• Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
  • 9 October 2019, Wednesday
  • 8.30am – 5.00pm
  • Smart Casual

Digital Transformation – Accelerating Growth through Deep Partnerships

Digital Transformation is the buzzword for those hoping to revitalise their businesses. In this conference, businesses learnt how to optimise existing procedures and make their line of work relevant for future changes. The conference reinforced the theme that partnerships are the engine for growth. By engaging in such partnerships, companies ensure long-term sustainability by reforming entrenched mindsets in the industry.


Many SMEs struggle to kickstart the process of digital transformation on their own. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, the forum ensures businesses are IIOT-ready and well-prepared for future disruptions by attaining the Industry 4.0 standard.

Speakers Highlights

SMART Factory for Better Growth

Mr Jeremy Fong

CEO, Fong Engineering Manufacturing Pte. Ltd.

The Role of Partnership in Accelerating Digital Transformation

Mr Richard Koh

CTO, Microsoft Operations Pte. Ltd.

Retail 4.0 – The Importance of Digitalisation

Mr Lim Hock Chee

CEO, Sheng Siong Group

Brief of Programme

The MPTC Annual Conference 2019 held on 9 October 2020 discussed anecdotal cases of companies that have pursued public-private partnerships and embarked on strategies to develop a strong and vibrant digital ecosystem in Singapore.

The conference kicked off with welcome remarks and the opening address made by A*Star SIMTech, a government-funded public organisation that develops high-value manufacturing technology. The RCA Signing Ceremony and presentation of Partners Recognition Awards followed soon after.

Three Guest Speakers who were invited to contribute their insights then shared their expertise for the rest of the morning through keystone talks. In keeping with the topic of digitalisation, Mr Jeremy Fong, CEO of Fong Engineering Manufacturing Pte Ltd, spoke about having a SMART Factory for Better Growth. To emphasise on the importance of partnering with different sectors, Mr Richard Koh, the CTO of Microsoft Operations Pte Ltd, elaborated on the Role of Partnership in Accelerating Digital Transformation.  After a short tea break, this was rounded off by a talk with Mr Lim Hock Chee, Sheng Shiong Group CEO, on Retail 4.0 – The Importance of Digitalisation.

Moving forward, the Digital 4.0 Roadmap was shared by Nakul Malhotra, Vice President at Wilhelmsen Ships Service, one of our industry partners. There was also a panel discussion on Partnering to Accelerate Growth via Digitalisation, with organisations from both the private and public sector represented, such as eGenie and e2i.

After lunch, participants were split into two tracks, Track 1 (Manufacturing & Services) and Track 2 (Maritime). Track 1 benefited from talks dealing with local and global partnerships, technological disruption, improvement in maintenance & productivity, product diversification, operations excellence and IoT (Internet of Things). Track 2 benefited from talks on customer-centric digital solutions, maritime & command centre digitalisation, remotely-operated machinery, autonomous shipping control, e-data logger implementation and intelligent RPA & data analytics.

The conference was a deeply enriching one for members as they learnt how to better optimise their businesses for partnerships in the era of digitalisation.


Time Programme
8.30 AM – 8.55 AM Registration & Breakfast and Networking
8.55 AM – 9.00 AM Arrival of Guest-Of-Honour
9.00 AM – 9.05 AM Welcome Remarks
by A*Star SIMTech 
9.05 AM – 9.15 AM

Opening Address

by A*Star

9.15 AM – 9.30 AM RCA Signing Ceremony 
9.30 AM – 9.50 AM Presentation of Partners Recognition Awards
9.50 AM – 10.10 AM SMART Factory for Better Growth
by Mr Jeremy Fong, CEO, Fong Engineering Manufacturing Pte Ltd
10.10 AM – 10.30 AM

The Role of Partnership in Accelerating Digital Transformation

by Mr Richard Koh, CTO, Microsoft Operations Pte Ltd

10.30 AM – 11.00 AM

Tea Break and Networking 

11.00 AM – 11.40 AM

Retail 4.0 – The Importance of Digitalisation

by Mr Lim Hock Chee, CEO, Sheng Siong Group

11.40 AM – 12.00 PM

Digital 4.0 Roadmap

by Nakul MalhotraVice President Technical Solutions and Marketing – Marine Products, Wilhelmsen Ships Service 

