The new facility will also house an information technology hub that will support the group’s growth and further activities for the APAC region.
Precision engineering company ifm electronic Asia has relocated its factory to a larger facility in Singapore, a move it says will help it "to help achieve robust automation and digitisation."
The new factory's land area of nearly 10,000 m² is more than double that of the previous space. Approximately half of the usable space is in use, while the remaining half is planned for future expansion. In addition, this space will house a new IT Hub that will be set up in 2022 to serve the APAC region in the future, ifm added.
In the move to this new facility, ifm will also be introducing customer training in an integrated training centre to help their technical staff improve their understanding of new automation concepts and better user experiences, thereby enhancing automation deployment and digitalisation. Neighbouring countries will also be able to use these facilities for training.
With the increased space, the group will have more room to test and develop new ideas for production to save time and increase overall efficiency and productivity. Additionally, the supply chain area now has a more independent warehousing and optimised storage area for future integration of automation technology.
Incoming quality inspection has been integrated with the warehouse and shipping area to minimise the processing time and increase process efficiency, according to the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
Commenting on the move, Björn Ostertag, Dipl.-Ing. (FH), Managing Director, ifm Electronic Asia, expressed his gratitude: "We would like to thank all those involved who made a successful and smooth relocation possible. With this expansion, we aim to work closer with our customers and partners in the region to further help them through their digitalisation for the future.”
Manohar Khiatani, Special Advisor to Chairman of the Singapore EDB, also commented: “ifm has been a major contributor to Singapore’s precision engineering sector. With the new facility, which is the company’s biggest investment in Asia to date, more than 75 jobs will be created over five years in areas such as R&D and production. We thank ifm for this vote of confidence in Singapore, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership in the years to come."
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