Singapore International Robo Expo sets its sights on boosting robotics solutions industry
The inaugural edition of the Singapore International Robo Expo (SIRE), organised by Experia Events and co-organised by the Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA), was held from 1 to 2 November 2016 at the Sands Expo® and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands®. The event comprised an exhibition, product demonstrations, networking sessions and conferences.
Launched by Mr. S Iswaran, Minister of Trade and Industry (Industry), and themed ‘Forging the Future of Robotics Solutions’, SIRE served as a strategic platform for governments, private sector and academia to engage in dialogues, share industry best practices, forge partnerships and explore funding opportunities for the adoption of robotics solutions.
“SIRE debuts at a time when robotics has been gaining traction in the world due to the need for automation and better productivity. The latest World Robotics Report by the International Federation of Robotics has also identified Singapore as a market with one of the highest robot density in manufacturing, giving us more opportunities for further development in this field, and well as its extension into the services sectors,” said Mr. Oliver Tian, President, SIAA.
With S$450 million pledged by the Singapore government to the National Robotics Programme to develop the industry over the next three years, the debut of SIRE is timely to cultivate the adoption of robotics and support the growing industry.
Showcase of latest robotic innovations
The SIRE Expo attracted strong interest from institutes of higher learning (IHLs), research institutes, local and international enterprises, with innovation and technology applicable for a vast range of industries from manufacturing to healthcare.
Title sponsor ST Kinetics was one of the key exhibitors, together with other leading industry players including ABB, Murata, Panasonic, SICK Pte Ltd and Tech Avenue. Emerging SMEs such as H3 Dynamics, Design Tech Technologies and SMP Robotics Singapore also showcased their innovations at the exhibition. Participating research institute, A*STAR’s SIMTech, and other IHLs supporting the event included Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
The Expo also offered opportunities for visitors to view “live” demonstrations at the Demo Zone and come up close with the latest innovations and technologies. Some of the key highlights at the zone included the world’s only fully autonomous outdoor security robot developed by SMP Robotics Singapore, as well as ABB’s Yumi, IRB 14000, a collaborative robot designed to work in close collaboration and proximity with humans safely.