Programme Framework

Industrial Transformation – Future of Manufacturing Summit

The Summit is organised in collaboration with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) around the theme “Getting Real with the Business of Industry 4.0”. The 2-day programme covers not only strategic perspectives on the impact of Industry 4.0 for ASEAN and the Asia Pacific region but also what industrial transformation and technologies mean for key industry sectors in Asia, organisations and their processes. Speakers from across large MNCs to SMEs will highlight front-line experiences and lessons learnt from their journeys toward Industry 4.0 adoption.

The Industrial Internet of Things Forum focuses on developments and applications of IoT within different industries, how IoT affects and brings value to businesses and partnerships in Manufacturing and adjacent sectors.

Global Additive Manufacturing Summit

Conducted by Singapore’s National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) led by NTUitive, the Global Additive Manufacturing Summit (6th Additive Manufacturing Summit Series) is co-located as part of Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC.

The programme will encompass developments & opportunities in Additive Manufacturing, inculcate understanding and industrial adoption with illustrative case studies and use cases, highlight promising Additive Manufacturing technologies and start-ups, and address issues and challenges.

Standards Forum

Organised by Enterprise Singapore, the Forum will address how standards apply in different segments (Industrial Automation, Additive Manufacturing and Digital Factories) and how future standards may change in response to Industry 4.0

Technical Tours

Delegates and visitors to Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC may join organised tours to off-site industrial manufacturing showcase and demo sites (registration required). Hosted by selected Event partners, participants will have up-close views of some of the latest Industry 4.0 solutions and deployments, with opportunities to interact and learn from the site hosts.

UPDATED AS OF 1 july 2018. subject to revision at organiser’s discretion.

TUESDAY 16 OCT 2018 (DAY 1)

Industrial Transformation – Future of Manufacturing Summit

Joint Welcome Address by Organisers (Deutsche Messe & SingEx Exhibitions)

Speech by Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
Award Presentation Ceremony, MOU Signing & Launch Ceremony

From Acceleration to Take-Off: What It Really Means for Opportunities in the Asia Pacific?


  • Technological Provocations: Getting to the Point of No Return
  • Imperatives for Leadership – Raising the Bar for Governments, Business Performance & Management
  • Priming the Collaboration Landscape & Ecosystem for Growth
  • From Evolution to Revolution – Speeding the Curve With Innovation, Capability Development & Beyond

GROUP FIRESIDE CHAT: Who’s Ready to Rumble – Are Asia’s Organisations Really Up for Transformation?


  • New Paradigm for Provocateurs – A New Playbook for Competition
  • From End to End – Trailblazing Up the Value Chain
  • Doing Imagination Right – Remaking the Shape of Manufacturing
  • Out-of-the-Box Towards Higher Ambitions – Reframing the Context of Transformation
  • Bringing Intelligence to Manufacturing & Beyond


  • Investing in the Upside – New Models for Management & Performance
  • Revisiting the Productivity Paradox – Can Industry 4.0 Crack the Conundrum?

GROUP FIRESIDE CHAT: Where Next on the Journey to Industry 4.0 in APAC?


Industrial Transformation – Future of Manufacturing Summit

Welcome Remarks A*STAR
Award session for 1st Singapore-Germany Academic-Industry (2+2) International Collaboration Grant Call


  • Knife Edge Or Competitive Edge? Assessing the Stakes for ASEAN’s Industries
  • Drawing On Innovation’s Dividend – The Journey to Renewing Industry’s Promise
  • Transforming How the Organisation Thinks
  • Blueprint for Sectoral Shake-Up – Strategies for Logistics 4.0
  • Forging New Industrial Value Chains With Distributed Ledger Technologies

GROUP FIRESIDE CHAT: Journeys to Transformation – What’s Right for the Small Business Enterprise?

Industrial IoT Forum


  • New Twists to a Traditional Industry – What Business Are We In Again?
  • Turning The Ship Around – How Revolution is Driven From Within
  • IIoT Change Leaders in the Hot Seat – What’s In Store for the Automotive Sector?
  • Models for Scaling Transformation – Taking Things To New Levels


  • Beyond Connectivity – Extending the Reach & Borderlessness of IIoT
  • Establishing Digital Trails From Asia to Africa With the Blockchain
  • Reaching For Performance – When Business is Driven to the Edge
  • Real Business Propositions with Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality – The SME Experience

GROUP FIRESIDE CHAT: Taking the Pulse of IIoT – Where Next on the Road to Accelerating Industry Transformation?

THURSDAY 18 OCT 2018 (DAY 3)

Standards Forum

Welcome & Opening Addresses

Global and Local Trends in Standards Supporting Industry 4.0


  • Status Quo & Signals for the Future of Standards in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Overview of Singapore’s Advanced Manufacturing Standards Journey

Industry 4.0 – From Research To Deployment

  • Keeping Things Real With Artificial Intelligence

Product Development

  • 3D Printing – The Dawn of a New Age in Manufacturing
  • No Excuses for After-Thoughts – Embedding Cybersecurity Measures in Products

Industry Development

  • Ground Rules for Deploying Industrial Robots
  • Transformation to Digital Factory

Are We Ready for New Industry 4.0 Standards Or Are We Still Grappling With the Basics?

More programme and registration information will be available in August 2018.

For speaking opportunities, contact Ms Jane Siow –
For conference sponsorship opportunities, contact Mr Henry Chua –