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Understand everything about Manufacturing in Singapore
March 29, 2023

Singapore's manufacturing industry

Singapore is no stranger to manufacturing as it represents 21% of the country's GDP. 

Employing 12% of the population, the sector held itself up during the covid crisis, mostly due to the importance of AI, robotics, and automation in the industry.

Simply put, manufacturing is the process of changing goods and materials to create new products either mechanically, or physically. 

Automation, computers, and robots have sped up the manufacturing process and allows the creation of large amounts of products with little effort and time.

Manufacturers put software in place throughout the manufacturing process to test, monitor, and create manufactured goods. 

Each year increases manufacturing speeds, efficiency, and profitability each year.

What is Singapore's Manufacturing Sector known for?

Singapore is well-recognized as an advanced economy in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Singapore's economic development is driven largely by electronic production machinery, financial services, tourism, and the busiest container ports on earth. 21 March 2020.

Singapore's manufacturing sector has grown as a particularly interesting place because of the number of local companies in the semiconductor industry, production facilities, and its closeness to the Asian market. 

Many western companies come to Singapore to extend their supply chain, create research institutes and extend their reach to the rest of the Asian market.

Singapore provides a much safer space for companies to develop than neighboring China. 

Singapore manufacturing is well known for a variety of sub-sector, most notably, advanced manufacturing, medical technology, availability of raw materials, and a highly skilled labor force as well as higher learning availability. 

The city is also well known for its advanced manufacturing facilities.

Much of Singapore's popularity is due to the Singapore government which constantly tries to grab the attention of multinational corporations and companies in the hopes to make them settle their factories and industries in the city.

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Advanced manufacturing

The advanced manufacturing sector refers to the use of modern technology to create more efficient, complicated processes. 

This reflects the introduction of smart factories, digital transformation, and high-tech goods.

One of the most famous examples is the development of modern electronics and in particular microchips. 

These have been getting smaller and smaller each year, to the point where advanced manufacturing is developing methods of printing 3-nanometer layers and even less!

The Singapore manufacturing hub is, along with several other countries, responsible for the development of these technologies. 

As you can imagine, such processes require extreme precision and years of research.

Some sectors rely more heavily on advanced manufacturing than others, most notably the aerospace industry, robots, and modern technologies in general. 

Advanced manufacturing is still a method of production that requires a lot of investment and is only reserved for the most sophisticated tasks and most important sectors.

Industry 4.0

One of the ideas behind advanced manufacturing is the creation of industry 4.0, a new way of organizing the means of production. 

The purpose of manufacturing has always been to increase the number of units per unit of time produced, and to minimize costs.

The promise of Industry 4.0 is to create large amounts but also to make sure these products are personalized and adapted to the consumer.

The central idea behind this movement is the introduction of large-scale automation in advanced manufacturing, making the consumer capable of communicating directly with the machines and getting his product ready as fast as possible by bypassing the whole validation process.

Transforming the sector

The Smart Industry Readiness Index or SIRI was created in Singapore, in partnership with a network of leading technology companies, consultancy firms, industry, and academic experts.

The index is supposed to help companies get to the next level by helping them assess their needs and current position.

Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is a subsector of the manufacturing industry. 

To use less fancy terms, additive manufacturing is the basis of 3D printing.

In essence, additive manufacturing is the process of adding matter together to create a product instead of taking matter away. 

When creating a product you can start off from a large chunk of matter that you morph into your desired piece, much like a sculptor would do. 

You can also start from nothing and add matter, bit by bit until you reach your final idea.

3D printing has expanded widely throughout the world in the last decade and is now one of the most common methods of quick manufacturing.

Additive manufacturing presents itself as an interesting alternative to traditional manufacturing methods because it both uses fewer materials (up to 90% in some extreme cases)and saves energy (about 25%).

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