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Inaugural Manufacturing Solutions Expo drives growth through innovation and productivity

Singapore, 23 September 2014 - Manufacturing Solution Expo (MSE) 2014 jointly organised by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, presents innovation-led solutions to help increase businesses’ productivity, shifting from labour-intensive activities to high-end manufacturing. 

According to UOB Asian Enterprise Survey 2014 released recently, rising costs and shortage of skilled workers are top concerns among Singapore businesses. To overcome these hurdles, businesses should look for innovation-led solutions that can help to increase their productivity. 

The inaugural manufacturing trade show is a one-stop platform for companies to adopt the industry’s best and most innovative solutions, consultancy and up-grading courses. They are categorised into six unique segments, reflecting the various stages in the manufacturing value chain: enterprise system, resources management, industrial automation, transport and logistics, packaging and storage, as well as consultancy and upgrading solutions. It also helps companies to be kept abreast of the emerging trends in the manufacturing industry, such as Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, and robotics. 

The three-day trade show, from 8 to 10 October, covers a total area of 6000 square metres with more than 100 exhibiting brands, noteworthy brands include ABB, Advantech, Cantier, Datamax-O'Neil, IBM, Konica Minolta, SAP, Stratasys and Videojet. They will be connecting with some 3,000 local and overseas visitors.

With October being the National Productivity Month, MSE 2014 is part of SMF's efforts at supporting the national initiative to drive productivity across industrial sectors. The trade show will be opened by Guest of Honour, Mr S. Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister, Ministry of Trade and Industry, on 8 October at Suntec Convention Centre, Halls 401 – 403. 

Co-located with the MSE 2014 is the Singapore Innovation and Productivity Conference (SIPC) 2014, organised by Singapore Innovation and Productivity Institute (SiPi), a Centre of Excellence under SMF. The conference will be releasing two national research benchmarking studies on productivity and business model innovation.

For more information on MSE 2014, visit www.ms-expo.com.
For more information on SIPC 2014, visit http://www.sipc.org.sg.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Sphere Exhibits:
Rabita Jamal 
Senior Manager, Trade Marketing
Sphere Exhibits 
Tel: 63191675
Email: rabitaj@sph.com.sg

Vanni Cheong 
Assistant Manager 
Corporate Communications & CSR 
Singapore Press Holdings Limited 
Tel: 63191553 
Email: cvanni@sph.com.sg     

Singapore Manufacturing Federation:
Patricia Ang 
Director, Corporate & Marketing Communications 
Singapore Manufacturing Federation
Tel: 68263034 
HP: 93628258 
Email: patriciaang@smfederation.org.sg

Kiki Zheng
Executive, Corporate Communications
Singapore Manufacturing Federation
Tel: 68263013
HP: 91509237
Email: kikizheng@smfederation.org.sg

About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd 
A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele. Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among the 20 Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters and Kidz Academy. Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. Beyond print, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers every month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, omy.sg, ST701, Stomp and SPH Razor. SPH has also ventured into book publishing, broadcasting, out-of-home advertising and properties. For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.

About Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF)
Established since 1932, SMF represents the interest of the Singapore manufacturing community, driving its competitiveness and sustainable growth through serving industry-specific needs. Supported by 10 industry groups and six Centres of Excellence, SMF enhances the competitiveness of the industry by encouraging capacity development and capability building, and innovation-led productivity. It provides opportunities for companies to collaborate, network and to grow and expand both locally and internationally. Current membership stands at more than 3,000 corporate members ranging from SMEs to MNCs. For more information, please visit www.smfederation.org.sg.

About Singapore Innovation & Productivity Institute (SiPi)
Singapore Innovation & Productivity Institute is a knowledge enterprise that champions manufacturing excellence through innovation and productivity for Singapore’s manufacturing sector. Its key functions include providing productivity resources and customised roadmapping / coaching support to help enterprises implement their specific productivity roadmaps. SiPi also undertakes research and benchmarking to steer industry development, and collaborates closely with government agencies, industry experts, academia and overseas institutes to develop tools, case studies and localise best practices. SiPi also leverages highly on SMF’s other Centres of Excellence to provide a one-stop solution for productivity and innovation.