SINGAPORE: The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has officially unveiled two state-of-the-art facilities in the Jurong Innovation District, managed by Jurong Corporation (JTC), in a step to further expand the nation’s advanced manufacturing ecosystem.

The event was officiated by Minister for Trade and Industry, Gan Kim Yong, yesterday  (Oct 19).

The two newly established facilities, housed within the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and the National Metrology Centre under SIMTech, are poised to expand sustainable manufacturing in the region. Their mission is not only to enhance Singapore’s capabilities but also to contribute significantly to the nation’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2045.

At the core of this endeavour is a collaborative approach. Leading research institutions will join forces with industry partners, working in tandem to jointly develop and accelerate manufacturing processes with a clear focus on achieving net-zero emissions. This collaborative synergy will enable Singapore to remain at the forefront of environmentally responsible manufacturing.

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The significance of this event was further amplified by the presence of approximately 300 industry players who had the privilege of touring the Jurong Innovation Zone facilities. These industry representatives also participated in insightful industry sharing sessions aimed at providing them with knowledge and collaboration opportunities related to Industry 4.0 manufacturing technology, workforce transformation, and sustainable manufacturing.

In a parallel development, Workforce Singapore has introduced a revamped job induction training programme. This programme is tailored to provide essential support to Jurong Group tenants in the realm of Industry 4.0 and workforce transformation. By equipping the workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge, this initiative is expected to bolster Singapore’s position in the evolving landscape of advanced manufacturing.

The launch of these two pioneering facilities, alongside the concerted efforts to foster collaboration and provide the workforce with the essential skills, reinforces Singapore’s commitment to not only leading in advanced manufacturing but doing so in an environmentally sustainable and responsible manner.