British engineering giant Rolls-Royce, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and Singapore Aero Engine Services are setting up a facility to develop new technologies for the aerospace industry.

An investment of up to $60 million and the support of 120 staff will establish a Smart Manufacturing Joint Lab that will operate for five years and will aim to develop next-generation aerospace manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities, according to an article by Jacqueline Woo in the Straits Times.

Singapore's aerospace industry generates a total output of over $8 billion, of which 85% come from MRO activities and the rest from manufacturing. As a key aviation hub, Singapore is reported to account for 10% of global MRO output.

The lab will use A*Star's Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre's Model Factory to trial new technology applications.  It is a significant milestone in Singapore's drive for high-value manufacturing, using advanced robotics and automatic and additive processes.

One of the aims is to form a “robust high-value aerospace-related business ecosystem for local enterprises" so that local SMEs will be enabled to adopt the latest technologies.

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