Impact for MANUFACTURING

Saving Manufacturing Costs on the Road to Industry 4.0
Manufacturing costs can be reduced by new intelligent systems. A first-of-its-kind software for such uses has been developed by LeanCost International and SMT Technology, which were matchmade by IPI. The sight of Moses Tan hunched over a computer and typing away furiously was nothing new to his peers or family. As a consultant, his work involved advising manufacturing companies on...

Impact for HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

Harnessing Pandan for Wellness
The fragrant pandan leaf has long been an essential ingredient in Southeast Asian cooking, but it also has detoxification properties to nourish the body and skin. With IPI’s help, Restoration Essence teamed up with researchers to unravel some of the science behind it. The fragrant pandan leaf has long been an essential ingredient in Southeast Asian cooking, but it also...

Impact for FUTURE MOBILITY

When Self-driving Vehicles Speak to You
MooVita and Sioux Technologies are exploring ways to improve communications between autonomous vehicles and passengers. Brought together by IPI, they aim to help Singapore become a smart nation. A box-like vehicle revs its engine as an elderly passenger announces his destination to a large screen on the dashboard. He then settles into his seat and enjoys the journey as the...

Impact for SUSTAINABILITY

More Money, Less Waste: Eco-friendly Oil Bleaching Process Boosts Revenue
GIIAVA’s partnership with NUS, sparked off by IPI, aims to repurpose low-grade vegetable oil for higher value-added uses, which increases revenue yet benefits the environment. Dr Yashodhan Bhawe stood in front of several large tanks, looking puzzled. He was expecting a straightforward scale-up for a new vegetable oil upgrading process, but things turned awry when “big masses of blobs” were...

Impact for HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

Diving Deep into Super Carbon Nanoparticles for Skincare Products
As consumers are increasingly more mindful about what they are putting on their skin, personal care and pharmaceutical companies have been actively innovating through various technologies to meet consumers’ skincare needs and stay ahead of the game. JAH Tech, a local start-up that manages private companies’ deep tech research and its applications in our everyday environment, is no different. In...

Impact for MATERIALS & CHEMICALS

Tackling Innovation with External Technical Experts
Many enterprises today understand that innovation is critical to business success. While larger organisations may have the research and development resources to support their product development needs, smaller enterprises often find it a struggle to manage innovation challenges that require in-depth technical knowledge. Home-grown automotive grooming and detailing service provider Artdeshine faced a similar predicament a year ago. Its founder...

Impact for FOOD & NUTRITION

Carbs for a Healthier Lifestyle-friendly Diet
Rising levels of obesity and physical inactivity have contributed to a growing prevalence of diabetes over the last decades. To better manage blood sugar levels and nutritional needs, health conscious individuals may use a food’s glycemic index (GI) as a guide when choosing what to eat. Low GI food products refer to carbohydrate containing food that will produce a steady...

Impact for WATER

Pooling Resources Together to Clean Water
A water filtration membrane made of ceramic, and a water purification system the size of a suitcase. Liquinex’s innovative water treatment solutions are capturing the attention of international companies – thanks to events like IPI’s TechInnovation. Most industrial factories produce some form of waste-water that has to be treated before being discharged into the sewers. This is where Liquinex, a...

Impact for BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Teaming Up to Create Smart Solutions
  When a Singapore company that distributes smart waste bins met a Finnish firm that produces wall robots that clean building exteriors at a technology matching event co-organised by IPI and the Helsinki Business Hub, the two were drawn to each other. Their focus on smart products meant they could collaborate on research and innovation. The smart waste bin sends...

Impact for FOOD & NUTRITION

Tasty Buns that are also Good for Health
Driven by its appetite for innovation, home-grown company Lim Kee Food Manufacturing has teamed up with a foodtech firm to improve its popular steamed buns.  As one of Singapore’s leading Chinese pau (steamed bun) makers, Lim Kee Food Manufacturing has always embodied a zest for transformation. When demand for their steamed buns started to rise in the 1990s, the company...

