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Singapore Establishes First Remanufacturing Facility In Asia

Singapore recently made new headlines once again after unveiling the first, one-of-a-kind remanufacturing plant in Southeast Asia. Called the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre, the plant has been inspired by the success of countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States in the remanufacturing research and development field.

“The Advanced Remanufacturing & Technology Centre will help industries realise remanufacturing’s economic and environmental potential through public-private collaborative R&D. Member companies can leverage on our spectrum of relevant capabilities, advanced infrastructure and high-quality talents, while at the same time contribute to value-added manufacturing activities here. The Centre also represents the way in which high-value manufacturing is advancing globally,” said A*STAR Science and Engineering Research Council Executive Director Raj Thampuran in the centre’s official press statement.

A*STAR, Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research, will be tapped by the ARTC for its university arm, the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). The institute is known for its R&D proficiency in automation and manufacturing processes. Other local universities such as the Nanyang Technological University will also be tapped for its R &D expertise in production technologies.

Industry leaders such as Boeing, Siemens, Rolls-Royce, ABB, Carl Zeiss and FUCHS Lubricants have also vowed to help out in bridging technical gaps in remanufacturing in various key industries. These companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ARTC for the R&D collaboration.

Remanufacturing is a kind of process that adds value to end-life products by reassembling, repurposing and cleaning the parts to make them seem and function line brand new products. These products will then undergo quality control and industry certifications tests to ensure the usability and safety of the products before being reintroduced into the Singapore market.

The process is believed to be more energy-conserving and cost-effective than recycling because it preserves the value as well as the raw material of the manufactured product.

The remanufacturing technology has long been applied by the marine, industrial, aeronautics, and auto industries. Analysts predict that the global automotive remanufacturing cluster of the sector will increase to US$104.8 billion in the next three years.