For Immediate Release
Festo Singapore and TUM Asia Further Cultivates Partnership to Establish a Competence Centre for Digitalisation, Technologies and Innovation (CDTI)
Singapore, 22 October 2019
Festo Singapore and Technical University of Munich Asia (TUM Asia) penned down their commitment to set-up a Competence Centre for Digitalisation, Technologies and Innovation (CDTI) with the support of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), at the Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific (ITAP) trade show on 22 October 2019.
The signing between Dr. Markus Wächter, Managing Director, TUM Asia, and Mr. Volker Schmid, Head of Asia Pacific, Festo Didactic SE was witnessed by Mr. Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director, EDB.
The set-up of the CDTI follows the successful training of over 60 working professionals across various industries in the first jointly developed Specialist Diploma in Advanced Digital Manufacturing in 2018, which had the support of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). It is envisaged that CDTI will accelerate the transfer of industry best-practices to the manufacturing industry in Singapore through its continuing education and training and professional service offerings.
“Maintaining a strong pipeline of future-ready talent is crucial in order for Singapore to harness the full potential of Industry 4.0. This collaboration between TUM Asia and Festo Singapore will help to raise the capabilities of our workforce, and contribute towards the training of skilled talent to address new needs in the industry,” said Mr. Lim.
“Festo is more than excited to announce this next step regarding our ongoing professional relationship with TUM Asia by means of offering joint courses within the context of future of manufacturing. The CDTI will adopt a broader approach to include digitalisation, new technologies, consulting as well as energy saving and environmental topics which are in high demand in Singapore and the region. We are convinced that our complete professional service offering will be able to meet the market needs and requirements,” said Mr. Volker Schmid.
Concurrently, CDTI will launch its flagship programme – LEARN. This programme adopts a 3-stage model of change to help companies engineer and implement their smart factory transformation blueprint based on the Singapore Smart Industry Readiness Index (SIRI) and companies’ target functions. It aims to help participating companies progress from a state of awareness, to appreciation and eventual adoption of a holistic transformation strategy that addresses the three building blocks of SIRI (Process, Technology and Organisation). The Centre will also function as a test-bed environment for participating companies to conduct collaborative sprint-based pilots. LEARN is endorsed by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and supported by knowledge partners such as TÜV SÜD Asia Pacific – COE Digital Service and Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation in Stuttgart, Germany.
“The TUM Asia – Festo Singapore collaboration is a unique academic – industry partnership which combines academic excellence and industrial know-how. TUM Asia is delighted to partner Festo Singapore to design rigorous and up-to-date training curriculum, provide consultations and develop solutions to meet industry needs. I believe that CDTI will help catalyse the digital transformation of the Singapore industry,” said Dr. Markus Wächter.
CDTI will commence operations in January 2020 within Festo Singapore’s existing premises at Kian Teck Way. It will be relocated to Singapore’s western manufacturing belt at the Jurong Innovation District in 2021. The 700 sqm Centre will house an equipment laboratory, office space and classroom facilities.
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About Festo Didactic
Festo Didactic is the world-leading provider of equipment and solutions for technical education.
We design and implement learning centres and laboratories, educational equipment and programmes that train people to perform in highly dynamic and complex environments. Our goal is to maximise learning success in educational institutions and industrial companies around the globe.
Festo Didactic educational solutions directly evolve from technologies and innovations in automation and engineering. They place students in real-life situations and enable them to gain practical experience with high-tech industrial components and current systems. The product design focuses on excellence in usability and practice orientation: All functional components stand out from their complex industrial surroundings. They are easy to use and easy to remember. Their specific functions, positions and connections within the learning system intuitively show how technologies really work.
All learning environments, such as learning factories, laboratory equipment and e-learning products, are offered in conjunction with technical, organisational and people-oriented training programmes – in 40 languages worldwide – and are associated with services like planning and operating complex learning centres, and with consultancy services for industrial companies.
About TUM Asia
As the first German academic venture abroad, TUM Asia opened its doors in Singapore in 2002. German in its roots and Asian in its approach, TUM Asia combines an emphasis on industry readiness and innovation with a distinct dedication to be relevant to Asia and its development. TUM Asia has seen over a thousand global graduates come through its Master programmes, including graduates from Asia and Europe.
TUM Asia currently offers five Master of Science programmes. The Industrial Chemistry, Integrated Circuit Design and Green Electronics programmes are jointly offered with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) or National University of Singapore (NUS). The Aerospace Engineering and Rail, Transport and Logistics programme is offered exclusively by TUM Asia. Our international faculty hail from Germany and more, and their wealth of knowledge from various fields provide a spectrum of experience for the students to glean from.
Recognising the demand for engineering excellence in Singapore, TUM Asia partnered Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to offer Bachelor of Science programmes in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and Chemical Engineering in 2010. It has also set up TUMCREATE in June 2010 to propagate research programmes, where scientists and researchers from both Germany and Singapore can work together for the advancement of science and technology. With the support of the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF), researchers at TUMCREATE focus on developing innovative systems that incorporate safety and reliability with functionality and energy efficiency in electric vehicles.