In a global manufacturing outlook report, Asian manufacturing companies surveyed exhibited the highest investment expectations (in R&D and digital innovation) to transform their business, with a majority of respondents from China, Japan and India indicating they would spend more than six per cent of their revenues on those areas. 25 per cent of the respondents have already poured investment in avant-garde technologies such as 3D printing.
To address mounting industry’s needs as a consequence of their move towards digital transformation, MTA2017 — Asia’s premier manufacturing technology industry event returning from 4 to 7 April at the Singapore Expo, will open with a host of new and recurring features — Smart Manufacturing Asia Conference, Smart Manufacturing Asia Pavilion, Capabilities Hub, The Optics & Photonics Innovation Hub, The Semiconductor Innovation Centre, a 3D Printing Seminar and a new Technology Theatre.
“As manufacturing continues to evolve and value creation has become an integral component of the change process, many traditional manufacturing businesses in the Asian region need to become agile and embrace change. The new features, along with the recurring Capabilities Hub, are designed to serve industry players who are looking to leverage on technology and innovation to maintain their market leadership and stay ahead of the change curve,” says Mr. William Lim, Project Director of Machinery Events at UBM SES, organiser of MTA2017.
Lim adds, “More importantly, the newfound knowledge and skillsets will ensure that companies and their workforce will be well-positioned for growth opportunities in the new digital manufacturing era.”
MTA2017: Spotlighting advanced technologies for high-value manufacturing
Optics & Photonics Innovation Hub
In collaboration with the Optics and Photonics Society of Singapore (OPSS), LUX Photonics Consortium and The Photonics Institute, the Optics and Photonics Innovation Hub is dedicated to showcasing products and services in the field of optics and photonics. This specialised zone will bring together industry and academic leaders, manufacturers and suppliers to showcase the latest research and innovative products. Soda Vision, Del Mar Photonics / Team Photon Inc, Wavelength Opto-Electronic, Sintec Optronics and PI (Physik Instrumente) Singapore are among some of the confirmed exhibitors in the zone.
Confirmed participating member companies of LUX Photonics Consortium include Finisar Singapore, Einst Technology, Hylax Technology, II-VI Singapore, D’Optron, Tip Biosystems, Lighthaus Photonics and Hillhouse Technology.
Semiconductor Innovation Centre
According to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS), the worldwide semiconductor market is expected to increase two per cent in 2017 and 2.2 per cent in 2018. At MTA2017’s Semiconductor Innovation Centre, visitors can get up close with advanced semiconductor manufacturing technologies and solutions made for the evolving global electronics market, and learn how harnessing these technologies and solutions will enable the industry to compete in the global market. Companies on board include Sandvik South East Asia, ISO-Dynamique Microsystems and Onn Wah Tech.
Advances in additive manufacturing, or commonly known as 3D printing, have seen the application of more and more materials to the process and the creation of innovative solutions for the manufacturing industry. At MTA2017, The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster and the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre by Nanyang Polytechnic will display their respective advances in 3D printing. In addition, a 3D Printing Technology Tour and 3D Printing Seminar will be held to provide participants with deeper insights into the technological advancements, business opportunities, issues and challenges that are impacting the industry. Exhibitors in this space include Chemtron, Creatz3D, EOS, Eye-2-Eye Communications, Image Transforms, Intec Precision Equipment, InTED, Renishaw, SLM Solutions, Sodick, Trumpf and UCT Additive Manufacturing Center.
A centrepiece at MTA, the Capabilities Hub gathers local parts and component manufacturers and service providers to highlight their manufacturing competencies in the high-value sectors of Aerospace, Complex Equipment, Medical Technology and Oil & Gas. Organised in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), this area will see local and overseas players converge to network, exchange knowledge, discuss potential collaborations and forge partnerships.
Confirmed exhibitors include CEI Limited, Microcast, Eratech, Onn Wah Precision Machining, Fujicon Engineering, Autec Solutions, ST Kinetics Integrated Engineering, JEP Precision Engineering and Wah Son Engineering.
MetrologyAsia2017: Serving industry’s demands for precise engineering
Metrology solutions are important to the manufacturing process, from miniature electronics, intricate medical devices and precision components to large aircraft structures and oil & gas parts. MetrologyAsia2017 is dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge metrology and inspection equipment and spotlighting companies specialising in high-end test and measurement apparatuses and systems.
Conferences for knowledge and skills upgrading
In a rapidly changing business landscape, having the right information at the right time is essential to business sustainability and success. With knowledge sharing being a vital element, the conferences at MTA2017 are specially formulated to enhance industry professionals’ insights in new manufacturing concepts.
The Smart Manufacturing Asia conference will gather over 30 experts from some of the world’s top manufacturing firms and technology enablers, such as Accenture, Bombardier, BCG, Chevron Oronite, Emerson, Honeywell, Infineon Technologies, Mann+Hummel Group, Pepperl+Fuchs, Siemens and many more. These experts will delve into pertinent topics, imparting useful knowledge and strategies for the deployment of advanced manufacturing, such as Industry 4.0, Industrial IoT, Robotics, Higher Automation and Additive Manufacturing.
Extending knowledge transfer to the show floor, a Smart Manufacturing Asia Pavilion will be featured for the first time at MTA featuring state-of-the-art technological solutions from Accenture, BCG, Emerson, Honeywell, Mitsubishi Electric, TUV SUD and Siemens.
The Precision Engineering Centre of Innovation (PE COI) Annual Conference and the International Conference on Optical and Photonic Engineering (icOPEN), both having seen highly successful editions, will again return to debate on latest trends and issues facing the precision engineering industry.