Seminar on Business Opportunity in Sustainable Manufacturing & Remanufacturing Workshop

Date: 21 Jan 2011 - 21 Jan 2011

Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Tower Block, SIMTech

Jointly organised by : SIMTech and SPRING Singapore


Partners : SWISSNEX Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency


Supported by  : Singapore Business Federation (SBF)



Dear industry partners,

A new paradigm in manufacturing is in the making. The manufacturing industry is in the process of being reengineered with a focus on resource and energy efficiency. Sustainable manufacturing refers to the creation of manufactured products that are non-polluting, conserves energy and  uses natural resources that are economically sound and safe for mankind.

By practising sustainability in manufacturing, companies are able to enjoy considerable opportunities and benefits: improved profitability from reduced use of energy, water and release of hazardous substances; stronger competitive position and differentiation from their market peers.


Today's event will include a seminar  with 2 keynote presentations by Prof Nabil Nasr from Rochester Institute of Technology and  Dr Alexander Steinecker from Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM) and a Remanufacturing Workshop in the afternoon. The seminar seeks to identify the business opportunities, strategies, challenges and technology deployment to help manufacturers embark on sustainable manufacturing to stay competitive and relevant.


Programme for Seminar on Business Opportunity in Sustainable Manufacturing

(9.00am - 12.30pm)

 8.30am   Registration and Networking
9.00am    Welcome Address by Dr Lim Ser Yong, Executive Director, SIMTech

9.15am    Opening Speech by Mr Ted Tan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer,

                  SPRING Singapore

9.30am   Keynote Speech 1

                 Sustainability in Manufacturing – A Business Opportunity  

                 Prof Nabil Nasr, Director of the Center for Integrated Manufacturing

                 Studies & Director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability,

                 Rochester Institute of Technology

Abstract :

Corporations often focus on their existing capabilities and markets when looking for new opportunities for growth and innovation.  This presentation will cover a variety of topics, related to new and emerging opportunities in the sustainable manufacturing and eco-innovation area.  Topics such as the momentum building around environmental sustainability will be discussed as it relates to material conservation, increased governmental awareness, and the current emphasis on “green economy” jobs.  An overview of potential "green business" opportunities will be discussed in the areas of, manufacturing, recycling, remanufacturing, energy, clean tech, service, and Eco-IT.   

Dr Nasr will also share his perspective on emerging trends in sustainable manufacturing, such as the introduction of the OECD sustainable manufacturing framework and toolkit, that allow corporations to assess their sustainability practices and identify opportunities for advancement and innovation.

10.10am   Growth from Sustainability – Caterpillar’s Experiences & Wishes for 

                   Collaboration with Singapore-based Companies  

                   by Mr Chris Healy, Engineering Manager & Mr Mark DuBois, Facility

                   Manager, Caterpillar Asia Pte Ltd
10.30am   Coffee Break & Networking
10.50am    Keynote Speech 2

                    Eco-innovation through Design for Efficiency: A Case on Hybrid

                    Assembly Technology  by Dr Alexander Steinecker, Project Manager,

                    Microassembly & Robotics, Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de

                    Microtechnique (CSEM)

Abstract :

With the shortage of resources such as primary energy, raw material and increase in costs, European and global bodies are recognising the need for sustainable and eco-efficient manufacturing. The present keynote speech will show how generic process design considerations that include the complete life-cycle of products can contribute to increase the efficiency and sustainability of assembly and manufacturing and support European industry. An overview about the key technological challenges in assembly for manufacturing will be given, a presentation of selected solutions and their impact on sustainable manufacturing will be given through examples within the Swiss guided European Framework project on innovative manufacturing paradigm.

11.30am   SIMTech for Industry – Your  Partner towards Sustainable Manufacturing

                    by Dr Song Bin, Director, Sustainable Manufacturing Centre
11.45am  Recognition with the Sustainable Manufacturing Label – A Case Study

                   by Mr Kenneth Wing, Chief Operating Officer, SPN International Pte Ltd
12.00pm   Singapore Sustainability Awards 2011 – Riding the Wave of Sustainability

                   by Mr Patrick Chan , Director, Industry Development, Singapore

                   Business Federation
 Panel Discussion

(Moderator- Prof Nabil, Panelists - All speakers & a representative from SPRING)
12.35pm Lunch


Remanufacturing Workshop : 1.30pm - 5.00pm

Remanufacturing is a solution to waste reduction in manufacturing. It conserves most of the energy used in the manufacturing process and often offers components at a much lower cost relative to newly manufactured components. Leading companies in jet engines, airplanes, ships, heavy machinery and copiers have already taken remanufacturing as their core competence. With the numerous new opportunities for technological innovations in existence with the enormous economical and environmental potential, this workshop will enable companies who are keen to exploit the potential of remanufacturing better understand the industry and also to influence future research directions. Experts in this domain and representatives from companies have also been invited to share their views towards this new area. 
1.15pm   Registration (For Workshop Registrants Only)
1.30pm   Welcome Address by Dr Song Bin, Director, Sustainable   

                 Manufacturing Centre
1.35pm   Sharing Session :Striving towards Remanufacturing  -  Trumarine
1.50pm   Developing your Capabilities in Remanufacturing with A*STAR

                 by Dr Mark Lim, Deputy Director, Science & Engineering Research Council

                 (SERC), A*STAR
2.05pm Facilitated Panel Discussion

4.00pm Coffeebreak & Networking

5.00pm The End



About the Keynote Presenters

Prof Nabil Nasr heads the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) and the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) in Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and founded the National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NC3R). He also served on several national and international task forces in this field as chair of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Advisory Expert Group on Sustainable Production and the Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC). Dr Nasr is also an expert delegate with the US Government in several international forums such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and United Nations.  Dr Nasr has a PhD in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Rutgers University. His expertise is in sustainable production, remanufacturing, clean production and sustainable product development. 


Dr Alexander Steinecker is a Physicist and received his doctor’s degree in 2000 at University of Bonn (Germany). His scientific background is materials research, electron microscopy and microrobotics. At present, he is working for Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM) as a project manager in the domain microassembly and robotics. Dr Steinecker is actively involved in many research initiatives one of which pertain to the hybridisation of robotics and self-assembly. Currently he is setting up co-operations in the European framework topic “Factories of the Future” on the development of agile control strategies for efficient and sustainable manufacturing.



To reserve a seat for BOTH the seminar and workshop (from 9.00am - 5.00pm), please email your particulars

(Name, Job Title, Organisation Name) to Samantha at


If you wish to register for either the AM session (Business Opportunity Seminar) OR the PM session (Remanufacturing Workshop), please email your particulars to Samantha and indicate which session you would like to attend.


Closing Date for Registration: 18 Jan 2011


Contact Us

Technical Enquiries : Dr Lee Mun Wai . Email :

Registration: Ms Samantha Sukiyama Chan. Email :