The sector 10 years from now

LEARNING FROM OTHER SECTORS

Enterprises have to embrace a new business model and be innovative. Sakae Sushi can learn from the process of car manufacturing or the aerospace industry, in how they are so efficient and productive. The next chapter is going to be much more exciting.

MR DOUGLAS FOO, founder of the Sakae Sushi chain, and Singapore Manufacturing Federation president


JOURNEY TOWARDS EXCELLENCE

It may be 10 years or beyond, but it's a journey. I would like to see Singapore as a location where all our manufacturing operations are best in class, in terms of operation efficiency, productivity, driving manufacturing process improvements, and so on.

We could be managing and controlling production in the region as well and have an ecosystem of supporting industries.

If Singapore's manufacturing operations can be best in class, it would provide good job opportunities.

EDB ASSISTANT MD LIM KOK KIANG


HARNESSING NEW TECHNOLOGIES

My vision is for the company to be a critical hub for innovation, in developing state-of-the-art products for the semiconductor industry.

For Singapore, I wish it has successfully institutionalised and harnessed the capabilities of some of these advanced digital and advanced manu- facturing technologies. This will free us from constraints of resources, talent and even energy. If that can be established by 2026, it will be a very exciting future.

MR RUSSELL THAM, regional president (SEA) of Applied Materials


GET INSPIRED

(Tesla's) Elon Musk has inspired a whole generation of young people, not because of being exciting, but he produces stuff - cars, the spaceships, he's talking new transportation systems, and these are, in essence, manufacturing. If people are inspired by what he does, and the technologies that we talked about, then it could start to build up a whole new generation and we will have a very different Singapore.

MR AARON LOW, ST deputy business editor.


MAGIC OF MANUFACTURING

Manufacturing will continue to be fast-paced and it's going to be influenced by rapid changes in technology. We would have a workforce that continues to have the capabilities and the skill to innovate and create the magic in manufacturing, so that it will remain an important sector to Singapore.

A*STAR MANAGING DIRECTOR RAJ THAMPURAN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 17, 2016, with the headline 'The sector 10 years from now'. Print Edition | Subscribe