Singapore university inks accord with leading Thai resin supplier to develop automotive 3D-printing materials

Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has built up its expertise in 3D printing in recent years, partnering  with industry leaders to develop technologies in key sectors such as aerospace and defence, where it is finding more reliable ways of 3D printing aerospace components and is developing lightweight UAVs with embedded electronics.

NTU and PTTGC will collaborate to develop advanced 3-D printing materials for the next-generation automotive industry. (From left) Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research), Prasert Bunsumpun, PTTGC Chairman and Supattanapong Punmeechaow, PTTGC President & Chief Executive Officer.

In healthcare, the university is coming up with new methods of 3D printing human tissue and medical implants, while in the marine and offshore industry it aims to develop 3D printing solutions to make it easier and cheaper to repair components of ships and rigs. The university is also looking to boost productivity in the building and construction sector, where it wants to find new ways to 3D print customized concrete structures for buildings.

NTU and PTT Global Chemical Public Company Ltd. (PTTGC; Bangkok) now aim to jointly develop new materials that could be used to 3D print vehicle components to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, fostering sustainable growth. To this end, the two partners recently signed a memorandum of understanding in Bangkok, Thailand.

NTU’s signatory, Professor Lam Khin Yong, Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research), said, “These partnership is very timely, especially when many countries are developing advanced manufacturing technologies to make more complex components, yet with a greener carbon footprint. With the combined expertise of NTU in translational research and innovation, and the industrial application experience of PTTGC, I am sure that together we will be able to achieve new technological innovations and scientific breakthroughs.” Professor Chua Chee Kai, Executive Director of NTU’s Singapore Centre for 3D Printing, is also one of the most cited scientists in the world for 3D printing.

Signing on behalf of PTTGC, Supattanapong Punmeechaow, President & Chief Executive Officer, said, “Our company is leveraging its research and development competencies as one strategic arm for growth and sustainability. Thus, we collaborate with both domestic and international external partners to attain timely commercialization. Under the current Thailand 4.0 Policy, Thailand is moving towards an innovation-driven economy. Both PTTGC and NTU Singapore have mutual interests and complementary strengths, creating synergy for faster innovation.”

PTTGC is Thailand's largest petrochemical and refining company. With eight main business lines, it focuses on investing into the expansion of specialties chemical products and green chemicals.

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