Impact for MATERIALS & CHEMICALS

Collaboration Enables Optimisation of Controlled-release Technology
If you were to consume a conventional Vitamin C pill, it would disintegrate as soon as it is swallowed, releasing all the Vitamin C at once. In contrast, a controlled-release pill would gradually release the same content, providing sustained absorption throughout the day. Now picture this pill, a hundred times larger in size, treating the environment. This is what Hydroemission,...

Impact for DIGITAL ECONOMY

Indoor Tracking Solution for Safety in Samsung-Viatick Collaboration
Many of us are familiar with navigation using Global Positioning System (GPS), however GPS does not work indoors. On the other hand, bluetooth technology provides an alternative means for indoor positioning and indoor navigation. Recognising the importance and potential of bluetooth for the growth of Internet of Things applications, local start-up Viatick was founded in 2014 to develop bluetooth low...

Impact for ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Managing the Heat with Technology Collaboration
Heat exchangers are used to improve the efficiency of heating and cooling systems in domestic and industrial applications and can be found in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC) equipment, as well as chemical, oil and gas, and power plants, among others. Depending on the device and application, different types of heat exchanges are used. For example, heat sinks...

Impact for WATER

Collaborations to Provide Water Purification Solutions for Disaster Relief and Remote Areas
More than two billion people lack access to clean and safe drinking water. Factors like water scarcity, urbanisation and climate change also continue to add pressures on the demand for water which is expected to grow. Singapore-Sweden collaboration leads to development of compact water purification system Liquinex Group, a Singapore design and engineering specialist in wastewater treatment had developed a...

Impact for DIGITAL ECONOMY

Innovative Hybrid Wide Area Location Tracking System
Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) are positioning technologies that identify and track the location of assets or people at any given time. These automated solutions reduce the need for manual tracking and make daily operations, such as inventory management and personnel tracking, more efficient. However, depending on the technologies deployed, there may be different requirements with regard to accuracy and range....

Impact for MANUFACTURING

3D Vision Enables Robotic Bin Picking
Enterprises around the world are progressively integrating automation and robotics in their processes. The same disruptive technologies are also developing and converging. One such growth trend is the combination of machine vision with robotics to add new capabilities and enable smart manufacturing. At TechInnovation 2017, SODA VISION, a local SME specialising in machine vision and imaging technology solutions met Photoneo,...

Impact for ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Beyond a Building Material - Clear Glass Solar Windows Provide a Renewable Source of Energy
One of the most common ways to harness solar energy is to install photovoltaic (PV) panels on residential or commercial building rooftops, or solar farms which can supply power on a larger scale. However, with limited land especially in dense urban cities, an alternative approach is to turn vertical building facades into solar producing panels, also known as building-integrated photovoltaics...

Impact for MANUFACTURING

Efficiency Monitoring System Helps Manufacturers Track Welding Performance and Energy Consumption
Customer insights are a way of uncovering new opportunities for businesses. Based on its customers’ feedback, Allalloy Dynaweld Pte Ltd (Allalloy), a Singapore SME providing welding solutions and consultancy services had identified a market need for better performance monitoring of its welding machines and welders. It was keen to work with suitable technology partners to co-develop an efficiency monitoring system...

Impact for HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

Innovation Makes Kidney Stone Removal Procedure Simpler, Shorter and Safer
Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is a complicated process of removing large or complex kidney stones and typically carried out by senior surgeons. With the Percutaneous Access to Kidney Assist Device (PAKAD), an innovation developed by the team at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), the surgery is set to become simpler, safer and shorter. The device uses precision engineering mechanisms to...

