Mar 27, 2017 | By Julia

US-based additive manufacturing heavyweight Emerson has launched a new 3D printing plant in Clementi, Singapore. The state-of-the-art facility is Emerson’s second worldwide development hub, and comes as part of Emerson’s ongoing investment in the Asia-Pacific region, which has totalled over $80 million in the past five years.

The Singapore centre aims to strengthen Emerson’s 3D printing program via the production of special, customized and application-specific parts and products.

The American company’s additive manufacturing program began three years ago with the opening of the Additive Manufacturing Technology Center in Marshalltown, Iowa, the global headquarters for Fisher final control products.

Expanding on the program’s initial focus of control valve components, the Marshalltown and Singapore centres will actively work on Research & Development (R&D) and production services for all Emerson businesses moving forward.

The new plant was opened earlier this week by Emerson Chairman and CEO David Farr, who was joined in part by Executive President of Emerson Automation Solutions Mike Train, President of Emerson Automation Solutions (Asia Pacific) Ron Martin, and Singapore’s Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr. Koh Poh Koon.

At the plant launch, Farr noted that Singapore has been a manufacturing and technology hub for Emerson since 1965. Building on that relationship, Farr cited the country’s strong manufacturing industry, advantageous business climate, excellent transportation connections, powerful workforce and university system, and robust intellectual property protections as reasons for his company’s increase in activities and investment in Singapore. Farr also welcomed the Singapore government’s consistent support.

Currently Asia Pacific customers account for about 22 percent of Emerson sales.

“AM [Additive Manufacturing] has come a long way from a technology that was originally used for prototyping,” said Minister of Trade and Industry Dr. Koh, who echoed Farr’s praise.

Citing a recent study by technology consultant group Wohlers Associates, Koh noted that the global AM industry is now worth over $5.1 billion USD, with a growth of 26 percent between 2014 and 2015.

“The Committee on the Future Economy has identified advanced manufacturing as one of the key growth areas,” he said.“Singapore has to continue to invest in advanced manufacturing technologies, in line with the changing complexion of manufacturing.”

Alongside the launch of Emerson’s new Singapore centre, the American company has also entered into a five-year research collaboration deal with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore). As part of the agreement, NTU postgraduate students will be able to get real-world 3D printing training at the new Emerson center, and carry out product research projects.

The firm has so far not disclosed the cost of the new facility or how many people it will employ. Emerson has confirmed, however, that the plant will focus on producing customized parts for power plants, refineries, and sectors such as precision engineering and the aerospace industry.

 

 

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