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National University of Singapore opens 2 laboratories for precision engineering industry

News International-French

28 May 2014

Two new joint labs in natural fibre composites and large format machining will help Singapore gear up for high value-added manufacturing. 

Launched on 21 May 2014 at A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), the labs are a collaborative effort by the Institute and the NUS Faculty of Engineering.

Dr Lim Ser Yong, Executive Director of SIMTech, said the Joint Labs with National University of Singapore (NUS) are long-term collaborations to help build the foundation of a robust track record in the thematic areas of practical industrial significance, advancing research and honing the skills of R&D manpower for the local manufacturing industry.

The natural fibre composites joint lab will help meet demands for the market which is expected to grow at a cumulative annual growth rate of 11 per cent over the next five years (Lucintel Report).

The large format machining joint lab, besides being a research centre, will help train a workforce to support machining of large parts with complex surfaces, high precision thin-walled structures over large areas and machined features with extremely high aspect ratios. The global machine tools and cutting tools market report by Frost & Sullivan revealed an annual market revenue growth of US$15.72 billion in 2012 and forecasted a compound annual growth rate of 6.2 per cent over the next five years.

Twenty PhD scholarships will be provided to develop R&D talent for manufacturing research conducted in the joint labs.

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