought about by industrial transformation, Singapore government is working closely with the top 500 companies and their suppliers to move towards industrial 4.0. At the same time, with the formation of ASEAN economies, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia have also launched their respective industrial 4.0 national policies. This exhibition of industrial transformation enables the political, commercial and academic circles in the region to explore how to jointly innovate, collude and win in the industrial 4.0 era.

Singapore Government Pavilion in Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific 2018

Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic and Social Policy Coordination of Singapore, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony help on 16 October. He expressed that Industry 4.0 is a new opportunity for both businesses and individuals. Cooperation between different countries, industries and between the state and private sectors will create great value for industry 4.0. Establishing a network of partners, bringing together financial institutions, technology, training institutions and international organizations, can meet the diversified needs of manufacturers in the process of transformation. ITAP provides a good platform for manufacturing industry which is full of opportunities and hopes. Hopes that more cooperation can be achieved in the future.

Dr Koh poh kwan, Senior Minister of Trade and Industry of Singapore delivered a speech at the Future Manufacturing Summit and said that Singapore has good conditions to become a technology and Innovation center for manufacturing industry. Singapore has enormous market potential and many multinational enterprises see Singapore as the first choice for high-value manufacturing. Singapore's industrial 4.0 is not a simple technological bedding promote. The core strategy of the future manufacturing industry is how to better systematize all aspects, and how our employees and enterprises respond more flexibly to the rapidly changing economic and technological trends.

Regarding this core strategy, Dr Koh poh kwan explained it from two aspects: enterprise and personnel. From the aspects of enterprise, public-private partnership is the key to improve the competitiveness of manufacturing industry.

Many problems we are facing cannot be solved by private institutions or public institutions alone, and cooperation between public and private institutions will be the inevitable trend of innovation and development in the future. Singapore has also launched a number of initiatives to promote institutional cooperation, including the I3 (Industrial, Internet of Things, Innovation) platform established by Singapore Science and Technology Research Bureau. This platform concentrates on the development and integration of intelligent manufacturing technologies, such as sensors, industrial data analysis, network security, applications, etc. This type of open collaborative model brings together end users in the IIoT value chain, solution providers, research institutes and other higher education institutes under the Science and Technology Research Bureau of Singapore to jointly develop and test new technologies.

From the aspect of personnel, Singapore needs to establish workforce with skilled technology and ability to meet future challenges and assist the growth of different levels of workers.

In Singapore, if we want to achieve a successful "Industrial 4.0", we must also create "Worker 4.0". In order to achieve "Worker 4.0" era, Singapore also adopts the mode of public-private cooperation. This includes the strategy of “Continuing Education and Training for Advanced Manufacturing" by Singapore's Proficient Skills Development Bureau, which promote this field in attraction, retention and better use of talents. In line with this, the Robotics Research Institute of Harbin Polytechnicals University in China, in cooperation with the Temasek Institute of Technology in Singapore, has established a joint laboratory to allow small and medium-sized enterprises to conduct experiments and implement robotic solutions. Secondly, Singapore Federation of Trade Unions has taken the lead in setting up a Training Committee to plan and provide training and job placement programmes to enhance the competitiveness of  our workers.

ITAP provides a network for enterprises and provides a broad platform for catalyzing industrial 4.0 thinking and development process. As many countries embark on their 4.0 industrial journey, Singapore is expected to become a partner in this process.