German engineering conglomerate thyssenkrupp announced its plans to open an Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub in Singapore this year. The facility, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), aims to bring additive manufacturing, as well as thyssenkrupp’s engineering capabilities to new customers in the Asia Pacific region.
Singapore itself is becoming an important hub for additive manufacturing, as the government has pledged funding for the advancement and adoption of 3D printing and has identified the technology as a key enabler for the country’s advanced manufacturing growth. The city-state even highlighted AM in its Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 (RIE2020) Plan of Singapore.
The upcoming Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub will serve as thyssenkrupp’s regional facility for its Mülheim TechCenter, which opened in Germany in 2017. The broad goal of the center will be to unlock the potential of AM for customers in Singapore and across the Asia Pacific region.
“thyssenkrupp has always been at the forefront when it comes to innovation in engineering,” said Dr. Donatus Kaufmann, member of the executive board of thyssenkrupp AG, responsible for Technology and Innovation. “We have made great strides with our Additive Manufacturing TechCenter in Germany. Establishing a hub in Singapore now reflects our commitment to bring our transformative innovations closer to the Asia Pacific region to meet our customers’ needs.”
Beyond offering its own know-how to the Singapore market, thyssenkrupp also hopes to benefit from and thrive in Singapore’s innovative ecosystem, which is bolstered by government programs and rich academic research efforts. When it opens, the TechCenter Hub will focus on both metal and plastic 3D printing technologies and will work with customers in a range of industries, including automotive, capital goods, chemical, mining and more.
The facility will house state-of-the-art equipment for end-to-end additive manufacturing services, from part identification diagnostics to project delivery to capability building. Additive manufacturing engineers at the Singapore hub will also work closely with colleagues in Germany to drive innovation in the AM field and develop new products and solutions.
“thyssenkrupp’s Additive Manufacturing TechCenter Hub is an exciting addition to Singapore’s growing ecosystem of additive manufacturing technology providers,” commented Lim Kok Kiang, assistant managing director of the Singapore Economic Development Board. “We are delighted that thyssenkrupp has chosen to anchor the Center 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 additive manufacturing research and deployment in the region and beyond.”
Notably, the announcement for the new AM hub closely follows the signing of an MoU between Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. This collaboration seeks to leverage new technologies, including 3D printing, for naval applications.