HKSTP: advanced manufacturing for multi-industry facility
In support of its development of Asia’s first multi-industry advanced manufacturing facility, integrated with automated and smart logistics solutions, has awarded a 10-year exclusive logistics services contract to .
"We are very excited to partner with HKSTP on the AMC, which integrates innovative manufacturing and logistics under one roof. Going beyond just an automated logistics center, the AMC houses tenants from diffuse industries to promote R&D and production activities. The multi-purpose use of this building not only forges a stronger partnership between manufacturers and brand owners through a more agile and collaborative supply chain, but also advances industrial transformation from the ground up,” commented Christopher Pollard, CEO of DB Schenker Greater China.
All you need to know about HKSTP’s Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC)
Located in the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate, HKSTP’s Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC) is expected to be complete by 2022.
The facility has been designed to support high value added, and on-demand manufacturing in Hong Kong.
By harnessing DB Schenker’s logistics expertise and processes, the facility with ‘smart production’ at its core, aims to create a fully serviced production base, streamlining operations from manufacturing through to testing and end-to-end supply chain management in one location.
As the facilities exclusive logistics partner, DB Schenker will offer a complete spectrum of supply chain management and value added services across multiple industries.
It is said that the AMC will be a key driver for Hong Kong to achieve its vision of re-industrialisation, by provide innovators access to ‘world-class process excellence’ to drive innovation, design and the manufacturing of products.
“Our partnership with DB Schenker on the AMC, is a significant milestone and a testament to the positive progress in realizing Hong Kong’s re-industrialisation vision. The AMC combines best-in-class logistics with the latest advanced manufacturing technology to turn the “Made in Hong Kong” brand into ready-to-scale, ready-to-distribute, ready-for-market products, at rapid speed,” added Albert Wong, CEO at HKSTP.
Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers
With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.
While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.
“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.
“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”
Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.
“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.
Technology and People
While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.
“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.
Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.