Impact for HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

Bringing Affordable Diagnostic Kits to the Market
There is a growing demand for point-of-care testing or bedside testing in the last few decades. It provides convenience to the patient and quicker results to the healthcare providers for faster clinical management decisions. The challenge is to keep it affordable and accessible. Cell ID Pte Ltd, a Singapore SME, whose founders have in-depth expertise in electronics and manufacturing, recognised...

Impact for LOGISTICS

Securing the Cold Chain with Smart Label Technology
The gold standard for perishable food: an unbroken cold chain If you’re in Punggol and happen to be hungry, there’s a vending machine you can head to. But forget about snacks like candy bars and potato chips, this machine dispenses ready-to-eat, piping hot chili crab from restaurant chain, House of Seafood. While some may worry about the texture and taste...

Impact for SUSTAINABILITY

Converting Aquatic Waste into Collagen for New Applications in Medical and Consumer Industries
With increased recognition of the environmental impact and the potential loss in value of the by-products from aquatic wastes, such as frog and fish, which have been traditionally discarded, researchers are increasingly looking at how to recover biomaterials such as collagen and develop them into high value-added products for various applications in the medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries. Armstrong...

Impact for DIGITAL ECONOMY

From Lab to Runway – Fashion Meets Technology
Technology has opened new possibilities for fashion brands, enabling designers to incorporate new features in their apparel and accessories. Goodvine Pte Ltd (Goodvine), a local manufacturer of leather products marketed under the brand name Tocco Toscano, was interested to work with a Singapore-based technology partner to integrate wearable technologies into its new line of bags. Through IPI, Goodvine was introduced...

Impact for ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Technology Collaboration Helps Start-up Extend Flight Time of Drones
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones are becoming more popular for both recreational and commercial purposes. Due to the limitations of current lithium batteries, manufacturers are looking for alternative power solutions to keep drones in the air longer and reduce the inconvenience of recharging or changing batteries shortly after a flight.  EnergyNova Pte Ltd is a local start-up...

Impact for HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

Technology Collaboration Brings Advanced Cancer Molecular Diagnostics to Asia
Molecular diagnostics is used to measure and detect the presence of genetic material associated with specific diseases, and applied as a tool by healthcare professionals and patients to improve clinical outcomes and medical decisions. Asia Genomics, a Singapore-based molecular diagnostics company specialising in clinical genomics in areas relating to genetic diseases was seeking to advance its in-house capabilities and know-how...

Impact for DIGITAL ECONOMY

Convenient Security via Smart Locks in the Sharing Economy
A smart lock has a variety of applications, such as providing a convenient and seamless service for home owners and renters in the home sharing economy, or to secure and remotely track goods in the logistics industry. We Are Perspective (WAP) is an industrial design consultancy and hardware incubator based in Singapore and headquartered in the Netherlands. They approached IPI...

Impact for DIGITAL ECONOMY

Enterprises Collaborate to Pilot Predictive Engine Maintenance Solution in Singapore
Companies operating their fleet of vehicles are increasingly implementing fleet management solutions to provide themselves with data to help improve their efficiency and productivity. Car Club is the largest car-sharing service provider in Singapore operating a fleet of more than 230 vehicles. Despite being the leading incumbent, Car Club proactively seeks strategic technology partnerships that enhance its service to its...

Impact for MATERIALS & CHEMICALS

Turning Ideas into Reality to Stay Ahead in the Construction Industry
In the construction industry, coatings are widely used for decorative and functional purposes. Examples of functional applications include anti-corrosion, water resistance and heat reflection. Nipo International Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based coatings specialist manufacturer, was keen to expand its capabilities. It was also looking into more environmentally sustainable solutions combined with enhanced performance due to changing market demands. Nipo’s early years...

Impact for FOOD & NUTRITION

Technology Cooperation Brings Local Ready-to-eat Meals for People with Swallowing Difficulties
Dysphagia refers to swallowing difficulty. While it can affect anyone, it is more common in the elderly and patients who have had a stroke. Singapore nutrition SME, Health Food Matters (HFM), was keen to partner a local technology partner to develop texture-modified meals in local flavours so as to meet the growing market demand. HFM was introduced to Changi General...

