ABB signs MoU with Singapore Polytechnic to promote advanced manufacturing

2017-11-24 - Supporting the development of a digitally confident workforce in manufacturing operations

ABB signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and 13 other organizations to form an Advanced Manufacturing Programme Partners Network at the recently-held Regional Industry Networking Conference. Through this initiative, the industry aims to build a skilled workforce with the capabilities to support Singapore’s move towards higher-value added manufacturing activities through the adoption of advanced manufacturing.

Being one of the pioneers of advanced manufacturing in Singapore, ABB was invited to be part of the Network that will enable knowledge exchange and catalyze collaboration to support the country’s advanced manufacturing initiatives.

Johan de Villiers (left), Managing Director for ABB, Singapore and South-East Asia, received a token of appreciation from Soh Wai Wah, Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Polytechnic
“This is an exciting initiative and a positive step towards meeting the growing talent needs of industry while ensuring competitiveness”, said Johan de Villiers, Managing Director, ABB, Singapore and South-East Asia, who represented ABB at the event. “ABB is committed to encouraging the shift towards a more innovation-driven model for Singapore’s manufacturing industry and supporting its advanced manufacturing ambitions.”

Students from SP’s full-time engineering diplomas will have the opportunity to intern with ABB, get exposure to cutting-edge advanced manufacturing technologies or to develop solutions to help digitalize or automate work processes. Other areas of collaboration include industry projects, training courses and contributing to SP’s upcoming Smart Factory – an on-campus facility that aims to be an Advanced Manufacturing solutions test-bed, development hub, polytechnic and training center.

The SkillsFuture Series for Advanced Manufacturing was developed in partnership with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs). It was launched by Dr. Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry earlier this month at the 16th edition of Singapore Polytechnic (SP)’s Regional Industry Networking Conference, held in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of SP’s engineering cluster.

This initiative is in support of the Committee on the Future Economy’s recommendation for Singapore to focus on advanced manufacturing as a key growth area, a committee in which ABB was an active member and shared its vision to steer Singapore’s economy into its next phase of development.