Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) strives to address the industry’s challenges with its ongoing and new initiatives. To create a more vibrant industry landscape with more activities and outreach to companies in our local ecosystem, SSIA has set up an SME Local Ecosystem Improvement Committee headed by KC Ang, SSIA board member and SVP, Global Fab Operations of GlobalFoundries. The committee is supported by a team of industry leaders to strengthen the local semiconductor ecosystem through closer collaboration between semiconductor manufacturers and their suppliers.

The first objective of the committee was to extend the strategy for improvement to the SMEs’ network. The opportunities include increasing the awareness of the semiconductor SME local ecosystem to potential talents, deploying automation to improve the repetitive manual tasks, and the digitalisation of workflow to improve planning and execution. Kinetics, Richport and the SSIA team visited the Advanced Manufacturing Centre at TemasekPolytechnic in January 2021 to view use cases and demonstrations of autonomous transporter systems, robotic automation and metal 3D printing. The visit helped participating companies explore collaboration with the Institute of Higher Learning for their digitalization transformation, in a more practical and cost-effective way. During the Electronics Industry Day 2021 events, SMEs were also invited to participate in the virtual e2i. It helped increase awareness of the semiconductor SME local ecosystem to potential talents. Moving forward, SSIA will invite SMEs to participate in the coming Semiconductor Business Connect in July 2021 to explore business collaborations, with the theme Riding through the Waves of I4.0 – Enabling Intelligent Manufacturing.

Singapore Semiconductor’s Intelligent Manufacturing Framework

To help companies, especially SMEs, implement digital solutions into their business processes, SSIA has set up another committee headed by Jonathan Chang, Assistant VP – IT & Intelligence Management of Vanguard to define Singapore Semiconductor’s Intelligent Manufacturing Framework, with support from institutions, particularly Singapore Polytechnic. The committee will publish a paper on the Framework, which consists of several sections including introduction of manufacturing approach, manufacturing performance indices, required intelligent manufacturing capability to achieve semiconductor manufacturing excellence, system framework for effective developmentof intelligent manufacturing management system and effective transformation of semiconductor industry via fast integration of new Industry 4.0 capability into semiconductor manufacturing. More details will be updated on the SSIA website later.

List of organisations participating in the SME Local Ecosystem Improvement Committee

  • Aircond Network
  • Applied Materials
  • Denselight
  • GlobalFoundries
  • Infineon
  • Kinetics
  • Micron
  • Richport
  • Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association