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CCS participates in business mission to Germany

Germany, February 2015: CCS participated in business mission to Germany led by International Enterprise Singapore from 1 - 7 February 2015, in conjunction with Singapore Prime Minister’s visit. 

Picture shows full delegation

After formally signing the MoU with Leichtbauzentrum Sachsen (LZS) in Dresden, CCS joined a group of Singaporean manufacturing companies travelling to Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich and Linz (Austria), in order to visit world leading companies relevant for composite manufacturing.

One focus area of this trip was thermoplastic composites. CCS is spearheading this technology in Singapore through bilateral engagements with local and overseas partners, as well as through initiatives, such as the thermoplastic composites roundtable jointly organized with IE Singapore during JEC Asia 2014.

Picture shows Manufacturing Technology Mission together with Leichtbauzentrum Sachsen (LZS) officials Prof. Hufenbach, Dr. Lepper and Mr. Renner

CCS and partners develop a new method to create high-performance composite structures with thermoplastic tapes

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Singapore 19th November 2014: Composite Cluster Singapore (CCS) has developed a concept that aims at manufacturing high-performance composite structures in shorter time and with significantly reduced cost. The groundbreaking concept builds on market proven thermoplastic tape placement technology and integrates it with advanced robotics and laser technologies to overcome limitations of current solutions. CCS will continue the development in a project, jointly with its partners HOPE Technik Pte Ltd, KUKA Robot Automation (M) Sdn Bhd, SGL Group and TRUMPF Pte Ltd.

Picture shows (from left): Hor Chee Shen (KUKA), Chia Thien Fook (CCS), Jerry Ang (CCS), Andreas Erber (SGL), Lim Chee Meng (CCS), Prof. Klaus Drechsler (TUM-LCC), Florian Doetzer (CCS), Johnny Teo (SPRING), Goh Siong Teck (SPRING), Peter Ho (CCS)

“Identifying and supporting innovative,  high-growth start-ups is at the heart of our efforts. The success of the project will push the boundaries in materials engineering in Singapore and have disruptive implications in the high-technology based manufacturing for the aerospace, aviation and motoring industries. Partnering with local and international industrial leaders, CCS has assembled a capable team to ensure the project’s quality and eventually bring this groundbreaking solution to the market.” - Mr Edwin Chow, Executive Director for the Innovation and Start-ups Group, Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (SPRING) Singapore.

“The idea of freespace composite manufacturing - that we are developing further in this project - is certainly pushing the boundaries of what is possible with today’s technology. It is the joint competence of world class project partners that will allow us to achieve something that has never been done before. As bold as the idea is, this is the team to do it. And it will be done in Singapore.” - Dr. Florian Doetzer, MD, CCS

“We leverage on our extensive background in composites manufacturing and mixed it with the robotics capability we have to work towards this truly game-changing manufacturing process.” - Peter Ho, CEO, HOPE Technik

Parts and components made from high-performance carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) generally have superior stiffness and strength per weight when compared to metal components. In addition, they also present opportunities in design and shapes, because they are per definition an additive manufacturing method. CCS and its partners are building on the recent advancements in materials, as well as automation to establish a process and machine concept to manufacture CFRP components without expensive moulds and tooling.

The CCS project team will be lead by Dr. Florian Doetzer, Managing Director of Composite Cluster Singapore (CCS), an experienced technology manager with previous positions in automotive and aerospace industries. He and his team will be supported by each partners’ specialist engineers in their respective field of expertise: integration and prototyping (HOPE), robotics (KUKA), thermoplastic composite material (SGL) and industrial laser technology (TRUMPF). 

This will target a global market of high-performance composites that Freedonia Group estimates with USD 10.2bn in 2016, while Visiongain estimates the global market for Aerospace components with USD 10.3bn in 2012. The global potential for components produced with the freespace composite manufacturing system is estimated with approximately USD 2-3bn in 2016 spanning multiple industries, such as aviation, space, marine, racing and sports.

A go to market strategy will target lightweight aviation, space, competition yachts and car racing components. Offering engineering and manufacturing services in the beginning, a licensing concept will be considered for a global market growth in collaboration with the technology partners SGL Carbon, TRUMPF, KUKA and HOPE Technik.

The project is supported by the Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme (TECS) under SPRING Singapore.  The TECS is a competitive grant that supports the development of high-growth Singapore start-ups with a strong technology proposition and a scalable business model.

