Singapore, 28 June 2013 – Singapore Polytechnic
(SP) and Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics) launched Singapore’s
first of its kind research centre on advanced materials today. The $4 million Applied Materials Engineering
Centre (AMEC), situated within SP, will spearhead applied materials innovation
in the areas of advanced powder metallurgy and ceramic applications that are
relevant to industries such as aerospace, automotive, maritime and offshore,
Combining SP’s strong materials engineering knowledge and ST
Kinetics’ experience in delivering smart engineering solutions, AMEC is
equipped with two new state-of-the-art technologies – Gas Atomiser and Sparks Plasma
Sintering (SPS) equipment to spearhead innovations in advanced powder
metallurgy and ceramic applications.
Having one of the first Gas Atomiser plants in Southeast Asia
gives AMEC the capability to produce metal-alloy powder that is one-tenth the
diameter of human hair. The atomised powders
will meet the needs of many industries due to its wide range of applications. These applications include corrosion and
wear-resistant coating for aerospace, maritime and offshore applications;
superalloys for aeronautical and structural applications; as well as
development of hydrogen-air fuel cells for electrical generators, electronic
devices and lightweight vehicles.
Adopting advanced processes to enhance the mechanical
properties of ceramic powder, AMEC will utilise the SPS equipment to heat
ceramic powder in minutes to reach a temperature of more than 2,000 degrees
Celsius – high enough to melt steel into liquid form. This advanced process will enhance materials’
wear and impact resistant properties: creating super-hard and lightweight advanced ceramic for next generation
automotive applications, such as brake pads and ball bearings that are more
durable than conventional metal ones, deepwater drilling bits and
cost-and-energy efficient superconductors.
will also provide solutions to future communication satellites, reducing the satellites’
weight and cost while improving their efficiency.
The enhanced efficiency in
satellite-to-satellite communication will mean that fewer satellites are needed
to provide global coverage in areas of GPS (Global Position System) and
Advanced ceramics recorded
sales of US$2.5 billion in 2010 for the US market, projecting an increase to US$4
billion by 2016. Demand for metal powders in the US is also projected
to grow 6.2% annually to 1.4 billion pounds in 2015, valued at US$4.8 billion.
joint collaboration will allow both SP and ST Kinetics to contribute to the
growing market in the near future.
“AMEC will expose our staff and researchers to unique technologies,
thus increasing their knowledge and awareness in the field of advanced
materials technology. We believe that
the partnership with ST Kinetics will strengthen the polytechnic’s position as
one of Singapore’s top engineering polytechnics that is able to contribute
effectively to the industry.”
~ TAN Choon
Shian, Principal & CEO, Singapore Polytechnic
“ST Kinetics is excited to partner Singapore Polytechnic in the research
and development of applied materials technology. The launch of AMEC today demonstrates our commitment
to delivering smart engineering and innovative solutions to our myriad
~ SEW Chee
Jhuen, President, ST Kinetics
 Source: BCC Research LLC (2011). Advanced Ceramics
and Nanoceramics Powders.
 Source: The Freedonia Group (2011). Metal Powders –
Industry Study with Forecasts for 2015 & 2020.
Sew Chee Jhuen, President, ST Kinetics (second from right)
presenting a token of appreciation to Applied Materials Engineering Centre
(AMEC)’s Opening Guest-of-Honour Prof
Quek Tong Boon, Chief Defence Scientist， Ministry of Defence (middle). With them are Mr Lance Lim, Chief
Technology Officer, Singapore Polytechnic (first from left), Mr Lim Peng Hun, Deputy Principal (Technology and Industry), Singapore Polytechnic
(second from left) and Dr Richard Kwok, Chairman, AMEC and Chief Technology
Officer, ST Kinetics (first from right).
From left to right: Dr Richard Kwok, Chairman, Applied Materials Engineering
Centre (AMEC) and Chief Technology Officer, ST Kinetics, Mr
Sew Chee Jhuen, President, ST Kinetics, Prof Quek Tong Boon, Chief Defence Scientist， Ministry of
Defence, Mr Lim Peng Hun, Deputy Principal (Technology and Industry), Singapore
Polytechnic and Mr Lance
Chief Technology Officer, Singapore Polytechnic, officially launched AMEC
at Singapore Polytechnic today.
industry guests viewing one of the first Gas Atomiser plants in Southeast Asia at
the Applied Materials Engineering Centre.
Established in 1954, Singapore
Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. It has 10 schools that offer 49 full-time
diploma courses for close to 16,000 students.
SP has adopted a proven creative teaching and learning framework and it
offers students a holistic, authentic and industry-relevant curriculum, innovative
and vibrant learning spaces, and enriching overseas programmes.
The Polytechnic is committed to
producing competent and versatile graduates, who are also imbued with sound
values, so that they can be work ready, life ready and world-ready. Among the network of more than 170,000 SP
alumni are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multinational and
public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals across various
industries and leaders in government.
SP is the first polytechnic to be awarded
the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010 and the President's Social
Service Award in 2011.
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About ST Kinetics
ST Kinetics (Singapore
Technologies Kinetics Ltd) is the land systems and specialty vehicles arm of
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. It
is one of Asia’s leading land systems and specialty vehicles companies,
delivering smart engineering solutions since 1967 for the commercial, defence
and homeland security markets. With more
than 7,000 employees worldwide and revenue of over S$1.5b in FY2012, ST
Kinetics delivers products and solutions to end users in more than 40 countries
around the world; helping to maintain the peace of nations and increasing the
productivity of businesses involved in earthmoving, road construction and goods
distribution. Please visit www.stengg.com.
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