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A-Plus doesn't come easy for this homegrown firm

CARVING out a niche in food and e-commerce has helped A-Plus Automation make a name for itself in the materials management industry.

The homegrown firm, which was founded in 1979, started out trading motors, sensors and components for the automation industry in Singapore. Today, it designs, manufactures and installs automated materials handling systems for manufacturing and logistic companies ...more

S$25m for 'bold measures' to nurture innovation in Singapore


OVER S$25 million will be committed by the government to "bold measures" that will nurture a healthy innovation ecosystem in Singapore. This was announced by Minister Heng Swee Keat at the opening of the Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology (Switch) on Monday.

The new measures include an over-S$16 million boost to the cybersecurity sector, as well as the launch of Pollinate ...more

Digital skills needed in high-tech factories

Mr James Khoo has had his work cut out for him lately.

The hiring executive at Ultra Clean Asia Pacific is rushing to fill about 30 positions, mostly related to assembling machine parts or troubleshooting systems.

"Currently, we're expanding. We have a lot of prospects coming up, and we need people who are qualified to take up the roles, especially technicians," said Mr Khoo.

His ...more

Singapore to focus on e-commerce, digital economy when it takes over Asean chair


SINGAPORE will focus on e-commerce and the digital economy as well as improve trade facilitation in the region when it takes over the Asean chairmanship in 2018. Among other things, the Republic is looking to achieve a single window for Customs clearance.

Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang said this at the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Singapore ...more

Trials for cashless commutes to widen


TWO in every three public-transport commuters in Singapore still use cash to reload their EZ-link cards, and maintaining the top-up facilities at train stations and on buses imposes extra costs of S$20 million each year.

With the push under the Smart Nation initiative to have a fully cashless public transport system by 2020, the government hopes that, at some point, all ...more

Bright signs for economy

Manufacturing is the brightest spot in the Singapore economy this year, and the signs point to continued strong growth all year.

This is good news for the rest of the economy - with tentative signs this trade-driven pick-up is broadening out to benefit other sectors.

Factory activity rose for the 12th straight month in August, according to the purchasing managers' index (PMI), an ...more

Roadmap to vibrant ecosystem for Singapore's wholesale trade sector


SINGAPORE'S wholesale industry is shifting gear to create a vibrant ecosystem with clear targets, its own digital marketplaces and robust talent pipeline.

The Wholesale Trade Industry Transformation Map (ITM) - the eighth to be launched so far out of a total of 23 - will help companies digitalise to enhance global growth and productivity, and aims to create 10,000 new jobs ...more

S'pore makes strides in advanced manufacturing

AT a research facility in the south-west of Singapore, more than a hundred researchers and engineers are testing, experimenting and trialling technologies from artificial intelligence to robotics and fluid dynamics. The goal for British manufacturer Dyson's new S$587 million research and development centre set up in Singapore earlier this year is clear: develop new technology that will allow the company ...more

A merger to better serve Singapore Inc

UP until around the turn of the century, the conventional wisdom about corporate evolution was that companies should establish themselves in their domestic market first, and then venture overseas. In the 1990s therefore, it would have been typical for a seasoned tycoon to advise a young entrepreneur: Develop your company's capabilities, build your reputation and your brand at home, maybe do a listing ...more

Feeling the labour crunch? Let robots solve the problem

AT First glance, the robotics solutions that Aitech Robotics and Automation Pte Ltd offers might appear simple. Most of their automatons are mobile platforms that transport items from one place to another, or are mechanised consoles with seemingly straightforward functions.

However, Aitech is not a typical robot maker. What sets it apart is that it also writes all the software for its machines, ...more

DPM Teo: S'pore has to continue innovating

Over the past decades, Singapore has transformed itself from a labour-intensive economy to a knowledge-intensive one.

But it has to continue to innovate to ensure it remains competitive in a fast-changing world, said Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean yesterday evening.

"We are in the space where we have converted money into knowledge, ...more

Wholesale trade has 'good growth potential'

Despite challenges from increased digitalisation, the wholesale trade industry still has good growth potential, thanks to rising consumerism in Asia and Singapore's robust trading ecosystem.

That is the view from labour MP and NTUC assistant secretary-general Patrick Tay, who noted yesterday that the sector "shows great potential for jobs covering a diverse range of opportunities for working ...more

Singapore cannot afford to slow down

MUCH of the news these days reflects a world facing uncertain and anxious times. There is an increasingly disenchanted middle class questioning the benefits of globalisation.

At the heart of this angst is a perfectly reasonable demand for good jobs. But it is important to make the right diagnosis to avoid blaming the wrong factor. The problem is not globalisation, and blaming trade and putting ...more

Toyota unit invests in Grab to power big data push


GRAB Inc and a unit of the Toyota Motor Corporation on Wednesday announced a collaboration targeted at Grab drivers, rather than towards users of the ride-sharing platform.

While the previously disclosed talks between Uber and ComfortDelGro, which operates Comfort and CityCab taxis, revolved around fleet vehicle management and booking software solutions, the collaboration ...more

More needs to be done to digitally empower workers

THE digitalisation of the workplace and proliferation of mobile device and cloud applications have given professionals the ability to work from anywhere at any time. In addition, these same technologies have resulted in workers forming virtual teams and collaborating to increase productivity.

In terms of technology adoption, especially at the workplace, Singapore is at the cutting edge of ...more
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