About SPRING Singapore: SPRING Singapore is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry responsible for helping Singapore enterprises grow and building trust in Singapore products and services. As the enterprise development agency, SPRING works with partners to help enterprises in financing, capability and management development, technology and innovation, and access to markets. As the national standards and accreditation body, SPRING develops and promotes an internationally-recognised standards and quality assurance infrastructure. SPRING also oversees the safety of general consumer goods in Singapore. Please visit www.spring.gov.sg for more information and news about SPRING Singapore.

About Composite Cluster Singapore Pte Ltd (CCS): CCS (www.compositecluster.com) focuses on design & manufacturing of high-performance composites and covers the full spectrum of composites solutions, from early-stage feasibility assessments to manufacturing of components.

About KUKA Robot Automation (M) Sdn Bhd: KUKA is a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots. Core competencies are production and sale of industrial robots, controllers and software.

About SGL Group: SGL Group - The Carbon Company - is one of the world's leading manufacturers of carbon-based products and materials. It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites.

About TRUMPF Pte Ltd.: TRUMPF is one of the world leading companies in production technology. Three business divisions are combined within a holding company: Machine Tools / Power Tools, Laser Technology / Electronics and Medical Technology. 
In the field of industrial lasers and laser systems, the company is the technological leader in the world market.

About HOPE Technik Pte Ltd: HOPE is active in design, prototyping, engineering, manufacture and end user support related to defence, para-military, unmanned systems, special vehicles, aerospace, medtech, fire suppression and special equipment globally.

 

CONTACT:
Florian Doetzer
Managing Director Composite Cluster Singapore Pte Ltd
doetzer@compositecluster.com
tel. +65 65450030

CCS and Componeering partner for ESAComp software promotion in the ASEAN region

PRESS RELEASE

Singapore/Helsinki, 3rd November 2014: Composite Cluster Singapore Pte Ltd (CCS) and Componeering Inc. have signed an agreement to substantiate their collaboration regarding Componeering’s ESAComp software in the ASEAN region.

As a gateway to Asia, Singapore is the ideal location for Componeering to advance its international activities in the ASEAN region. As a center of excellence in the region, CCS utilizes its network and expertise to provide customers with composite design solutions. On signing this agreement, CCS becomes the regional distributor and technical support center for Componeering’s ESAComp software.
“The ASEAN region already has significant production capacity for high-performance composites, so the natural next step is to develop their composite design competencies too. Combined with training, support and know-how from CCS, ESAComp provides an excellent base for learning structural design of advanced composites,” says Mr. Markku Palanterä, General Manager of Componeering.
“ESAComp has established itself as the best composite design software around and it also integrates easily with common CAE software. We are therefore very happy to establish this partnership with Componeering that allows us to substantially upgrade our customers' advanced composites capabilities. Composite design capabilities are a key element to go from contract manufacturing to original design manufacturing and ESAComp directly addresses that” concludes Dr. Florian Doetzer, Managing Director of CCS.

About Componeering Inc. and ESAComp: Componeering, based in in Helsinki, Finland, is the developer of ESAComp (www.esacomp.com), a software suite for analysis and design of composite structures. ESAComp focuses on conceptual and preliminary design, but its capabilities range also to FE post-processing and analyses of details. The intuitive graphical user interface combines the extensive composite materials database and the analysis features seamlessly, and interfaces with commercial finite element software guarantee smooth workflow in the design process. From its origins in European aerospace, ESAComp has been developed as a general tool for everyone working with composites, both in industry and in research.

CONTACT:
Florian Doetzer
Managing Director Composite Cluster Singapore Pte Ltd
doetzer@compositecluster.com
tel. +65 65450030

Markku Palanterä
General Manager Componeering Inc.
markku.palantera@componeering.com
tel. +358 9 4342 1550

 

CCS signs MoU with Republic Polytechnic

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Singapore, 5 September 2014: Republic Polytechnic and CCS sign a Memorandum of Understanding to work together in the promotion of advanced composites in Singapore. As a first activity within the framework of this agreement, CCS will support Republic Polytechnic's new Specialist Diploma on Advanced Composites starting end of October 2014.

Picture shows (from left): Ashley Chua (Director School of Applied Science RP), Seto Lok Yin (Deputy Principal RP), Florian Doetzer (Managing Director CCS), Lim Chee Meng (Director CCS) - Photos by www.emo-studios.com

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