Yesterday, ASTM International’s global advanced manufacturing programs division held an open house at ASTM’s Singapore office, for key members, partners, and stakeholders in the region. The event served to bolster ASTM’s commitment to supporting the continued development of advanced manufacturing and other emerging technologies in Singapore and the Asia Region.
Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board, the Singapore office and the global advanced manufacturing teams play a key strategic role by focusing on emerging areas such as additive manufacturing, robotics and automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data analytics, and cybersecurity.
“Under the leadership of Dr. Alex Liu, the advanced manufacturing team in the Singapore office provides knowledge and coordinates local and regional engagement in research to standards for emerging technologies, particularly advanced manufacturing in the Asia region”, said Mohsen Seifi, Ph.D., vice president of global advanced manufacturing programs. “Across the region, we will continue to develop impactful programs, support initiatives, and progress together as one. In Singapore for instance, we have worked on local programs such as the SGUnited initiative and supported university internships in areas including robotics, automation, and digital twin, and we look forward to doing more in the advanced manufacturing technologies area.”
In 2018, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) signed an agreement with ASTM International, becoming the first in ASIA to join the ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE) as a strategic partner. Under this strategic partnership, NAMIC coordinates the center’s R&D and related activities for the Asia-Pacific region, driving advancements and innovation in AM on a global scale. Several NAMIC-supported R&D projects have contributed to international AM standardization activities through the ASTM International AM CoE, including two published standards, and several others currently under development.
In addition to the open house, ASTM International also hosted a certificate course on Quality Assurance for Additive Manufacturing, while exhibiting at the Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific (ITAP 2022), taking place Oct. 18-20, in Singapore.
Moving forward, ASTM International will continue to deepen relationships, support research and innovation, and develop training and certification programs in advanced manufacturing. Liu, who previously served as ASTM’s head of additive manufacturing programs, will now take on a new role as head of advanced manufacturing programs, Asia region, supporting complementary technologies programs beyond additive manufacturing.
As part of ASTM International’s strong and growing commitment to Singapore and the Asia region, the organization’s Board of Directors and management team will meet in Singapore on April 24-26, 2023. While there, they will host an event to formally open the Singapore office and introduce Mr. Elvin Chia, ASTM’s ASEAN representative.
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