Impact for HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

Strategic R&D Collaboration to Enable Product Improvements
Collaboration can bring about solutions that cannot be produced in-house alone. The real challenge often lies in finding the right partner with the right competencies. Mase International Marketing Services, a leading distributor of cosmetics and toiletries in Asia, had previously found a partner via IPI’s network to develop a novel dye ingredient for a new range of hair dye products...

Impact for HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

Formulated-in-Singapore Suu Balm Sets to Further Expand to Overseas Markets
IPI facilitated a licensing agreement between Good Pharma Dermatology and the National Skin Centre (NSC) to manufacture and market NSC’s proprietary itch-relief formulation to the mass market in December 2013. Following that, Good Pharma Dermatology collaborated with the NSC to improve the formula of the itch-relief cream before sourcing the right partners for manufacturing, packaging, branding and distribution of the...

Impact for LOGISTICS

Overcoming “Last Mile” Logistics Challenges with Smart Real Time Traffic Prediction and Route Planning
The “last mile” problem in logistics refers to the last leg in the delivery of a product from supplier to customer. It is often the least efficient link in the supply chain. For local third-party logistics company, Courex Pte Ltd, which supports retailers in their logistics operations, it saw opportunities to use technology to improve its operations in this final...

Impact for HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

Collaboration Accelerates In-house R&D Efforts
Established in 1976, Mase International Marketing Services started off as a distributor of hair colour products. Over the years, the company has grown to become a leading distributor of cosmetics and toiletries products in Asia. Mase places great emphasis on innovation in Research & Development (R&D) in its hair products and is the only Singapore SME in this field with...

Impact for MATERIALS & CHEMICALS

Harnessing Technology to Break into New Markets
HVS Engineering Pte Ltd is a local enterprise that provides automated maintenance solutions for heat exchanger systems in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) industries. The current patented HVS Automatic Brush Ball Cleaning System is a self-contained cleaning system which utilises design-specific resilient brush balls circulating within part of the heat exchange system to clean fouling at the initial stage of...

Impact for WATER

Arsenic-free Drinking Water for Bottom of the Pyramid Communities
The GoodWater Company Pte Ltd is a local environmental and social solutions integrator with the aim of improving the quality of lives of the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) segment, i.e. the poorest groups of the world’s population living in Asia. One of their efforts is geared towards helping these communities gain access to safe drinking water by offering simple...

Impact for MANUFACTURING

Embracing Innovation for Productivity
Kim Eng Seng Machinery Pte Ltd is a local SME that designs, manufactures, repairs, leases and sells ISO container transport trailers.  As part of their drive towards improving productivity, the management of the company decided to explore the use of technology to improve their workflow and raise its productivity.  With support from IPI in analysing its capability gaps and identifying...

Impact for HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

VolitionRx‘s First Ovarian Cancer Detection Study
VolitionRx Ltd is a Singapore-registered life sciences company that develops novel, early diagnostic tests for cancer and other conditions. Its patented technology is based on the identification and quantification of increased presence of specific nucleosomes that are released into the bloodstream or other bodily fluids, as a result of cell death associated with certain diseases including cancer. Although the US-listed...

Impact for MATERIALS & CHEMICALS

Collaborate-and-Develop Approach keeps Wangi at the Forefront
Wangi Industrial is one of the pioneers and value providers of high-quality surface finishing, technical glass, precision optics and optical thin-film coating solutions. A firm believer of the need to constantly innovate, Mr Chew Ker Yee, Vice-President of Wangi, always seeks to collaborate with customers and machines suppliers to develop new products. However, working with these groups sometimes do not...

