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Update time:2017-08-21

IE Singapore and Ascendas-Singbridge set up
Singapore Manufacturing Innovation Centre to help Singapore
technology companies partner Chinese enterprises
in Industry 4.0 solutions
MR No.: 034/17
Singapore, Monday, 21 August 2017
1. Today, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and Ascendas-Singbridge launched the
Singapore Manufacturing Innovation Centre (SMIC) in Guangzhou, a one-stop shop to
facilitate partnerships between Singapore Industry 4.0
1 (I4.0) technology solutions
providers and Chinese enterprises looking to adopt such solutions. This will help
Singapore companies tap rising demand in China, arising from the “Made in China
2025” initiative (MIC 2025) aimed at leveraging technology to upgrade traditional
industries and develop its advanced manufacturing sector.
2. SMIC is a first-of-its-kind platform to promote collaboration and co-creation of
innovative technology solutions among Singapore companies and Chinese enterprises.
IE Singapore has partnered Ascendas-Singbridge to bring together a pioneer batch of
five Singapore technology players with complementary capabilities to anchor the SMIC.
They are:
i) Akribis Systems, motion control solutions specialist;
ii) Barghest Building Performance, energy efficiency technology provider focusing
on intelligent building space;
iii) K-One, innovation solutions provider focusing on Sustainability, Environmental-
friendly and Value-added solutions;
iv) Plant Werx, industrial information technology provider;
1 Globally, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0), characterised by the convergence of new
technologies in the physical and digital spheres, is driving significant changes in production and
management systems within the manufacturing sector. The integration of advanced technologies into the
manufacturing ecosystem will transform factories into smarter, nimbler and responsive operations that
drive productivity and economic transformation.
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v) SESTO Robotics, autonomous technology specialist delivering automated
guided vehicle solutions
(Please refer to Annex for company details)
3. Located in the co-working space within Ascendas OneHub GKC in the Sino-Singapore
Guangzhou Knowledge City (GKC), the opening of SMIC was graced by Mr Ong Ye
Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for
Defence and Mr Chen Xiao Hua, Mayor of Huang Pu District and Executive Vice
Director of Guangzhou Development District Administration. Minister Ong is in
Guangzhou in his capacity as Co-Chairman of the Singapore-Guangdong
Collaboration Council (SGCC). The five Singapore companies, Ascendas-Singbridge
and Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co. Ltd
will sign a strategic partnership framework agreement at the eighth SGCC meeting
SMIC a launchpad for Industry 4.0 collaboration in China
4. With a strong manufacturing foothold, Guangdong is now driving innovation and tech-
driven manufacturing for its next phase of growth. In line with MIC 2025, the
Guangdong government has pledged approximately SG$190 billion
2 to drive the
upgrade of its manufacturing sector and the adoption of robotics to cope with rising
labour costs and shortage of skilled labour.
5. The five SMIC member companies aim to partner Chinese manufacturers in this drive,
co-creating solutions that contribute to I4.0 readiness and facilitating the Chinese
manufacturing sector transition to advanced manufacturing. Areas of collaboration
cover robotics and industrial automation, additive manufacturing, augmented reality,
Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT), as well as big data and analytics.
6. For example, K-One and SESTO Robotics have generated interest from Chinese
enterprises for automated inflight catering solutions. K-One’s I4.0 solutions in industrial
cleaning and inflight catering preparation lines complement SESTO Robotics’
automated guided vehicle systems that transport various types of products and
materials autonomously. This partnership allows them to create a complete automation
solution for Chinese companies looking to improve efficiency in assembling pre-packed
2 The Economist, “Special Report: Pearl River Delta”
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7. Mr Lee Ark Boon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IE Singapore said, “Singapore has
a strong knowledge-intensive manufacturing sector, which accounts for 20% of our
GDP. Because of this, our local technology solutions providers have gained relevant
expertise and track record in transforming the traditional manufacturing sector. These
companies can partner and co-create solutions with Chinese manufacturers as they
move up the value chain. The SMIC serves as a one-stop shop for Singapore and
Guangdong enterprises to collaborate on I4.0 solutions, and scale up in other parts of
8. IE Singapore and Ascendas-Singbridge will connect the SMIC member companies to
potential business leads. Housed in the Ascendas OneHub GKC, the SMIC
participants have ready access to MNCs and Chinese enterprises situated in the
Guangzhou Development District. They will also benefit from seminars, workshops,
tradeshows and demonstrations that facilitate networking and business matching.
Ascendas-Singbridge will provide supporting services for the companies to plug into
the business ecosystem in Guangdong and Southern China.
9. Mrs Nina Yang, Ascendas-Singbridge’s CEO for Sustainable Urban Development said,
“As the master developer of Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, Ascendas-
Singbridge is pleased to jointly launch the SMIC with IE Singapore. Located in the
heart of the Pearl River Delta region, one of the world’s most important manufacturing
and industrial hubs, SMIC is strategically positioned for innovative enterprises to meet
the demand of Chinese manufacturers actively seeking solution partners to enhance
their capabilities and create higher value-add. This is in line with our commitment to
play a meaningful role in supporting economic and social development in key cities
across China and round the region.”
