Singapore, 7 May 2019
The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) signed a memorandum of understanding with Mobility goes Additive (MgA) which is the leading international network of companies, institutions and research institutes working on industrial additive solutions based in Berlin, Germany.
The signing ceremony was held at the NAMIC Summit 2019: Design For Additive Manufacturing at the Marina Bay Convention Centre, witnessed by guest-of-honour, Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Mr Oliver Fixson, Deputy Chief of Mission, German embassy Singapore.
The goal of Mobility goes Additive and all network members is to overcome the challenges of serial Additive Manufacturing (3D-printing) with joint forces. In achieving this goal, some things are key for the network: the members’ will to achieve results and to work productively, the focus on solutions and the common willingness to jointly establish Additive Manufacturing as an integral part of the production chain.
Ms Stefanie Brickwede, MgA’s Managing Director said, ”It’s a great honor to be in this partnership. We are proud to have this opportunity to collaborate with NAMIC in the area of parts identification suitable for additive manufacturing in the industrial sector from medical, transportation and logistics, construction equipment, aviation, automotive, shipping etc. There is a lot of room for a co-operation between our European network and the Singaporean SMEs. We see NAMIC as a valuable gateway to the Asian market.”
Dr Ho Chaw Sing, NAMIC’s Managing Director said, “MgA exemplifies the collaborative vision the German and European ‘Mittelstand’ has with research institutes to bring innovation into the industries, especially in the transportation sector, in particular with six European state owned railways, to produce 3D printed spare parts. This extends beyond transportation and to other industrial sectors which our SMEs can benefit from.”
Additive manufacturing or 3D Printing is one of the key technologies in the Industry 4.0 ecosystem. In Singapore, its interest and adoption has been growing in the industrial sectors over the past few years, notably in the maritime, marine offshore, aerospace, precision engineering and biomedical sectors.
About Mobility goes Additive (MgA): MgA is the leading international network for industrial additive manufacturing. The network meets these challenges by acting as a central platform, bundling the value creation potential along the process chain and promoting the mutual development of its members’ competencies. By this, joint development of innovative products is driven, know-how and information is transferred in a targeted manner. New business fields are identified, profitable business contacts are established, and new international markets are opened-up. This helps the market to become competitive against conventional production. Also, MgA serves as a contact partner for public and political institutions when required.
About NAMIC The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster, or NAMIC, is a pan-national initiative led by NTUitive, supported by the National Research Foundation and in partnership with Enterprise Singapore and the Singapore Economic Development Board. NAMIC aims to increase Singapore’s adoption of additive manufacturing technologies to enhance competitiveness in the rapidly evolving landscape of digital industrialisation. This is accomplished by nurturing promising AM technologies and start-ups, as well as accelerating translation R&D from public sector funded institutions with a focus on commercial applications. NAMIC seeds and enables public-private cross-collaboration, acting as a connector between industry, research performers and public agencies. It also assists companies seeking capital injection either through project joint-funding or leveraging on its investor networks.
NTUitive is the innovation and enterprise company of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.