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Regional Report ASEAN/Singapore – June 2021

    This time we report about OPC Hub ASEAN/Singapore established in Oct 2019 with David Chia, CEO Beckhoff Singapore as the head of OPC Hub ASEAN/Singapore. Together with his team he supported and organized the OPC Day Singapore for multiple years including international speakers from multiple companies.

    Since the start of the OPC Hub ASEAN/Singapore the OPC Hub has signed, in alignment with the OPC Foundation, an MoU with Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic to promote awareness of OPC UA to adult learners and to introduce OPC UA content in Industry 4.0 related courses. In addition several NP/SP lecturers have elected to upskill themselves:

    From left to right: Mrs. Lek-Lim Geok Choo and Mr. Russell Chan (Ngee Ann Polytechnic), Mr. David Chia (Beckhoff Singapore), Mr. Stefan Hoppe (OPC Foundation), Mr Toh Ser Khoon and Mr Loh Yew Chiong (Singapore Polytechnic)

    In addition, an MoU with Singapore Industrial Automation Association has been established to promote awareness of OPC UA to the system integration and solution provider community.

    The ceremony was witnessed by Enterprise Singapore and the Singapore Standards Council: David Chia (Beckhoff Singapore), Ms Choy Sauw Kook (Director-General, Enterprise Singapore), Terence, Sue Yin (SIAA)


    “Southeast Asia as a collection of 10 countries is the 5th largest economic body in the world with a US$3.2 Tr GDP, and a combined FDI of US$ 160 Bn. With changing world dynamics, we are seeing more investments due to the effect of “China+1”, domestic companies venturing into higher technologies and an increased pace towards Industry 4.0 adoption. In Singapore, OPC UA is recognized as a national standard since Oct-2019 and we have continued to promote this among educational and research institutions. Several courses with OPC UA content are already being planned and will be rolled out soon. We are also working closely with trade association and industry groups to promote the awareness of OPC UA and importance of standards.” – David Chia, CEO, Beckhoff Singapore