10. Mr Michael Leong, Chief Executive Officer of SESTO Robotics, said, “SMIC’s strategic
location with a well-connected transportation network and robust infrastructure,
provides us with an excellent base for reaching out to the Chinese companies requiring
quality and intelligent automation solutions. We are actively engaging clients and
partners who are looking for intelligent robotics solutions in the South China region, to
support the burgeoning growth of advanced manufacturing in China.”
11. In 2016, Guangdong’s GDP reached SG$1.63 trillion (7.5% increase from 2015). As a
key node of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) Economic Zone, the nine Guangdong cities
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along the PRD 3 account for more than a tenth of China’s GDP 4 . Guangdong is known
for producing white goods such as television sets, electrical fans and refrigerators, and
other consumer products like garments, toys, shoes and electronics. Exports of most
of these products rank the highest in China 5 . Well-known Chinese manufacturers
include China Petrochemical Corp., SAIC Motor and Chinese Aviation Industry Corp.
MNCs such as Foxconn and Cisco have also looked to Guangzhou to establish smart
manufacturing facilities.
For media enquiries and/or event photos, please contact:
IE Singapore
Ms Cassandra Wong
Manager, Media Division
Corporate Communications Group
DID : (+65) 6433 4618
Email :
Ms Joyce Wee
Senior Manager, Group Communications
DID: (+65) 6508 8970
Mobile: (+65) 9386 3888
About International Enterprise Singapore
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Singapore companies to go global.
We attract and anchor global trading companies in Singapore by promoting our unique
advantages as a global trading hub. Today, Singapore is home to a complete ecosystem
for the energy, agri-commodities and metals & minerals trading clusters.
Through our network of over 35 overseas centres and comprehensive assistance
programmes, we partner Singapore companies to strengthen their global competitiveness.
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About Ascendas-Singbridge
Ascendas-Singbridge Group is Asia’s leading sustainable urban and business space
solutions provider with Assets under Management exceeding S$20 billion. The Group
undertakes urbanisation projects spanning townships, mixed-use developments and
3 Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Huizhou, Jiangmen, Shenzhen, Zhaoqing, Zhongshan and Zhuhai
4 The Economist Special Report on The Pearl River Delta
5 HK TDC Guangdong market profile
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business/industrial parks. Headquartered in Singapore, Ascendas-Singbridge has projects
in 28 cities across 9 countries in Asia, including Australia, China, India, Indonesia,
Singapore and South Korea.
Ascendas-Singbridge holds commercial, hospitality and industrial assets across Asia
Pacific. It has a substantial interest in and also manages three Singapore-listed funds
under its subsidiary Ascendas, namely Ascendas Reit (a Straits Times Index component
stock), Ascendas India Trust and Ascendas Hospitality Trust. Besides these listed funds, it
also manages a series of private real estate funds. For more information, visit
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About Akribis Systems
Akribis’ core business is in the design and manufacturing of motors, stages, and precision
systems that are used in equipment for manufacturing, inspection, and testing. Specifically,
Akribis supplies linear servo motors, rotary motors, air bearing stages, xyz stages, voice
coil motors, and more to support a wide range of industries including semiconductor, flat
panel, data storage, photonics, biomedical and electronics manufacturing.
Akribis is also engaged in the trading and distribution of standard or custom parts (make-to-
stock) and project-based equipment contract manufacturing and automation business.
Akribis has offices located in Singapore, China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Germany and the
United States. The company has 16 patents which were applied since 2004.
About K-One
K-ONE Industries Pte Ltd is an innovation solutions provider focusing on Sustainability,
Environmental-friendly and Value-added solutions. It is one of the leading companies on
“Green and Sustainable Technology”. K-ONE is head-quartered in Singapore with its own
Research and Development (R&D) team. Its regional offices are in Taiwan, Indonesia and
China. Over the years, it had achieved success stories on Industrial Waste Water
Treatment, Industrial Dish-washing Systems and Flexible Assembly Automation Systems.
Our innovative solutions are well-recognized with patent rights.
As an Innovation company, it will continue to focus on our core strength in developing
innovative and specialized concepts for our customers in order to improve their operations
over existing conventional processes.
About Barghest Building Systems
Barghest Building Performance (BBP) is a leading company in the intelligent building space.
We specialize in optimising existing HVAC and Refrigeration systems in commercial and
industrial buildings. BBP’s proprietary technology focuses on optimising operational
performance of installed systems to achieve energy savings without replacing any
equipment. BBP system has proven to achieve sustained savings of 10%~30% of existing
Chiller Plant energy consumption and has received accreditations from Singapore Media &
Information Authority, National Environment Agency and Singapore Green Building Council.
About Plant Werx
Plant Werx Pte Ltd is a System Integrator in Industrial Controls Automation. It has been in
the industry since year 2000. The company focuses mainly in Process Controls and
specialises in industries such as Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Oil & Gas and Water
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About SESTO Robotics
SESTO Robotics is a leading robotics company in the field of autonomous technology.
Headquartered in Singapore, the company engineers and delivers robotics solutions to
global clients seeking to empower their businesses with greater efficiency. SESTO
Robotics’ line of automated guided vehicles, designed to automate material movement
processes, is an autonomous and sustainable solution that has been employed by industry
leaders in the field of manufacturing and logistics. SESTO Robotics is part of HOPE
Technik, a company accredited by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).