Singapore: On a year-on-year basis, Singapore’s manufacturing output increased 21 percent in July 2017, according to the country’s Economic Board of Development.

Helmond, Netherlands: Fastener manufacturer Nedschroef has signed an agreement to acquire component manufacturer and engineering service provider CP Tech, with the intention to develop from a specialist manufacturer of fasteners to a engineering company capable of engaging in the development of early-stage automotive projects working jointly with OEMs.

Philippines: The Philippines’ manufacturing industry continued to grow in July, albeit at a slower pace. The manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) decreased from 53.9 in June to 52.8 in July, according to a report by Nikkei and IHS Markit.

APMEN speaks to Dr Antonio Feraco, chief business development officer at the Fraunhofer IDM@NTU project centre, on how augmented reality can have help manufacturers with processes such as remote maintenance, repair and overhaul. All images contributed by Fraunhofer IDM@NTU.

Singapore: Technology company Siemens launched its first fully integrated digitalisation hub in the country.

Taiwan: The manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose for the 16th consecutive month in the country to reach 57.6 in June this year, according to the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER).

Singapore: Machine tool maker Yamazaki Mazak celebrated its 25th anniversary in Singapore this year. At the event, the company announced the expansion of their new tooling and machine tool production, inauguration of their new additive manufacturing solution centre.

The manufacturing world has already decided to get on board the Industry 4.0 bandwagon. But where exactly is this wagon going to take us in a world that is getting very interconnected as we speak? Craig Charlton, SVP, Asia Pacific Operations, Epicor gives us the lowdown

Indonesia: May’s reading for the Nikkei Indonesia Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dropped to 50.6 in May from a reading of 51.2 in April. However, the reading remains comfortably above the line of 50.0 that separates expansion from contraction.

Qingdao, China: Airbus Group’s helicopter manufacturing arm Airbus Helicopters has started construction of its first assembly plant in China.

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