12.00 PM – 12.30 PM

Panel Discussion:
Importance of Partnerships in Accelerating Growth in Digitalisation Era

Moderated by Mr Peter Schellenberger, MD, Oserv Pte Ltd

Panelist: eGenie, SPETA, SIMTech, ESG, EDB, e2i, MPA 

12.30 PM – 1.45 PM Lunch and Networking 
1.45 PM – 2.00 PM

Track 1: Manufacturing & Services

Successful Innova on through Local and Global Partnerships

by Mr Niels Haenisch, Principal,
Boston Consul ng Group

Track 2: Maritime

The President’s Paradox

by Mr. Bjoern Sprotte, President and COO, OSM Maritime Group

2.00 PM – 2.15 PM

Track 1: Manufacturing & Services

Commune IOT 4.0: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

by Mr Joshua Koh, CEO, Commune Lifestyle

Track 2: Maritime

Future-Ready Customer-Centric Digital Solutions

by Mr Vincent Lim, CEO, BH Global Corporation Pte Ltd

2.15 PM – 2.30 PM

Track 1: Manufacturing & Services

Connecting the “i” to “T” – Challenges and Opportunities

by Mr Dave Tan, CEO, Bok Seng Logistics

Track 2: Maritime

True Value of Digitalisation: Command Centre

by Mr. John Inge RøttingCOO Star Information System AS / Operations Director, eGenie

2.30 PM – 2.45 PM

Track 1: Manufacturing & Services

Achieving Maintenance Excellence with Digital Transformation

by Mr Koh Yak Boo, Singapore Site Turnaround Manager, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific

Track 2: Maritime

The Future of Remotely Operated Machinery

by Mr. Magnus Lande, Veracity Head of APAC & Commercial Director, DNV GL – Digital Solutions

2.45 PM – 3.00 PM

Track 1: Manufacturing & Services

Disrupt or be Disrupted: Accelerating Change

by Mr TC Tan, CEO, OrangeTee & Tie Pte Ltd

Track 2: Maritime

Vision 21: Be The Change

by Mr. Stephen Low, CEO, Wrist Singapore 

3.00 PM – 3.15 PM

Track 1: Manufacturing & Services

Teckwah Digital Transformation Journey: Walking with Partners

by Mr Calvin Ong, Sourcing & Purchasing Manager, Teckwah Value Chain Pte Ltd

Track 2: Maritime

Real World Stories in Singapore Maritime Digitalisation Journey

by Mr. Desmond Ong, Vice President Projects & Other Bulk Solutions, Jurong Port Pte Ltd

3.15 PM – 3.45 PM Tea Break and Networking 
3.45 PM – 4.00 PM

Track 1: Manufacturing & Services

Engaging the Workforce from Lean to Digital Transformation for Productivity Improvement

by Mr Phillip Choo, Vice President & MD, Michelman Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd

Track 2: Maritime

How Far are We From Autonomous Ship

by Mr. Srinivas Tati, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime Pte Ltd

4.00 PM – 4.15 PM

Track 1: Manufacturing & Services

Transformation through Diversification

by Mr Picasso Terrence, ASEAN ED & CEO, Asiawide Print Holdings

Track 2: Maritime

Implementation of edatalogger on Bunker Vessels

by Ms Naomi Lee, Business Development, Victory Petroleum Trading Pte Ltd

4.15 PM – 4.30 PM

Track 1: Manufacturing & Services

Journey Towards Operations Excellence filled with Fragrances

by Mr David Shi, Operations Manager, Fragrances, Greater Asia Plant,
International Flavors & Fragrances (Greater Asia) Pte Ltd

Track 2: Maritime

Digitalisation in Alfa Laval

by Mr. Adam Searl, Business and Market Development Manager, Alfa Laval Pte Ltd

4.30 PM – 4.45 PM

Track 1: Manufacturing & Services

Partnership for the Digital Age: Kampong 4.0

by Mr Anston Tan, Founder Principal, iPlast 4.0

Track 2: Maritime

Intelligent RPA and Data Analytics

by Mr BK Lim, CEO, IPO SG Pte Ltd

4.45 PM End of the Conference 

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