IE Singapore helps local firms commercialise smart city solutions in China


According to the Straits Times, the new Singapore Manufacturing Innovation Centre will bring together local technology providers and companies and initiatives from China. The centre was developed by the Singapore government through the International Enterprise (IE) Singapore.  IE Singapore is a government agency which helps local companies to commercialise solutions and services outside Singapore.

IE Singapore partnered with Ascendas-Singbridge, a sustainable urban solutions provider, in establishing the Innovation Center located in Guangzhou city in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

The Innovation Center will house five solutions providers operating in the building energy efficiency, automated electric vehicles, motion control, Industrial IT and in the environmental sustainability sectors.

Mr Lee Ark Boon, CEO of IE Singapore, commented: “These companies can partner and co-create solutions with Chinese manufacturers as they move up the value chain.

In partnership with Chinese companies, the innovation center is expected to improve Singapore’s Iot, data analytics, augmented reality, industrial automation and additive manufacturing industries.

The launch of the innovation center follows the Guangdong provincial government setting aside $139 billion to address rising labor costs and shortages of skilled labour through the adoption of robotics in its manufacturing industry.

Mr Michael Leong, CEO of Singapore engineering firm, Sesto Robotics, added: “(The centre)’s strategic location with a well-connected transportation network and robust infrastructure provide us with an excellent base for reaching out to the Chinese companies requiring quality and intelligent automation solutions.”

IE Singapore and smart city partnerships

In late March, IE Singapore had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Pune Municipal Corporation in India to assist with the implementation of smart city projects in India.

Under the agreement with Pune Municipal Corporation, IE Singapore will facilitate the participation of Singapore-based urban solution providers in smart city projects being deployed under the Smart Cities Mission in Pune. Read more…


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