- Strong exhibitor showcase and conference topics cater to growing demand for fully integrated capabilities across the entire value chain, in line with robust market interest and growing presence in Southeast AsiaSingapore, 23 October 2014 – The first Manufacturing Solutions Expo (MSE) 2014 concluded with a bang on 10 October 2014 over three days at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre. Held as part of the National Productivity Month, MSE 2014 was jointly organised by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings. Manufacturing Solutions Expo 2014 attracted close to 2,500 visitors who networked with more than 100 exhibitors. The Guest of Honour at MSE 2014 was Mr S. Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry.MSE 2014 is the first of its kind in Singapore that targets organisations across the entire manufacturing value chain and showcases diverse solutions to help organisations overcome challenges faced in the manufacturing industry. Categorised into six unique segments, these solutions represented the various aspects of the manufacturing value chain: enterprise systems, consultancy, resources management, industrial automation consisting of 3D printing, robotics and precision engineering, transport and logistics, packaging and storage, and upgrading solutions. Targeted at manufacturing professionals, policy makers and business leaders, the highly anticipated trade exhibition showcased innovative technologies and cost effective solutions to raise productivity within the entire value chain of the manufacturing sector.Mr. Lam Joon Khoi, Secretary-General of Singapore Manufacturing Federation, said: “The many innovative solutions and applications showcased at the Manufacturing Solutions Expo 2014 were met with great interest from trade visitors. These solutions can provide concrete assistance to companies to improve productivity gains. We are pleased to see visitors and exhibitors actively reaching out to each other and are confident that business ties forged during the show will continue to strengthen and contribute to the manufacturing industry as a whole.” Mr. Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, said: “Manufacturing Solutions Expo 2014 reflects the evolution of the manufacturing industry. We are confident that the numerous solutions and applications will enable all participants to gain new perspectives that enable them to adapt to the fast-changing industrial environment, as well as discover new technology trends and markets, to meet the rising demand for fully integrated capabilities.”MSE 2014 spanned across 6,000 square metres with more than 100 exhibiting brands from around the region. These included ABB, Advantech, AEB, Beckoff, Cantier, Cornerstone, Cortex, Daeshin, Datamax-O'Neil, EOS, FACT Software, i-Cart, IBM, ifm, Hiwin, Honeywell, Konica Minolta, KUKA, M1, Motorola Solutions, OGP, Precision Laser, SAGE, SAP, SMC, Stratasys, Tsubaki Unitronics and Videojet. The diverse solutions presented at this trade exhibition were applicable across a wide range of industries such as building and construction, chemical, energy, food and beverage, oil and gas, retail and merchandising.The trade exhibition was supported by many local and regional trade associations and government agencies. Several delegations from Singapore and around the region attended the trade show and returned with many key takeaways. Mr Andy Tan, Managing Director of Tiarco Chemicals who led a group of visitors, said: “We were excited by the array of key technologies representing the entire value chain in the manufacturing sector. We came to the show to meet with exhibiting companies in the areas of laser welding, metrology/gauging equipment, industrial automation and 3D printers and are happy to have met with some noteworthy exhibitors in these areas. Such customised group tours are extremely beneficial as it enables us to conduct a more focused and productive exploration with companies that we seek to meet.”Exciting Line up of Knowledge-based Activities Another major event organised by SMF, in conjunction with the National Productivity Month, was the Singapore Innovation & Productivity Conference (SIPC) 2014. Held over two days, SIPC2014 featured over eight top-notch industrialists, academics and researchers, who shared and exchanged their knowledge and experience with more than 360 attending delegates from 193 companies. Themed “Transform to Perform”, SIPC 2014 focused on the need for companies to transform through innovation and productivity to achieve business growth and sustainability. The conference received positive feedback from participants. Mr Tan Ka Huat, Managing Director of CEI Contract Manufacturing Limited, said: “I found the SIPC 2014 enlightening with the key focus on innovation. Content-wise, the conference offered great value in terms of new learnings and excellent practices pursued by the innovative players. My investment of time at SIPC 2014 was very worthwhile.”A series of technology talks were also conducted over the three trade days. Some of the topics included Smarter Manufacturing with the Internet of Things by IBM, Connecting Dots of IoT by Motorola Solutions, 3D Printing – The Next Industrial Revolution by EOS GmbH, and Future of Manufacturing by Singapore Economic Development Board. Participants found these talks enriching and value-added to their trade show experience. