Singapore is advancing at a rate of knots when it comes to AM; One of Germany’s largest engineering firms announced it was to open a 3D printing facility in Singapore. In the press release for the announcement, Mr Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board, said:
“We are delighted that ThyssenKrupp has chosen to anchor the centre in Singapore. ThyssenKrupp will be well-positioned to leverage our diverse manufacturing base and strengths in Industry 4.0 to serve the needs of customers in Asia Pacific. The investment is further testament to Singapore’s growing reputation as a hub for AM research and deployment in the region and beyond.”
That ‘growing reputation’ is thanks mainly to NAMIC. Since its launch in October 2015, NAMIC has raised more than 30 million USD to initiate 179 projects covering industry technology development, translation, commercialisation, standards development, training and certification, across various industry verticals.