The second edition of Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC 2019, held in Singapore recently saw a substantial 13 Memorandum of Understandings executed; suggesting Singapore is setting the pace when its comes to Industry 4.0. adoption.
With 13 landmark MOUs signed, Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC 2019 showcased 350 exhibitors across Additive Manufacturing, Digital Factory, Integrated Energy, Industrial Automation, and Smart Logistics’ sectors. This year saw the introduction of a new segment, Integrated Energy, whom showcased sustainable solutions to improve energy efficiency in factories.
Craft Health, a local startup using 3D printing technology to simplify the way people take their medication, was one of the companies showcased as part of The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), led by NTUitive. According to its Co-Founder and CEO Goh Wei Jiang, many startups and SMEs tend to work in silos, and Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC allows everyone to discover a diverse range of digital automation ideas.
“Some may be relevant to us now; some later and some will be in adjacent fields for us to consider. From that perspective, being at the event has been valuable for us in terms of exposure,” says Goh.
On the international front, The Russian Federation presented an impressive pavilion showcasing I4.0 solutions from 70 high-tech companies and electronic products across several sectors: industrial automation; digital factory; medical technologies; integrated energy; aerospace; artificial intelligence; cybersecurity; and electronics.
According to the Department of Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russian Federation Head of Digital Technologies Vladimir Dozhdev, there were close to 700 meetings with potential partners from Asia Pacific.
“Singapore is definitely one of the global technological leaders and represents a good example for I4.0, smart cities, digitalization of public administration, etc. We strongly believe this event provided a great impetus to establishing business contacts and cooperation between Russia and countries in Asia Pacific. We intend to maintain and fully develop the agreements made at this show,” says Dozhdev.
The show’s signature Learning Journey approach included the highly anticipated new space, Collaboration Lab, a co-creation and demonstration area for solution providers and manufacturers to discuss testbedding and retrofitting solutions for a stepped approach towards progressive adoption of I4.0 solutions.
Together with other curated platforms that enhanced the intersection of industries to exchange and explore new ideas, the show facilitated 1,100 business matchings (SingEx claims a 41% increase from last year) and saw the launch of 30 new products with significant MOUs signed among industry players.
According to Malaysia Aerospace Industry Association President Naguib Mohd Nor, the event covered a very broad scope of new technologies and how they’re being implemented across industries like aerospace.
“I’d like to congratulate SingEx. In order for delegates like me to start implementing I4.0 solutions across industries, it is important to provide a complete learning journey with opportunities for collaboration and exchanging of ideas. Of all the shows I’ve been to, this is one of the best curated shows,” says Mohd Nor.
In response to Mr Mohd Nor’s compliment, SingEx Exhibitions Executive Director James Boey says with the introduction of new content and more opportunities for business matching and collaborations, this year’s event exceeded expectations.
“With 67% more regional delegations, 13 MOUs sealed and 30 new product launches, it is evident that Asia Pacific is already undergoing change, and Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC is central to this transformation. The strong attendance of ASEAN delegations from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines was testament to the significance of the show in meeting current market demands. We are grateful for the support from the Steering Committee – the Economic Development Board of Singapore, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Enterprise Singapore, JTC Corporation, SkillsFuture SG and the Singapore Tourism Board, and distinguished members of the International Advisory Committee, the Singapore Manufacturer’s Federation and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster. We look forward to deeper engagements with our stakeholders for the third edition of the show, and we will continue to deliver even better content and solutions that address industry-specific needs and enable our attendees to be future ready and future smart,” says Boey.
- TUM Asia and Festo
- National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) and Siemens
- The NUS Centre for Additive Manufacturing and TÜV SÜD PSB
- TÜV SÜD and thyssenkrupp Innovations
- iSAMS Consortium
- iSMART Consortium
- Singapore Industrial Automation Association, The National Robotics R&D Programme Office (NR2PO) & ROS
- Beckhoff and OPC Foundation
- OPC Hub ASEAN and Ngee Ann Polytechnic
- OPC Hub ASEAN and Singapore Polytechnic
- Beckhoff and Singapore Polytechnic
- Singapore Manufacturing Federation and Kazakhstan
- YCH Group and AeroLion Technologies
(Ed. Featured image provided courtesy of Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC. Next year’s event will be held 20 to 22 October 2020. Register here.)