Impact for DIGITAL ECONOMY

In-Licensed Technology Enhances V3 Teletech’s Products
V3 Teletech is a homegrown SME that specialises in Location-Based Services & Applications and Intelligent Transport System. It developed the first Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Telematics Platform in Singapore that allows enterprises to use telematics & real time data to optimise & manage scarce resources. Over the past 12 years, it has established itself as a leading provider of innovative mobility solutions...

Impact for WATER

Matex acquires new capabilities to grow global businesses through collaborations
Matex International is a home grown SGX-Main board listed Specialty Chemicals Company that makes, formulates and distributes its products and services across various industries globally.  As a forward looking SME that believes in commercially viable research and development (R&D), it aims to translate these efforts to become a world leader in clean colour science technologies and solutions. “From inception in...

Impact for HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

Anti-itch Moisturising Cream Treats Dermatological Diseases
Through IPI’s industry-technology matching services, Good Pharma Dermatology collaborated with the National Skin Centre (NSC) to commercialise an over-the-counter (OTC) anti-itch moisturizer. Good Pharma Dermatology is a Singapore pharmaceutical sales and marketing company focusing on hospital specialty and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. It was constantly looking for opportunities to introduce new products to capture the high growth South East Asian markets...

Impact for HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

Fall Detection and Auto-Emergency Assistance
With Singapore’s population, of those 65 years and above, projected to triple from 8% in 2000 to 24% in 2030, developing solutions that enhance the independence and improve the quality of life for the elderly is crucial. InnoPal is a Singapore-based startup company specialising in developing innovative and cost effective healthcare and wellness products and services. InnoPal was successfully matched...

Impact for HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

Disruptive Foot Scanner Technology
Founded by Glen Hinshaw, Intelligent Mobility Pte Ltd (IM) is a local start-up company incorporated in Singapore with products for healthcare and sports applications. IM’s products include custom insoles, 3D foot scanning, and a new generation of wireless foot pressure and heating monitoring insoles. IM has obtained a worldwide and exclusive sub-license (for insoles) for an advanced 3D imaging algorithm from GelSight...

Impact for ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Go Green with ERS' Green Datacenter Racks
ERS Industries is an established SME that manufactures electronic equipment racks for use in data centres. Over the last 15 years, it has grown by building on its strength in product design, manufacturing and good customer relationships. Despite its success, it is not resting on its laurels. Increasingly, data centres around the world are looking at ways to improve the...

Impact for DIGITAL ECONOMY

Strengthening Capabilities Through Technology Collaboration
G Element develops 3D smart building and city software solutions which provide unified situation awareness to building owners and managers. Started in 2001, this Singapore company first applied interactive 3D graphics technologies in the areas of training, simulation and visualization. In 2003, it shifted its focus from general industry to the smart buildings and cities market. Today, G Element’s 3D...

Impact for DIGITAL ECONOMY

Low Cost Earthquake Early Warning Detection System for Public Safety
Alphatron Asia specialises in distributing radar components and transmission equipment to the marine, medical, broadcast and satellite industries, and in providing management and control solution for complex networks. In 2012, it was named as one of the Singapore Enterprise 50 award winners. It has been searching for some time for a low-cost earthquake detection technology for deployment in one of...

Impact for HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

Hatching New Biomedical Innovations
The Biofactory, a biomedical incubator supported by Singapore Polytechnic, aims to create successful biomedical companies from Singapore-developed technologies. Recently, it has also been recognised as an incubator under the National Research Foundation’s Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS). The Biofactory’s key objective is to create more product-owners by bringing more Singapore-developed biomedical technologies, spin-offs and start-ups to the market. Of four start-ups established,...

Impact for DIGITAL ECONOMY

Navigating to Success with Indoor Location Tracking Technology
Wintier Technologies is a business and consulting company headquartered in Singapore. Since its inception in 2009, it has built a business networking platform that helps Singapore companies venture and seek business opportunities overseas. Its vast networks now cover the South East Asia, China and the Middle East. Its Information Technology & Telecommunication consulting arm is also in the business of...