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As EMS is an integral part of Infocomms and Consumer Electronics (ICE), the second largest segment in the electronics cluster after semiconductors, Singapore will reap the bene ts of EMS’ market expansion. Singapore is the regional base for many companies in the EMS  elds, including four of the world’s top  ve providers.
• DataStorage
Spiralling global demand for data storage and disruptive technologies such as arti cial intelligence (AI), big data and connectivity between devices and systems are paving the way to create value from data capital. Market research consulting  rm IndustryARC estimates that between 2018 and 2023, demand for data storage will grow at a CAGR of 23%.
A 2018 IDC Asia Paci c survey of executives from large enterprises that included Singapore shows that 40% of local businesses plan to store their data for  ve to seven years, while 15% plan to store their data forever. Commissioned by Hitachi Vantara, the survey reveals that manufacturers face added pressure to provide storage solutions that are required to manage tremendous amounts of data.
Singapore has an enduring interest in the data storage industry. In the 1980s to 1990s, Singapore was a hard disk drive (HDD) hub, as the Data Storage Institute worked with industry leaders to continuously improve HDD storage capacity and performance. At its peak, Singapore accounted for half of HDDs made globally and eight out of 10 high-end enterprise drives.
With the change in cost structure and increasing regional competition, many key players have shifted their operations
in Singapore to concentrate on capital- and knowledge-intensive activities.
With the explosive growth and complexity of big data, Edwin Yuan, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group told TechTarget that AI and machine learning will take on a greater role in managing data storage products and will autonomously make decisions without requiring approval from administrators to optimise data storage.
• Power Electronics
The lowly battery has not only survived into the modern digital age; it powers it, all the electronic devices used for communication, wearables and mobility. With  uctuating wind and solar power batteries are becoming vital with renewable energies and power grid support.
While lead-acid based batteries will continue to be utilised in traditional applications, lithium- ion-based battery technology will become the dominant solution for mobile as well as stationary energy storage applications. With the exponential growth of the energy storage industry and markets, there is increasing demand for testing – not only to support national and international certi cation requirements, but also to support industry development and innovation efforts and to increase safety.
Singapore is working closely with industry leaders and investing resources to build competency in battery research and knowledge sharing. In 2017, the Global Energy Storage Competence Cluster – a global initiative for energy storage – was launched in Singapore. The following year, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) signed an agreement with Canadian renewable energy company Hydro-Quebec for a US$20 million joint laboratory. It will conduct research and develop alternatives to lithium batteries, capitalising on
nanotechnologies to power electric vehicles and for energy storage.
Singapore has a longstanding partnership with Energizer, one of the most established names in batteries, dating back to 1946. Today, the city state is home to Energizer’s largest plant internationally and is its only facility to produce lithium batteries. In May 2018, the US company opened additional battery production lines at its Singapore facility. It is one of only two locations globally to host the company’s proprietary technology with an installed capacity of 2.2 million cells.
Singapore is also home to New Resources Technology (NRT), a cleantech startup which specialises in designing and manufacturing lithium battery systems for automotive and energy storage systems. The home-grown lithium battery company secured nearly S$53 million investment in 2018 from Banpu, a Thai company in the solar energy  eld, which enables it to further expand its manufacturing capabilities, increase its capacity and pursue its global growth plans. The proposed expansion is expected to bring sales revenue of S$130 million by 2019 to NRT’s overall business.

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