Sky Track will sit atop HMGICS’ state-of-the-art seven-story innovation lab located at the Jurong Innovation District (JID). JID enables how organisations collaborate – by bringing the various nodes of the advanced manufacturing ecosystem together, into a single district to create a one-stop advanced manufacturing hub. Master-planned to house the full manufacturing value chain, JID is home to a vibrant ecosystem of researchers, technology and training providers, and advanced manufacturers.
The building will also feature a landing port for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) as well as solar panels providing the site with clean renewable energy. The centre will gradually expand its use of renewable energy to eventually use fuel cell as a power supply to minimise emissions from power generation.
HMGICS occupies a footprint of 44,000 m2 with the building covering 28,000 m2. Construction of the site will be completed by the end of 2022.
The centre will also act as a test bed for a human-centred intelligent manufacturing platform with small scale EV production facility on site. The facility will utilise the latest ‘Industry 4.0’ smart technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics. The logistics and assembly lines within HMGICS will be highly automated to establish a safe and efficient work environment. The Group will also test versatile systems that produce multiple models, to respond efficiently to fast changing market environments.
Hyundai’s vision of progress for humanity also prioritises sustainability, and the centre will play a pivotal role in identifying opportunities in the mobility field. The centre also will explore new business concepts, including BaaS (battery-as-a-service) in order to enhance customers’ experiences of EV ownership.
HMGICS will be home to the Group’s R&D experts from around the world, including members of the Hyundai CRADLE innovation hub and AI Research (AIR) Centre. Affiliate companies such as Hyundai Mobis, Hyundai Glovis, Hyundai Autoever, Hyundai WIA, Hyundai Rotem and Hyundai Transys will also take part in HMGICS.
The collaboration will go beyond the Group and into the Singaporean innovation ecosystem. Singaporean universities, startups and research institutes, including Nanyang Technological University, Singapore - the first local academic research partner – will be able to collaborate through the open innovation lab.
“Hyundai is a strategic partner in our effort to address future mobility needs through innovation and advanced manufacturing technologies. The Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Centre will introduce important new capabilities in areas such as electric vehicles and urban air mobility, and create new opportunities for Singaporeans. This will complement the vibrant base of companies that are involved in the development of autonomous driving and electrification technologies,” said Dr. Beh Swan Gin, Chairman, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
Mr. Tan Boon Khai, CEO of JTC, said “Jurong Innovation District is shaping up well as a top-tier innovation ecosystem, with many top multinational giants joining in recent years. We will continue to bring together the best in advanced manufacturing and change the way all stakeholders collaborate to build the future of this industry. The Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Centre will further strengthen the District’s position as an advanced manufacturing hub that is home to state-of-the-art Factories of the Future.”
Singapore’s role in the hub for open innovation.
Singapore is ranked first in the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Global Competitiveness Report. The country’s competitiveness stems from its strategic location, competitive workforce, pro-business environment, and forward-looking economic policies. With a strong track record for open innovation, Singapore is an ideal location for Hyundai to test transformative ideas through HMGICS.
As part of its Smart Nation initiative to drive the adoption of digital innovation across multiple industries, Singapore is actively fostering the use of digital technologies such as AI, digitalisation, and smart urban mobility.