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Jurong Innovation District to house advanced manufacturing campus 

AN advanced manufacturing campus where firms can embrace Industry 4.0 capabilities is being curated at Jurong Innovation District, with more such Factories of the Future (FOF) to be set up in the district over the next two years.

Firms will have access to a network of research and development (R&D) and capability developers, startups, and technology enablers to help them upgrade their capabilities  and accelerate the adoption of smart manufacturing technologies, said JTC on Tuesday at the inaugural Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific trade show held at the Singapore Expo.

Among the latest entrants to the district is PBA Group, which is slated to commence operations at its new location in 2020. The 260,000 square foot robotics manufacturing facility is expected to house its training academy, Robotics Automation Centre of Excellence (RACE), as well as its Advanced New Technology Incubator (ANTI), which will be open to startups and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in the robotics and automation industry.

The district is home to a growing ecosystem, including A*Star’s Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC), which works with industry players to develop Industry 4.0 solutions.

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Two of A*Star’s research entities, the National Metrology Centre and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech @ NTU), are also expected to call the district home by 2020.

These developments are part of the Republic’s efforts to grow the advanced manufacturing ecosystem in Jurong Innovation district, according to a statement by JTC.

On Tuesday, JTC also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help companies in JTC’s estates and developments to upgrade their manufacturing capabilities.

Under the new partnership, such firms – especially SMEs – will have advanced manufacturing solutions and training programmes tailored to their business.

This aims to help them improve productivity and strengthen competitiveness through process redesign, as well as support their training efforts, and accelerate the adoption of smart manufacturing technologies.

In the first collaboration under this partnership, JTC, Enterprise Singapore, the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF), Singapore Precision Engineering & Technology Association (SPETA), PBA Group and its network of partners will help firms in their advanced manufacturing journey.

PBA will spearhead this by working with its partners to develop and provide smart manufacturing solutions, including systems, equipment and applications, to facilitate the process redesign and improvement for SMEs in JTC’s developments. 

Enterprise Singapore, SMF and SPETA will help to drive the adoption, customisation and co-innovation of advanced manufacturing solutions specific to the needs of Singapore SME manufacturers across different industries.

This is expected to contribute to the overall development of the advanced manufacturing ecosystem in Singapore.

Derrick Yap, CEO of PBA Group said: “Through this unique public-private partnership, we hope to empower local companies across various industries to upgrade and internationalise.”