25 April 2019 - Jurong Innovation District was showcased earlier this month at Hannover Messe, one of the world’s largest trade show for industrial technology held in Hannover, Germany. The District was featured as part of the Singapore government’s efforts to drive industry 4.0, which also included other initiatives such as EDB’s Smart Industry Readiness Index (SIRI) and A*STAR’s Industrial Internet-of-Things Innovation (I3) platform.
Artist’s Impression of advanced manufacturing activities in Jurong Innovation DistrictArtist’s Impression of advanced manufacturing activities in Jurong Innovation District

Home to a vibrant ecosystem of manufacturers, technology providers, research and education institutions, the District is a one-stop advanced manufacturing campus with a collaborative and open platform where manufacturers can start, scale and sustain their advanced manufacturing journey. Companies in the District will have ready access to more than 33,000 STEM talents from the Nanyang Technological University, as well as workforce training programmes available within the District. Designed as a conducive industrial estate of the future, the District features abundant green links and parks, including the 5-hectare Jurong Eco-Garden. An 11km-long sky corridor connects workplaces throughout the District with transport hubs, amenities, and community spaces.

The week-long Hannover Messe featured 6,500 exhibitors and was attended by 215,000 international delegates. Industry 4.0 forerunners were excited about the collaborative ecosystem developing in the District. They resonated with the District being a key hub for advanced manufacturing solutions and a springboard for Industry 4.0 business opportunities in the region. Technology enablers favour the proximity to technology adopters and leading industry players are receptive to the idea of setting up their smart factories in the District to tap into the advanced manufacturing ecosystem and to enhance their corporate branding.

Visitors at the Singapore booth, which showcased Jurong Innovation DistrictVisitors at the Singapore booth, which showcased Jurong Innovation District

At the Singapore Pavilion, 14 other Singapore companies also showcased their advanced manufacturing solutions, products and services, as well as progress that Singapore has made in the industry 4.0 space.

Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon, who led the delegation to Germany, highlighted the District as a one-stop campus for advanced manufacturing during his keynote speech at Hannover Messe’s Industry 4.0 Forum and invited companies to be part of the ecosystem. He added that “for European companies seeking to make inroads to Southeast Asia’s advanced manufacturing industry, Singapore will serve as an ideal springboard to the region.”