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Advanced Manufacturing Trade Mission
October 17-21, 2022 - Join this executive-led business development mission promoting U.S. manufacturing solutions firms exporting to Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan.

Advanced Manufacturing Mission to Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan

Advanced Manufacturing Business Development Mission to Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan
October 17-21, 2022

The Advanced Manufacturing Business Development Mission will assist U.S. producers of advanced manufacturing products and systems to identify export opportunities in Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan. The mission will visit Jakarta, Indonesia; Batam, Indonesia; and Singapore, along with an optional stop in Tokyo, Japan. These markets present excellent opportunities for U.S. companies because of their strength and projected growth in advanced manufacturing, and their strategic location in the Asia Pacific region.

The mission will focus on advanced manufacturing—sometimes called “Smart Manufacturing” or “Industry 4.0” —products and systems. These products and systems increase productivity and quality, reduce energy use, and enable manufacturers to better monitor and interact with their supply chains, which are all essential to promoting manufacturing resiliency and clean technology adoption.

The mission will include group interaction with government agencies and industry experts; promotional opportunities at the Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific (ITAP) trade show; and customized one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential agents, distributors, partners, and buyers.

Join the free webinar on May 18th at 8:00 pm ET to learn more: Advanced Manufacturing Trends & Opportunities in Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan.

This mission was developed as part of the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) grant awarded to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), which looks to expand U.S. exports of advanced manufacturing solutions through greater participation in relevant technical standards development and greater collaboration with business leaders.

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Advanced Manufacturing Mission to Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan

Why You Should Join

Participating firms will be able to:

  • Gain market insights
  • Make industry contacts
  • Meet with government agencies
  • Solidify business strategies
  • Advance specific projects
  • Identify and meet potential partners and buyers
  • Participate in one of Asia’s leading trade shows for industrial technology

In Indonesia, participating firms will get the opportunity to meet key stakeholders from the seven priority sectors identified for Indonesia’s Industry 4.0; attend networking events with pre-screened potential partners and relevant stakeholders; and tour manufacturing facilities to identify first-hand opportunities to apply advanced manufacturing solutions.

In Singapore, the firms will participate in one of Asia’s leading Industry 4.0 trade shows - Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific (ITAP), a Hannover Messe Event. For a separate fee, booth packages will be available for those interested in exhibiting.  

For an additional fee, firms can receive ITA’s Gold Key Service in Japan, where participants would attend customized one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors, and/or joint venture partners, and attend the final day of the annual CEATEC trade show.

How to Apply

Please apply now - limited spaces available. The deadline for applications is June 26, 2022.

Applying is indication of your interest to participate in the mission.  No fees are due at the time of registering your intent to join the mission. Once you are invited to join the mission payment of mission fees and the signature of the participation agreement is then due in order to participate in the mission.

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Targeted Sectors

Advanced manufacturing—sometimes referred to as “Smart Manufacturing” or “Industry 4.0— products and systems increase productivity and quality, reduce energy use, and enable manufacturers to better monitor and interact with their supply chains, all of which are essential to improving manufacturing resiliency. Targeted subsectors include:

•    Industrial machinery
•    Electrical components
•    Industrial automation technology
•    Industrial controls and process controls
•    Industrial robot technologies
•    Industrial robot technologies
•    Sensors and metrology software and equipment
•    Human machine interfaces (HMIs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
•    Automation and robotics software solutions and engineering services

Mission Schedule

Market Brief: Indonesia

Approximately 19 percent of Indonesia’s GDP and 40.2 percent of its total investment value can be attributed to its manufacturing sector. A report by McKinsey estimated that digitalization in Indonesia’s manufacturing sector could add an additional $34 billion to its economic output by 2025. The government is committed to developing a conducive business environment and has issued several incentives, such as Government Regulation No 78/2019 on tax allowance. Further, Industry 4.0 is listed as a major project in the country’s National Medium-Term Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024 with an estimated funding need of IDR 245.8T (~USD 17.6 Billion).  

In 2018, the Indonesian Government launched the “Making Indonesia 4.0” initiative with the ambition of utilizing advanced technologies to improve the performance and productivity in manufacturing. To date, notable milestones include: 

  • Seven priority sectors identified: Food and beverage, textile and apparel, electronics, automotive, chemicals, pharmaceutical, and medical equipment. These sectors contribute to approximately 70 percent of industrial GDP, 65 percent of industrial exports, and 60 percent of the workforce for Indonesia’s manufacturing sector. 
  • Two manufacturers are part of WEF Global Lighthouse Network: The World Economic Forum (WEF) has recognized two Indonesian manufacturing companies: PT. Schneider Electric Manufacturing Batam (SEMB) and PT. Petrosea Tbk, as part of their Global Lighthouse Network.
  • Three manufacturers identified as National Lighthouse: The Indonesian Ministry of Industry has identified three local manufactures: PT. Akebono Brake Astra Indonesia, PT. Pupuk Kalimantan Timur, and PT. Indolakto-Purwosari as part of its National Lighthouse Industry 4.0 initiative. These firms act as role models in digital transformation and advanced technology applications in the country. 

