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Yeo Hiap Seng taps manufacturing intelligence

New system in Singapore automated plant shows an effective way to tackle competition from lower-cost markets.

"Singapore is an open and trade-oriented economy. As we rely heavily on export led demand, our cost structure has to be competitive vis-à-vis other countries," says Mr Teo.

THREE years ago, when home-grown beverage and food company Yeo Hiap Seng (YHS) decided to expand its Singapore plant, raising productivity levels along with safety and quality was high on its agenda. The listed company was looking to add a new retort canning line catered for the local and export...