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ABB opens smart energy innovation centre in Singapore

Steve Rogerson
October 17, 2018

Swiss engineering company ABB has opened an innovation centre in Singapore to help its customers develop smart energy and industrial technologies.
The centre is equipped with ABB’s digital products and expertise to collaborate with its customers to help them take advantage of opportunities available through the energy and fourth industrial revolutions.
“The fourth industrial revolution is changing the way companies manufacture their products,” said Lim Kok Kiang, assistant managing director of the Singapore Economic Development Board. “In Singapore, we have also been transforming the manufacturing industry to ride the wave of growth with Industry 4.0. ABB’s expanded digital presence here will bolster this transformation by bringing innovative solutions to companies in Singapore, helping them produce faster and more cost-efficiently.”
Designed for sustainable operations and built on ABB Ability – a unified, cross-industry digital technology platform extending from device to edge to cloud – the centre provides an opportunity to co-develop products that address real business problems and produce tangible business opportunities for companies in the infrastructure, manufacturing, process industries, transportation and utilities sectors.
“The customer innovation centre represents a significant investment and commitment to Singapore and south-east Asia as growth markets and an important customer base,” said Chunyuan Gu, ABB EC member and president of Asia, Middle East and Africa regions. “It strengthens our capacity to serve and support customers with technologies and capabilities key to the digital transformation of their operations. This facility has been designed to enable our workforce to unlock the values of the fourth industrial revolution for customers in Singapore and beyond.”
The centre aims to help ABB customers harness major leaps in productivity and efficiency, driving competitiveness, quality and security, through smart grid technology, electrification of all points of energy consumption and advanced automation, important building blocks to a future of autonomous operations.
“This centre was developed for our customers to lift collaboration and co-creation to new levels,” said Johan de Villiers, managing director of ABB in Singapore. “ABB’s pioneering technologies are driving industrial productivity and contributing to Singapore’s innovation ecosystem in so many ways. This centre is surrounded by many technology companies and start-ups. Through deeper collaboration with customers and partners, we want to develop new ideas and innovations, and do our part to keep Singapore at the forefront of the digital economy.”
Facilities launched include an ABB Ability collaborative operations centre, the first in south-east Asia. Market investment in digitalisation has dramatically increased the volume of data available to producers. Through the collaborative operations centre, ABB delivers higher value from these data through information analytics that drive decisions to optimise site and fleet performance. The centre opens with a number of customers already being served through its data analytics and access to experts.
The space at Ayer Rajah Crescent has also been designed as a living laboratory where ABB will deploy its own products and technologies to manage its own energy use intelligently. These include wireless intelligent sensors, building management systems, control rooms, renewable energy integration and digital grid technologies.
ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.