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was also signed between Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and Japan Management Association (JMA). The MOU affirmed commitment between the two organisations in working towards strengthening business relations and economic cooperation between Singapore and Japan. The MOU sent a strong signal of intent towards improving the economic vibrancy between both nations.Mr Douglas Foo, SMF President-designate, said: “The collaboration between SMF and JMA is an important step towards strengthening business relations and promoting economic co-operation between Singapore and Japanese enterprises. It is my wish that by working together, SMF and JMA will be able to learn from each other and provide assistance to our members in the various areas of trade, investment and business events, as well as upskilling.” The second edition of Manufacturing Solutions Expo will take place from 7 to 9 October 2015. Premium spaces are now available. Organisations which are keen to exhibit at either of these trade shows are encouraged to reserve their spaces early to avoid disappointment.For more information, please visit www.ms-expo.com.Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited Co. Regn. No. 198402868EFor media enquiries, please contact:Sphere Exhibits:Rabita Jamal Senior Manager, Trade MarketingSphere Exhibits Tel: 63191675Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgVanni Cheong Assistant Manager Corporate Communications & CSR Singapore Press Holdings Limited Tel: 63191553 Email: email@example.com Singapore Manufacturing Federation:Patricia Ang Director, Corporate & Marketing Communications Singapore Manufacturing FederationTel: 68263034 HP: 93628258 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgKiki ZhengExecutive, Corporate CommunicationsSingapore Manufacturing FederationTel: 68263013HP: 91509237Email: email@example.comAbout Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele. Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among the 20 Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters and Kidz Academy. Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners.About Singapore Press Holdings LtdIncorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 2.8 million individuals or 69 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. Beyond print, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers every month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, omy.sg, ST701, Stomp and SPH Razor. SPH has also ventured into book publishing, broadcasting, events, out-of-home advertising and properties. For more information, please visitwww.sph.com.sg.About Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF)Established since 1932, SMF represents the interest of the Singapore manufacturing community, driving its competitiveness and sustainable growth through serving industry-specific needs. Supported by 10 industry groups and six Centres of Excellence, SMF enhances the competitiveness of the industry by encouraging capacity development and capability building, and innovation-led productivity. It provides opportunities for companies to collaborate, network and to grow and expand both locally and internationally. Current membership stands at more than 3,000 corporate members ranging from SMEs to MNCs. For more information, please visit www.smfederation.org.sg.About Singapore Innovation & Productivity Institute (SiPi)Singapore Innovation & Productivity Institute is a knowledge enterprise that champions manufacturing excellence through innovation and productivity for Singapore’s manufacturing sector. Its key functions include providing productivity resources and customised roadmapping / coaching support to help enterprises implement their specific productivity roadmaps. SiPi also undertakes research and benchmarking to steer industry development, and collaborates closely with government agencies, industry experts, academia and overseas institutes to develop tools, case studies and localise best practices. SiPi also leverages highly on SMF’s other Centres of Excellence to provide a one-stop solution for productivity and innovation. About Singapore Business Federation (新加坡工商联合总会)As the apex business chamber, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) champions the interests of the business community in Singapore in trade, investment and industrial relations. Nationally, SBF acts as the bridge between businesses and government in Singapore to create a conducive business environment. Internationally, SBF represents the business community in bilateral, regional and multilateral fora for the purpose of trade expansion and business networking. For more information, please visit our website: www.sbf.org.sg About Singapore National Employers’ Federation (新加坡全国雇主联合会)The Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) was established in 1980. SNEF is a trade union of employers dedicated to preserving industrial harmony and helping employers achieve excellence in employment practices, thereby enhancing productivity, competitiveness as well as the quality of their employees' work life. With the support of over 3,000 corporate members, SNEF is an active player in facilitating the tripartite partnership among the Government, employers and unions. For more information, please visit www.snef.org.sg.