The Indonesia Ministry of Industry also launched the Indonesia Digital Innovation and Capability Center (PIDI 4.0), which was developed in collaboration with McKinsey. The center has five core functions: 

  1. 1.    Showcase Center: To observe the implementation and process of Industry 4.0 transformation in real time.
    2.    Capability Center: To develop the necessary capacity and technical skills required for Industry 4.0, from executive to operators in the field. The target is to upskill approximately 400,000 members of the labor force or 4,000 firms. 
    3.    Ecosystem for Industry 4.0:
    To build a network of Industry 4.0 stakeholders to stimulate skill and knowledge transfer. The target is to have 100-200 organizations or stakeholders join within the next 5 years. 
    4.    Delivery Center: To assist companies in their Industry 4.0 transformation journey, from assessment to implementation and development (scale up). This includes field services, forum, or do-it-yourself (DIY) portals.  
  2. Innovation Center: To facilitate research and development between private sector stakeholders and research institutions and provide a test bed for new technologies applications. 

Market Brief: Singapore

Singapore has not only built a strong and diverse manufacturing base but is the regional hub for various industry sectors such as aerospace, electronics, biomedical sciences, and precision engineering. The Singaporean government has indicated that they plan to increase the manufacturing contribution to GDP to more than 25 percent over the next 10-15 years as part of Industry 4.0 adoption. Singapore has progressed from labor intensive industries 50 years ago to technology intensive industries now, including robotics, additive manufacturing, predictive analytics, and artificial intelligence. Skilled manpower and partnerships between industry players are therefore important aspects and, as such, the country is among the top five exporters of high-tech products globally. Based on recent industry reports, Singapore’s manufacturing sector grew 13 percent from January 2021 to November 2021, compared to the same period a year ago. Semiconductors and related industries have been strong drivers of growth. Electronics expanded by 10.2 percent year-on-year in November, while precision engineering accounted for 13.7 percent.  
In Singapore, the Precision Engineering Industry Digital Plan was launched at the 2021 Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific (ITAP) show as part of the Singapore Government’s SMEs Go Digital Initiative. The fifth edition of ITAP will be held from October 18-20, 2022 at the Singapore Expo. 

Market Brief: Japan

Japan is the world’s third largest manufacturing economy and home to some of the world’s leading manufacturing enterprises. In 2020, bilateral U.S.-Japan trade in goods and services was worth $253 billion. After China, Japan has the second highest number of existing industrial robots in operation, about 355,000 units in 2019, or 1 robot for every 190 workers. By comparison, the United States has a smaller industrial robot market with about 300,000 units, or 1 robot for every 490 workers.  
Capital investments to upgrade manufacturing facilities, including incorporating advanced manufacturing technologies, were growing steadily before the Covid crisis. The Japanese industrial machinery market is expected to continue to grow. However, Japanese machinery manufacturers are approaching capacity, which presents an opportunity for U.S. suppliers. There are also opportunities for U.S. companies that offer digital technologies for industrial machinery since digitalization is important to the future of manufacturing in Japan.  
In addition, Japanese customers urgently need advanced manufacturing technologies to address acute workforce shortages in Japan. According to the OECD, Japan has the world’s “oldest” population. Japan’s population has declined by more than two million in the past 10 years. By 2065, the country’s workforce will decrease by 40 percent. Advanced manufacturing technologies increase productivity at manufacturing sites, consume less energy, and lead to fewer product defects.  
To maximize success in the Japanese market, U.S. firms should partner with local agents or distributors with deep industry knowledge and sales networks to market their products to end-users in Japan. This optional stop of the advanced manufacturing business development mission to Indonesia and Singapore is an opportunity for U.S. exporters in the relevant field to connect with strategic partners. It will coincide with the final day of the annual CEATEC trade show (often dubbed the “CES” of Asia given its size and prominence), scheduled for October 18-21, 2022 in Tokyo. 

Fees & Expenses

Expenses for travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant.

State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grants may be available for your state.  Learn about STEP Grants.

*For purposes of assessing participation fees, an applicant is a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) if it qualifies under the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) size standards, which vary by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code.  The SBA Size Standards Tool can help you determine the qualifications that apply to your company. 

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Eve Lerman
Sr. International Trade Specialist
Phone: 248-975-9605
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Dusan Marinkovic
Sr. International Trade Specialist 
Phone: 317-294-0288
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