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ABB  has officially inaugurated its Singapore customer innovation centre on 11 October. Equipped with ABB’s digital offerings and expertise, this centre will collaborate with customers to facilitate them in taking full advantage of opportunities available through the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions.

The Center was launched in the presence of Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board, Lim Kok Kiang, ABB EC Member and President of Asia, Middle East and Africa region, Dr. Chunyuan Gu and Managing Di-rector of ABB in Singapore, Johan de Villiers.

Designed for sustainable operations and built via ABB Ability, the Customer Innovation Centre provides a unique opportunity to co-develop powerful solutions that address real business problems and produce tangible business opportunities for customers in the infrastructure, manufacturing, process industries, transportation and utilities sectors.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the way companies manufacture their products. 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,” said Mr Lim Kok Kiang.

“The Customer Innovation Center represents a significant investment and commitment to Singapore and Southeast Asia as growth markets and an important customer base,” said Dr. Gu. “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.”

“This center was developed for our customers to lift collaboration and co-creation to new levels,” said de Villiers. “ABB’s pioneering technologies are driving industrial productivity and contributing to Singapore’s innovation ecosystem in so many ways. This center 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 fore-front of the digital economy.”

The center will help customers to 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 solutions, which are important building blocks to the future of autonomous operations.

Market investment in digitalisation has dramatically increased the volume of data available to producers and through the Collaborative Operations Centre, ABB will deliver higher value from this data through information analytics that will drive decisions to optimise site and fleet performance. The centre had also opened with a number of customers already being served through its advanced data analytics and access to experts. Additionally, the facilities house the Digital Solutions Center, Digital Services Center for Drives, Power & Water Innovation Center, Robotics Applications Center, a Smarter Building Center, and customer training facilities.

Facilities that were launched include an ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Center which is the first in Southeast Asia. Additionally, the innovative space at Ayer Rajah Crescent has also been designed as a living laboratory where ABB will deploy its own products and technologies to intelligently manage its own energy use. These include wireless intelligent sensors, building management systems, control room solutions, renewable energy integration and digital grid technologies.

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