Published on 30 August 2013
Singapore, August 30, 2013 – Companies enabling excellence in manufacturing performance in Asia through the provision of industrial technology solutions and services were celebrated last night in front of a 200-strong audience at the Asian Manufacturing Awards 2013 gala dinner and awards ceremony, organised by Contineo Media and held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore.
"As countries in the region evolve away from low-skill, low-cost production, it is the ability to implement high technology systems and run effective and intelligent operations that will increasingly be the determinants of manufacturing success through the rest of this decade," said Contineo Media CEO Raymond Wong in his keynote address.
"And it is companies such as the ones represented and recognised here tonight that regional manufacturers are relying on in order to ramp up productivity, boost quality, increase service levels, meet stringent regulatory requirements, and help become environmentally responsible members of their communities," he added.
Prominent among the winners was Emerson Process Management, recipient of three of the 39 awards given out during the evening. It captured Best Industrial Wireless Provider, Best Process Instrumentation Provider, and Best Fieldbus Infrastructure Provider.
While Emerson Process Management, Schaefer Systems International, Siemens, Mitsubishi Electric, National Instruments were among companies were being honoured for the second time, there were also a number of first-time recipients, including Universal Robots, ifm electronic, Pilz, Infor, Intergraph, Delcam and MHE-Demag.
Winners in the Logistics & Supply Chain segment included Agility for Best 3PL Provider, DHL Express for Best Express Logistics Provider, and Schaefer Systems International for both the Best Warehouse Management Systems Provider and Best Storage Systems Provider awards. For the Food & Beverage Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing categories, award winners included Tate & Lyle, Krones, Payne, and Multivac.
The final prize of the evening, the Editor's Choice Award for Best Technology Innovation, went to Rockwell Automation for its recently launched PowerFlex 525 AC Drive, a compact variable speed drive, primarily targeting the mid-range market segment of machinery builders, many of whom are located in Asia.
"This is a case of innovation not just for the sake of innovation but with a clear focus on what would what make a real difference for machine builders and their customers. For instance, a removable control module allows drive installation and configuration to be carried out in parallel thus realizing valuable time savings for users," said Bob Gill, Editor-in-Chief, Contineo Media.
Gill added that the PowerFlex 525 drive was developed for the global market at Rockwell Automation's Asia Pacific Business Centre in Singapore. "This exemplifies how the region is evolving to becoming an important R&D hub for major suppliers to the manufacturing industry."
Contineo Media CEO Raymond Wong noted that the Asia Manufacturing Awards event is rapidly becoming an annual highlight for technology and service providers to Asia's manufacturing industries.
Best Robotics Provider – Universal Robots
Best Machine Vision Provider – ifm electronic
Best Servo Drive/Motor Provider - Fuji Electric Asia Pacific
Best Embedded Systems Provider - National Instruments
Best Variable Speed Drive Provider - Mitsubishi Electric Asia
Best Machine Safety Systems Provider - Pilz
Best Programmable Control Systems Provider - Siemens
Best Industrial Wireless Provider - Emerson Process Management
Best Industrial Network Provider - Moxa
Best Fieldbus Infrastructure Provider - Emerson Process Management
Best Process Safety Systems Provider - Siemens
Best Process Instrumentation Provider - Emerson Process Management
Best Process Control Systems Provider - Honeywell
Best CAD Systems Provider - Siemens PLM Software
Best CAM Systems Provider - Delcam
Best Plant Design Software Provider - Intergraph Process, Power & Marine
Best ERP Systems Provider - Infor
Best PLM Systems Provider - Siemens PLM Software
Best Supply Chain Software Provider - JDA Software
Best Lift Truck Provider - MHE-Demag
Best Storage Systems Provider - Schaefer Systems International
Best Bar Code Technology Provider - Intermec Technologies
Best RFID Technology - HID Global
Best Warehouse Management Systems Provider - KEYfields
Best Cold Chain Logistics Provider - APL
Best Warehouse Automation Provider - Schaefer Systems International
Best Express Logistics Provider - DHL Express
Best Third Party Logistics (3PL) Provider - Agility
Innovative Food/Beverage Ingredient - Tate & Lyle
Best Food/Beverage Processing Equipment Provider - Krones
Innovative Food/Beverage Packaging Design - Payne
Innovative Food/Beverage Packaging Machinery - Visy Packaging (Thailand)
Best in Food/Beverage Safety & Testing - Konica Minolta
Best Pharma Production Technology Provider - Powder Systems
Best Pharma Clinical Trials Service Provider - Clinical Investigation Centre (University of Malaya)
Best Pharma Packaging Solutions Provider - Multivac
Best Energy Management Technology – AspenTech
Best Solutions for Sustainability – Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
Best Technology Innovation – Rockwell Automation
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