In early 2021, the Singapore Government announced a 10-year plan to grow the country’s manufacturing sector by 50%, the amount required for the industry to keep its 21% share of GDP.
Semiconductor manufacturing, one of the most complex manufacturing processes in existence, has the potential to lead the way in building continued manufacturing excellence in Singapore. For more than 50 years, Singapore’s history in this industry, its robust supplier ecosystem and its optimal mix of talent and infrastructure have made it ideal for global players like Micron to expand and scale their operations.
With the long-standing partnership with the government, large manufacturing footprint, commitment to sustainability and focus on people, Micron is well placed to help Singapore’s manufacturing ecosystem achieve the Manufacturing 2030 Vision.
Micron brings technology transitions and innovation to Singapore’s vision
For more than two decades, Micron has continued to deepen its commitments and investments in Singapore, becoming one of Singapore’s largest foreign investors and employers. Micron Singapore is home to the industry’s leading 176-layer NAND technology, providing scale to future technology transitions that will fuel new device experiences and infrastructure innovation across the data center and intelligent edge.
Best of all, Micron brings smart manufacturing to the ecosystem. Smart manufacturing enables Micron to make complex products with the highest quality and to accelerate time to market while increasing energy efficiency, reducing waste and maintaining an efficient end-to-end supply chain.
According to Koen De Backer, Micron’s vice president of Smart Manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence, “We embrace AI to solve our manufacturing and business problems. We leverage the vast amount of data generated — 13 terabytes daily — to gain insights and create the innovation necessary to gain an edge through AI. For instance, we use AI to analyze millions of images a day and detect real-time process anomalies.”
He lists the impact of these transformations: a 30% reduction in unplanned downtime, an 18% improvement in labor productivity, a 40% reduction in product downgrade, a 20% reduction in new-product ramp time and a 15% savings in energy.
This last impact is vital to the environmental sustainability that lies at the heart of Micron’s manufacturing footprint. With an investment of US$1 billion over the next five to seven years, Micron has established ambitious long-term environmental sustainability goals across four key categories: emissions, energy, water and waste. The Micron team is also looking into data platforms and smart end-to-end energy management solutions to drive environment sustainability in Singapore operations. Micron Singapore has already been recognized by the World Economic Forum in its Global Lighthouse Network for its sustainability commitments.
Micron Singapore is recognized as an Advanced 4th Industrial Revolution Lighthouse by the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse Network.
Micron scales from front-end smart manufacturing to an end-to-end smart enterprise
We are also leveraging our six years of smart manufacturing initiatives to create cross-functional approaches that remove siloes and promote transparency and collaboration. Micron partners with key external stakeholders and suppliers to develop joint roadmaps and data-driven insights that enhance products and reduce product ramp times.
De Backer adds, “We identify the learnings from our smart manufacturing initiatives and proliferate the lessons, strategies and investment throughout the enterprise to enhance efficiencies, productivity and quality. One example is the use of an AI-based auto-diagnostic solution by our procurement teams. It identifies saving opportunities and supply market dynamics by integrating insights from various category-specific costs and market intelligence tools to recommend a go-to-market and negotiation strategy.”
People are the core of this transformation journey
Micron has embraced AI to not only benefit its position as a leading semiconductor memory maker, but also to inspire, enable and upskill our workforce. This approach allows team members with different abilities or in different age groups to perform efficiently, contribute equally and extend their careers. Examples include supporting team members with disabilities to work remotely and achieve their full potential with the assistance of smart applications leveraging augmented and mixed reality technology.
Micron also focuses on attracting top talent in Singapore and the region. “Micron has sponsored industry-relevant projects, engaged student researchers and hired them in internship programs,” says De Backer. “We recently partnered with the National University of Singapore’s Advanced Robotics Centre to develop autonomous transportation capability at our Singapore site. We will accelerate adoption of new technologies and upgrade the skill sets of our team members in response to any uncertainties that we may encounter in the future.”
Micron is the first technology company to sign up the President’s Challenge Enabling Employment Pledge, a commitment to supporting employees with different abilities through means such as AI.