Launched by Mr. S Iswaran, Minister of Trade and Industry (Industry), and themed ‘Forging the Future of Robotics Solutions’, SIRE served as a strategic platform for governments, private sector and academia to engage in dialogues, share industry best practices, forge partnerships and explore funding opportunities for the adoption of robotics solutions.

“SIRE debuts at a time when robotics has been gaining traction in the world due to the need for automation and better productivity. The latest World Robotics Report by the International Federation of Robotics has also identified Singapore as a market with one of the highest robot density in manufacturing, giving us more opportunities for further development in this field, and well as its extension into the services sectors,” said Mr. Oliver Tian, President, SIAA.

With S$450 million pledged by the Singapore government to the National Robotics Programme to develop the industry over the next three years, the debut of SIRE is timely to cultivate the adoption of robotics and support the growing industry.

Showcase of latest robotic innovations

The SIRE Expo attracted strong interest from institutes of higher learning (IHLs), research institutes, local and international enterprises, with innovation and technology applicable for a vast range of industries from manufacturing to healthcare.

Title sponsor ST Kinetics was one of the key exhibitors, together with other leading industry players including ABB, Murata, Panasonic, SICK Pte Ltd and Tech Avenue. Emerging SMEs such as H3 Dynamics, Design Tech Technologies and SMP Robotics Singapore also showcased their innovations at the exhibition. Participating research institute, A*STAR’s SIMTech, and other IHLs supporting the event included Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). 

The Expo also offered opportunities for visitors to view “live” demonstrations at the Demo Zone and come up close with the latest innovations and technologies. Some of the key highlights at the zone included the world’s only fully autonomous outdoor security robot developed by SMP Robotics Singapore, as well as ABB’s Yumi, IRB 14000, a collaborative robot designed to work in close collaboration and proximity with humans safely.

Strong line-up of esteemed speakers

Beyond the exhibition, the full-day SIRE Convention saw the attendance of key speakers representing regulators, industry leaders and academia coming together to gain insight into the landscape of the robotics ecosystem, keep abreast of the latest know-how in the adoption of robotic technology and engage in discourse to address the various aspects of robotic and automation technology, industry trends and case studies of robotics solutions.

Speakers included Assoc Prof Ang Wei Tech, Associate Chair (Research) School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Dr. Shin Kyung-Chul, Chief Executive Officer, Yujin Robot Co Ltd and Ms. Catherine Simon, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, INNOROBO, who touched on topics ranging from harnessing the potential of Robotics in Singapore to the impact of service robots on current and future needs. The convention merged the commercial expertise of the most innovative and forward-thinking companies with the ingenuity and technical expertise of the world’s finest academics. SIRE also hosted the France-Singapore Innovation Days in collaboration with Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy. The organisation led a delegation of 20 key French companies to explore business and networking opportunities with Singapore firms, and conducted specialised training sessions and workshops.

SIRE 2016 was supported by Strategic Partner, IE Singapore, as well as agencies including Singapore Exhibition and Convention BureauTM, the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), GovTech Singapore, InfoComm Media Development Authority (IDA), A*STAR’s SIMTech, and Spring Singapore.

For more information on the Singapore International Robo Expo, visit http://www.sire.com.sg.