SMC Annual Conference: Re-engineer Manufacturing for Reduction of Waste, Energy Consumption and Costs

Date: 16 Nov 2011 - 16 Nov 2011

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium Tower Block Level 3

You are cordially invited to the Sustainable Manufacturing Centre Annual Conference 2011 (SAC’11). The inaugural SAC’11 is scheduled on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 at the Auditorium, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech).

SAC’11 focuses on the industry trend, value-creation and cost reduction through corporate sustainability policies, innovative waste reduction and recycling, and energy efficiency in manufacturing.


Most manufacturing executives around the world cite energy efficiency, waste reduction, and sustainable practices as chief concerns for the coming years.  Yet not many are certain what to do to green their manufacturing facilities and processes.


SAC’11 brings together thought leaders to share strategies, practices, and technologies that will make your business more environmentally and financially sustainable. Integrated and comprehensive initiatives linking research to focused industry applications will be announced at the conference.


Join us for an insightful half-day to learn how you can form green and sustainable policies and practices in your manufacturing operations, and how you can participate and benefit from the research and industry initiatives.

On behalf of the organising committee of SAC’11, I look forward to welcoming you at the event.

Yours sincerely

Dr Song Bin
Director, Sustainable Manufacturing Centre
Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology

8.30am  Registration
9.00am  Welcome Remarks by Dr Lim Ser Yong, Executive Director, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)
9.10am             Address on NTU-SIMTech Initiativesby ProfFreddy Boey,Deputy President and Provost, Nanyang Technological University
9.20am             GOH Addressby Prof Low Teck Seng, Managing Director, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
9.30am  Signing Ceremony for SIMTech-NTU Joint Labs
9.35am  Co       ncerted Effort to Sustainable Manufacturing: Research Programme, Joint-labs and Industry Initiativesby Dr Song Bin, Director,  Sustainable Manufacturing Centre, SIMTech 
9.40am  Signing Ceremony for Remanufacturing Initiative and Green Packaging Initiative
9.50am             Keynote:  The IMS Global Research, Development, Innovation Roadmap and Trends in Sustainable Manufacturing by Mr Dan Nagy, Managing Director, IMS Inter-Regional Secretariat, Switzerland
10.20am  Networking & Coffee Break
10.50am            Reliability - An Essential Element in Sustainability by A/Prof Tan Cher Ming, Co-Director, SIMTech-NTU Joint Lab on Reliability, NTU
11.10am            Remanufacturing for Sustainability:  Extending Product Life-Cycle through Remanufacturing by Mr Mark DuBois, Facility Manager, Singapore Remanufacturing and Components DivisionCaterpillar Asia Pte Ltd, Caterpillar Reman Singapore
11.30am            The Demand, Status and Successful Cases of Biopolymer-based Green Packaging by Mr Junaidi Zen, Principal Application Engineer, NatureWorks LLC 
11.50am            The Value of Material & Design Decision in Sustainable Design by Mr Joachim Jake Layes, Head, Cleantech Business Development in  Asia Pacific, Autodesk
12.10pm  Applying Green Principles to Product Design by Nigel Signal, Sustainability Manager,InterfaceFLOR Asia
12.30pm  Networking Lunch and Tour of SMC 
1.30pm             End

Keynote Abstract: The presentation will briefly outline the results of a 2 million Euro project that surveyed industry and research institutions to develop a global roadmap for RDI (Research, Development, Innovation) based on the IMS Manufacturing Technology Platform (MTP) programme, and trends seen toward sustainable manufacturing. It will also give an overview of the upcoming WMF that will focus on "Smart Policies for Global Manufacturing Innovation.

About the Speakers
Mr Dan Nagy is Managing Director of the Inter-Regional Secretariat of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Scheme, an international industry-led and government-supported collaborative manufacturing R&D programme of the European Union, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, and United States. He is responsible for oversight of activities related to the IMS international strategy, programme development, and organises international meetings and workshops related to research in advanced manufacturing technologies. Mr Nagy contributes to various publications including the IMS Annual Report, and prepares briefs and documents on various issues for the International Steering Committee of IMS and its working groups. He joined IMS in July of 2002 and has served in Washington D.C., Seoul, Korea, and currently resides in Bern, Switzerland.

A/Prof Tan Cher Ming has 10 years of industry experience in reliability in Singapore and Taiwan prior joining Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as faculty member in 1996. He has published more than 200 International Journal and Conference papers, and holding 8 patents and 1 copyright for reliability software. He is the past chair of IEEE Singapore Section, Fellow of Singapore Quality Institute, Council member of Singapore Quality Institute, Chair of the Certified Reliability Engineers training, Co-Director of SIMTech-NTU Reliability Lab, Senior Scientist in SIMTech. He is active in providing consultation to MNCs on reliability. His research interests include reliability and failure physics modeling of electronic components and systems, finite element modeling of materials degradation.

Mr Mark DuBois is a Facility Manager of the Singapore Remanufacturing and Components Division with Caterpillar Asia Pte Ltd. He has 32 years of experience in manufacturing, engineering and logistics with Caterpillar Inc. He led the new product introduction of the ACERT Engine Program and is currently leading a young energetic team incorporating best practices to achieve regional Remanufacturing goals for growth and profitability. With his leadership, he led the new facility into receiving the Gold Plus award from BCA.

Mr Junaidi Zen is Principal Application Engineer for NatureWorks LLC. In his role, he supports customers in area of Technical and Product Development for Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining NatureWorks LLC in January 2009, Junaidi held various positions at Ciba (now part of BASF) from Head of Chemical and Testing Laboratory, Technical Marketing Manager, Business Development Manager and Technical Support Manager from March 2001 to December 2008.

Mr Joachim Jake Layes is Head of the Clean Tech Business Development in AsiaPacific for Autodesk, a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software to empower customers to digitally design, visualise, and simulate their ideas. In his role, he is leading Autodesk’s Clean Tech and Sustainable Manufacturing related activities in AsiaPacific, such as the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Programme. Earlier roles included positions held in marketing, in consulting as well as an award-winning product designer (during his 5 years at Philips Electronics in The Netherlands and in Hong Kong). He is a frequent speaker at innovation related conferences. 

Mr Nigel Signal (InterfaceFLOR) was appointed as Sustainability Manager for InterfaceFLOR  since 2007. He joined InterfaceFLOR in 2000 after being inspired by a presentation given by Ray Anderson. As the Sustainability Manager, Nigel's work ethos is grounded in understanding the key role business plays in creating a more sustainable future for the world. Nigel is a qualified as a LEED Accredited Professional and Australian GreenStar Accredited Professional. He has spoken at building industry events in China, Thailand, Singapore and Japan on Building Green; reducing the environmental impact of buildings.

Registration for this conference is free of charge. Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis. To reserve a place, please register online before 15 Novemeber 2011.

Contact Us 
For technical enquiries, please contact Dr Song Bin, email
For general enquiries, please contact Ms Connie Bah, email