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Digitalising Manufacturing - Will Singapore Remain Competitive?

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Join us to hear more on how Digital Infrastructure can benefit Singapore's manufacturing future to meet the changing industry goals.

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Manufacturing is a key sector for Singapore, contributing to 20.9% of the country’s GDP in 2019. The many competitive advantages such as the strategic location and advanced automation remain important but Singapore faces a growing competition in the regional and global markets. In addition, many manufacturing companies have not digitalised their operations as fully as expected. The Precision Engineering and General Manufacturing sectors cover 79% of Singapore Manufacturing SMEs but are in the bottom 25% in terms of EDB’s Smart Industry Readiness Index. This is mainly due to the lack of knowledge, which makes it often difficult to even begin their Industry 4.0 journey. Both the government and private sector have launched initiatives to plug the knowledge gap but much work is still needed. Another major challenge is ensuring that the companies’ stakeholders are aligned with the vision of making digitalisation a key part of their processes and strategic planning and not just another IT project.

So, how can Singapore prepare itself ahead of the growing challenges? How can Digital Infrastructure benefit Singapore’s manufacturing future to meet Industry 4.0 goals?

About the Speakers

Willson Deng, CEO, Arcstone Pte. Ltd.

An industrial engineer by trade, Willson has implemented improvement projects in manufacturing industries ranging from aeronautics to smart meters, wineries, gourmet chocolates, glass production and pharmaceuticals. He founded Arcstone in 2013, after he had been designing production simulation software for the world’s largest bio-manufacturers.

Focused on blending machine and human operations, he developed the Arcstone Operations Platform (arc.ops) to efficiently provide visibility, control and optimisation to a massive range of industries. The platform enables companies to automate, integrate and streamline entire processes within a facility at fractions of market cost.

He continues to drive a data-centric manufacturing revolution in Southeast Asia, encouraging like-minded companies to upend the status quo for manufacturing enterprise solutions through the Singapore Manufacturing Consortium (SIMCO).

Willson holds a MSc from INSEAD Business School and a BS in Industrial Engineering from UC Berkeley. He received Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia Award in 2016 and is heavily active as an Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing Transformation speaker globally.

Ethan Goh, Market Product Specialist, SICK Pte. Ltd.

At SICK Southeast Asia, Ethan consults with customers to use Digital Solutions to solve the pain points of their business process. SICK is a market leader in Industry 4.0 technology with a portfolio of over 40,000 products generating data which impacts human life. In his free time, Ethan builds computers and is trying to learn Lua.

Soon Chao Yian, Division Manager, IDS, RoviSys

Chao has been with RoviSys for 10 years, and holds a Computer Engineering Degree from the National University of Singapore. He is currently the Head of the IDS (Information Development Services) division in RoviSys Asia, covering enterprise and manufacturing solution needs in multiple vertical markets in the Asia Pacific region including Pharmaceutical, Agribusiness, Food & Beverages, Petrochemical, and more.

Chao is also driving RoviSys's internal Digitalization Initiative, in deriving and executing business plans, upskilling RoviSys's human capital, and enabling collaboration between key stakeholders' participation in Digital Transformation.

Dr Carlos Toro, Senior Architect and Research Scientist, Smart Manufacturing Division, ARTC

Dr. Carlos Toro received both his Ph.D. And M.Sc in Computer Science from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering (with honors) from EAFIT University (Colombia).

In 2003, he moved to Spain and started working in applied research, focusing on Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing. At the same time, he lectured at the university of the Basque Country.

In 2007, he was invited researcher at the University of Newcastle (Australia) returning in 2011 with a Marie Curie research visitor grant funded by the EU Commission.

Since 2017, he joined A*STAR Singapore at their Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) as senior architect and research scientist for the Smart Manufacturing Division , where he supports the implementation of the concepts related to the 4th industrial revolution to do different mains such as: Aerospace, FMCG, oil and gas, etc.

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