HP Inc (stock quote: HPQ) announced the opening of its new Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) Campus and a new Smart Manufacturing Applications and Research Center (SMARC) supported by the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB). The opening celebration included Dion Weisler, HP President and Chief Executive Officer; Richard Bailey, HP President, Asia Pacific and Japan; Steve Conner, HP Head of Supplies Operations and Minister S Iswaran, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry).
SMARC is set up with the purpose to digitally transform and reinvent HP’s Supplies manufacturing processes through the use of next-generation digital technologies including additive manufacturing (3D printing), advanced robotics, and large-scale data analytics.
SMARC has also partnered with local insitutions such as NUS and Nanyang Polytechnic to allow their students to participate in the research area of IoT and Data Analytic via internship program
Currently, the team of engineers managing SMARC’s 6,000 square foot facility currently oversee more than 50 Supplies manufacturing lines across the world.
The Center also sees opportunities in bringing smart manufacturing processes to small medium enterprises in Singapore. For instance, HP has partnered SME suppliers Mega Plus Technology and Super Pak Manufacturing, under the Partnership for Capability Transformation (PACT) programme, to create a more environment-friendly packaging for ink canisters. That collaboration allowed the two SMEs to develop new expertise and capabilities, which they leveraged on to further advance their businesses.
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