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Singapore’s Leading Upstream Energy Manufacturer OMS and A*STAR Sign MoU to Spearhead R&D For the Regional Oil and Gas Sector

  • Witnessed by Mr. Alvin Tan, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, the MoU signing took place at Singapore Expo Max Atria during the 12th Global Additive Manufacturing Summit 2023 on 29 September.
  • The collaboration looks to bolster R&D and innovation efforts across Singapore’s additive manufacturing sector, support workforce training and upskilling, application development to scale up additive manufacturing adoption, and boost competitiveness of the oil and gas sector.

SINGAPORE, Oct. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — OMS, one of Singapore’s leading manufacturers in upstream energy production, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). Both parties will explore collaboration opportunities in additive manufacturing, such as research and development activities in high value metal components and application development through integrated end-to-end additive manufacturing solutions to scale up additive manufacturing adoption. The parties will also explore qualification through standards and certification in additive manufacturing to allow OMS to achieve consistent and quality production.

The MoU signing took place at the 12th Global Additive Manufacturing Summit (GAMS) on 29 September 2023 and was witnessed by Guest-of-Honour, Mr. Alvin Tan, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ho Chaw Sing, CEO of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), and Mr. Frederick Chew, CEO, A*STAR.

Dr David Low, Executive Director of A*STAR’s SIMTech said, “A*STAR’s latest collaboration with OMS signifies a shared commitment to driving innovation in additive manufacturing, and in elevating the production standards and processes of high-value metal components. This collaboration not only aims to boost OMS’ competitiveness, but also paves the way for local manufacturers in the oil and gas sector to thrive amidst continuous sector transformation. A*STAR looks forward to pushing the boundaries of end-to-end additive manufacturing solutions with OMS, to encourage more companies in Singapore to adopt additive manufacturing.”

Dr Ho Chaw Sing, Chief Executive Officer of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster said, “This partnership is testament to the growing awareness of leading local manufacturing service businesses to future-proof their business through technology investment and workforce re-skilling, transitioning from the traditional manual welding, cladding processes and workflows to a digital and more automated workflow incorporating additive manufacturing processes.”

The collaboration will also see both OMS and SIMTech collaborating in the upskilling and training of OMS’ employees through customised training courses. This effort will contribute towards future-proofing OMS’ workforce, ensuring that they remain competitive and competent in the ever-evolving oil and gas sector.

As the leading oil refining and trading hub in Asia, Singapore is home to over 100 refining and petrochemical companies, including some of the most established international companies with major refining and petrochemical operations – with the sector contributing approximately 5% to the country’s total gross domestic product. Singapore is also the main manufacturing hub for many major international Oilfield Services and Equipment (OFSE) companies.

Being a pivotal player in the regional oil and gas industry with its extensive infrastructure and technological expertise, Singapore is well-positioned to lead the sector’s path towards a more efficient and sustainable future. Additive Manufacturing allows for faster testing of prototypes, as well as enables innovative thinking and design iterations to improve quality and reduce time to market for new parts, and explore new avenues for cutting-edge sustainable energy solutions.

“By collaborating with SIMTech, I am confident that this will not only boost our technological capabilities in additive manufacturing but enhance the competitiveness of my workforce by equipping them with essential skills, empowering us to serve our customers better. More importantly, this partnership is a testament to our commitment to drive advancements in our field”, said Mr How Meng Hock, CEO, OMS. 

About OMS

OMS Oilfield Services is a leading oilfield services and manufacturing company in the upstream energy industry. It designs, qualify, and manufactures equipment for drilling and production with expertise in precision machining, welding, inspection and testing.

Established in 1976, OMS Oilfield services has grown to span 6 countries and boasts 12 fully-equipped facilities. We are a leading oilfield services and manufacturing company in the upstream energy industry. We design, qualify, and manufacture equipment for upstream drilling and production with expertise in precision machining, welding, inspection and testing.

 We also proudly collaborate with licensed technology partners and suppliers. With a cumulative experience of 236 years, our modern infrastructure and dedicated professionals are geared towards meeting your energy needs effectively.

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About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore’s lead public sector R&D agency. Through open innovation, we collaborate with our partners in both the public and private sectors to benefit the economy and society. As a Science and Technology Organisation, A*STAR bridges the gap between academia and industry. Our research creates economic growth and jobs for Singapore, and enhances lives by improving societal outcomes in healthcare, urban living, and sustainability. A*STAR plays a key role in nurturing scientific talent and leaders for the wider research community and industry. A*STAR’s R&D activities span biomedical sciences to physical sciences and engineering, with research entities primarily located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis. For ongoing news, visit

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