Seminar on Towards Sustainable Manufacturing : Incentives & Support for the Industry

Date: 24 Feb 2009 - 24 Feb 2009

Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Tower Block, SIMTech

Sustainability Manufacturing is gaining more attention from both the industry and research community. This seminar will provide participants with an update on the current trends and information on how to incorporate sustainable manufacturing practices in products and processes.
Seminar participants will also gain insights on what SIMTech can offer to help companies move towards sustainable manufacturing. The keynote speaker, Prof Nabil Nasr from Rochester Institute of Technology will highlight the US initiatives in the sustainable production area.


1.30 pm   Registration
2.00 pm   Welcome Address and Presentation on Eco-efficiency and Carbon Footprint – Opportunities for the Manufacturing Industry by Dr Song Bin,  Head, Sustainability and Technology Assessment
2.20 pm   Keynote Presentation : The Road to Sustainable Manufacturing by Prof Dr Nabil Nasr,  Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
3.20 pm   Networking Break
3.45 pm   Presentation on Sustainable Manufacturing :Creating Value with Lesser Impact by Dr Fatida Rugrungruang, SIMTech4.00 pm   Presentation on Government Funding for Pilot Projects by Mr Lauw Kok Keen, SMa
4.00 pm   Q&A            
4.30 pm   End of Seminar


Keynote Presentation Abstract
The growing demand for new products. coupled with the rise in consumption in developing economies is straining the environment around the world. According to the UN’s Agenda 21 action plan, the major cause of continued deterioration in the global environment is unsustainable consumption and production, particularly in industrialised countries.  However, there is strong evidence that transitioning to a sustainable economy can lead to higher economic growth while reducing the impact on the environment.
Industry is becoming aware that, to meet today’s demanding environmental standards; the life-cycle impacts of a production system must be understood and optimised.  In response, many designers are focusing on addressing the environmental impacts of products. This presentation will discuss the latest developments related to sustainable production and highlight the US initiatives in this area.  A discussion of remanufacturing; a key enabling technology to sustainable production, will also be presented outlining industry history, technologies, and practices.


Who Should Attend
This seminar is beneficial to senior management, researchers, academicians, students, policy makers, product engineers, product designers who are interested in sustainable design and manufacturing.


This is a non-chargeable seminar.
Closing date for registration: 23 February 2009 (Monday)
For general enquiries, please contact:
Samantha Chan,