UAE showcases power of partnerships in pioneering 4IR technologies

ABU DHABI, — Ways in which innovative and unexpected partnerships can unleash the opportunities inherent in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies to advance manufacturing and industry, is the focus of the Innovation Circle at the Manufacturing Expo 2017, an integral component of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) held in Abu Dhabi from 27th to 30th March.

The centrepiece display of the Manufacturing Expo 2017, the Innovation Circle – powered by Tawazun, the Abu Dhabi strategic investment company � is focused on forging new and innovative partnerships harnessing disruptive 4IR processes and technologies.

The centre is a catalyst for connecting businesses in the UAE with global industry players to explore new synergies and cooperative working models. The partnerships will evaluate new technologies, showcase breakthrough innovations, and introduce concepts that enable manufacturers to drive the future of industry in the region.

Amongst the projects on display is a recently announced collaboration between Strata, Etihad Engineering and Siemens, which sees industrialised 3D printing employed in a first of its kind initiative to create aircraft interior components for the UAE’s national carrier. Working to Etihad Engineering design data, Siemens has provided manufacturing integration and, for the first time in the Middle East, Strata has used 3D printing technology to manufacture the required components.

Also on display in the Innovation Circle is GE’s microfactory model, which is being brought to the region for the first time, offering access to various additive technologies at a scale suitable for small production runs. The microfactory model serves as an accelerator for small and medium businesses (SMEs) and start-ups that want to take prototypes into production.

Dubox � a subsidiary of Amana Group, partnered with Witteveen + Bos and Eindhoven University from the Netherlands, demonstrates 3D printing of concrete, a method that will enhance the manufacturing process by bringing greater freedom to those designs that can be optimised and realised. 3D printing of concrete enables accommodation solutions to be efficiently produced, affordable, and even reusable, and they can be rapidly erected in remote areas and even mass-customised to increase consumer appeal.

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is presenting its CubeSat programme, supported by Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat). CubeSat is part of the Institute’s concentration in Space Systems and Technology for the United Arab Emirates and enables the Institute’s Master’s students to design, integrate, construct, test and operate a miniature satellite. Masdar is also exhibiting student projects with applications as diverse as solar energy, infra-red-blocking glass, next generation catalytic convertors, and cosmetic treatments.

Badr Al-Olama, Chief Executive Officer, Strata Manufacturing, and Head of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit Organising Committee, said, “It’s easy to speak of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as being something that will benefit manufacturing tomorrow, or even further in the future, but the reality is that this is happening today. Manufacturing has much to gain from advances in technology, and these benefits are already being put into play here in the UAE. The Manufacturing Expo, as part of GMIS, showcases the strong existing capabilities and innovations of the UAE, demonstrates the power of partnerships, and sets the tone for the smart, 4IR-integrated future of our country, and the world.”

As the world’s first cross-industry forum, the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit is a global gathering for manufacturing minds. It is a voice and a venue for global manufacturing transformation. More than 1,200 delegates will attend, including world leaders, industry CEOs, policy-makers, specialist researchers and academics.

Source: Emirates News Agency