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   Shaping Singapore’s Future
A small resource constraint nation, dependent on the outside world for its most basic needs including food, energy and even water, Singapore recognises the importance of aligning itself to international
One year after it became a sovereign nation in 1966, Singapore’s standards’ unit, which came under the ambit of the Economic Development Board’s Industrial Research Unit, became a full member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In the same year, it issued its first standard, the Singapore Standard on Timber and Primer, as timber was one of Singapore’s key exports.
Since then, Singapore’s standardisation programme has grown in sync with the expanding economy. Today, there are over 700 Singapore Standards, including Codes of Practice (CP) and Technical References (TR).
As quality and standards will continue to be a key enabler in supporting innovation, Singapore has ramped up its standardisation efforts to support the deployment of novel technologies, products and services even as they are being developed. Over the past year, industry-led Singapore Standards Council (SSC) published 19 new standards, including the SS 642 : 2019 for Pneumatic Waste Conveyance System, the TR61 for parcel lockers and the TR 68 for autonomous vehicles.
Busy calendar ahead
More can be expected as the SSC steps up its standardisation efforts to keep pace with economic transformation and novel technologies. By March 2020, over 40 new standards are expected to be published, including standards for additive manufacturing and drones. Development of the new standards will involve stakeholders from industry, trade associations, academia and government organisations.
“As the market continues to evolve with new developments and technological disruptions, it is increasingly important for SSC to tap the expertise and knowledge of the industry so that the development of new standards is in parallel and cognisant of new trends,” said the SSC.
Additive Manufacturing or 3D printing is a game changer, disrupting businesses and supply chains. Market intelligence provider International Data Corporation estimates global spending on 3D printing, including hardware, materials, software and services, could be worth US$13.8 billion in 2019, up 21 percent over 2018, increasing further to US$22.7 billion by 2022.
Singapore has identified 3D printing as a new area of growth and has invested S$500 million since 2013 in 3D printing under its Future of Manufacturing scheme. To support the adoption of 3D printing technologies by

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