A*STAR SIMTech rolls out collaborative industry projects to help SMEs pursue productivity growth and advance into high value-added industries

The projects include X-ray sterilisation for the MedTech industry, corrosion prevention and advanced precision metal machining for oil & gas, aerospace and MedTech industries.

Singapore, 11 July 2013: The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) initiated three collaborative industry projects worth S$1.8m with the support of SPRING Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency to help local companies strengthen technological capabilities, increase their productivity, and venture into growing markets. The roll-out of the collaborative industry projects was announced by Mr S Iswaran, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister, Home Affairs and Trade & Industry at SIMTech’s 20th anniversary gala dinner. SIMTech is one of the key drivers of collaborative industry projects to assist SMEs.

2. Collaborative industry projects are cost effective R&D platforms where groups of companies facing similar issues work jointly with SIMTech to develop manpower and technology. Working in conjunction with the National University of Singapore, the first collaborative industry project is on X-ray sterilisation for the MedTech industry and food industries. This collaborative industry project aims to develop a cost effective alternative to the capital-intensive traditional methods. Current sterilisation methods are costly and have limited our local SMEs’ ability to meet the high demand for sterilisation of medical devices and food related products. SIMTech’s R&D team has determined that X-ray provides a good alternative to present sterilisation methods as it offers excellent dose uniformity performances compared with other current technologies. A total of 15 companies ranging from MedTech device makers, food and herbs suppliers, X-ray source manufacturers, systems integrators, sterilisation service providers to certification agency are committed to this collaborative industry project which opens up new business opportunities in the MedTech sector for our local enterprises and boost productivity. Mr Marcus Chang, Managing Director of mb nano-Tensilogies, is participating in the X-ray sterilisation collaborative industry project as it “potentially provides an alternative technology of sterilisation techniques, enabling us to ascertain the effects of new technique on mb-coated products while gaining good knowledge through the research findings.”

3. The collaborative industry project on corrosion prevention enables coating companies to upgrade their capabilities to capture market potential in the oil & gas, aerospace and MedTech industries. The global oil & gas corrosion prevention market alone is worth US$ 18.72bn in 2011 (Visiongain). Productivity gains can be achieved by reducing the steps in the coating application process; establishing more accurate tests for corrosion investigation and use of the right coating for corrosion prevention. The collaborative industry project equips the industry with know-how in corrosion prevention; assessment of corrosion protection coatings and implementation of relevant coatings. This collaborative industry project is relevant to companies from coating and paint providers, marine, oil & gas, heavy equipment suppliers, building and industry product as well as electronics industries.

4. The collaborative industry project on advanced precision metal machining aims to improve competency and productivity through dynamic analysis and simulation technology. Advanced precision metal machining is the foundation of the growing aerospace, oil & gas and MedTech industries. Consisting of training and implementation, this collaborative industry project is expected to achieve significant productivity improvement at various stages of the machining process. When completed, a pool of technically competent precision metal machinists is available to tackle the demands of ultra-precise and complex machining.

5. Dr Lim Ser Yong, SIMTech’s Executive Director, said: “By sharing R&D cost, the collaborative industry project approach is proven to be a cost effective R&D platform for MNCs and SMEs from an industry cluster value chain to develop technological capabilities and innovative solutions collectively to tackle specific technical challenges. An example is our Gun Drilling collaborative industry project, initiated in June 2011, which created new high value business opportunities in the oilfield equipment products, drilling, evaluation and completion tools business for local companies and SMEs.”

6. SIMTech celebrates its 20-year milestone of R&D partnerships with Singapore’s manufacturing industry in growing intellectual capital, industry capital and human capital to enhance its competitiveness. To date, SIMTech has completed more than 5300 projects for more than 1300 companies, benefitting them in productive growth, creating new products and growing into new markets.


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Annex A
About the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector agency that fosters world-class scientific research and talent to drive economic growth and transform Singapore into a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation driven economy.

In line with its mission-oriented mandate, A*STAR spearheads research and development in fields that are essential to growing Singapore’s manufacturing sector and catalysing new growth industries. A*STAR supports these economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and industrial capital to its partners in industry.

A*STAR oversees 20 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research entities, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis as well as their vicinity. These two R&D hubs house a bustling and diverse community of local and international research scientists and engineers from A*STAR’s research entities as well as a growing number of corporate laboratories.
For more info, please visit www.a-star.edu.sg

About the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) is a research institute of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). SIMTech develops high value manufacturing technology and human capital to contribute to the competitiveness of the Singapore industry. It collaborates with multinational and local companies in the precision engineering, electronics, semiconductor, medical technology, aerospace, automotive, marine, logistics and other sectors.
For more information, please visit: www.SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

Published: 11 Jul 2013

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