SMF and JPC Step up Strategic Partnership to Lift Productivity in Firms (2014)

Amid Singapore’s economic restructuring, firms are grappling with challenges to lift productivity and upgrade their capabilities. With the vision to help such companies achieve productivity gains, Singapore Innovation and Productivity Institute (SiPi), a Centre of Excellence under Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF), inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 30 October 2014 with the Japan Productivity Centre (JPC).

This MOU marks the first steps towards forging strong collaboration between SiPi and JPC to bring forth new initiatives and programmes, which will help improve productivity in Singapore companies and present new business opportunities for Japanese firms. The collaboration has also garnered the support of SPRING Singapore.

Dr. Michael Teng, SMF Assistant Secretary-General and Director of SiPi, and, Mr. Kazuteru Kuroda, JPC Head of Global Management Centre, were the signatories of the MOU.  SMF President Mr. Douglas Foo, Asian Productivity Organisation (APO) Secretary-General Mr. Mari Amano, and SPRING Singapore Assistant Chief Executive Ms. Chew Mok Lee, were present as witnesses to this moment.

The MOU serves as an excellent platform for SiPi and JPC to provide productivity programmes to the Singapore SMEs community.

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The MOU was inked between Dr. Michael Teng (seated right), SMF Assistant Secretary-General and Director of SiPi, and Mr. Kazuteru Kuroda, JPC Head of Global Management Centre. Witnesses of this significant moment were (left – right): Mr. Douglas Foo, President of SMF; Ms. Chew Mok Lee, SPRING Singapore Assistant Chief Executive; Mr. Mari Amano, APO Secretary-General

One of such programmes is the Productivity Masterclass Programme for the senior management and business leaders in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The programme involves a three-phased “learn-observe-apply” approach, allowing SMEs greater access to Japanese productivity tools. Besides the conventional classroom coaching, the programme also takes the learning outside the textbook, and even out of the country. The Masterclass Programme includes a mission trip to Japan, which will be planned by JPC, for the participants to observe and learn productivity best practices in Japanese firms. The participants will then adopt these practices and contextualise to the Singapore business environment, before integrating them within organisations.

One of such programmes is the Productivity Masterclass Programme for the senior management and business leaders in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The programme involves a three-phased “learn-observe-apply” approach, allowing SMEs greater access to Japanese productivity tools. Besides the conventional classroom coaching, the programme also takes the learning outside the textbook, and even out of the country. The Masterclass Programme includes a mission trip to Japan, which will be planned by JPC, for the participants to observe and learn productivity best practices in Japanese firms. The participants will then adopt these practices and contextualise to the Singapore business environment, before integrating them within organisations.

“The Singapore Innovation and Productivity Institute (SiPi), supported by SPRING, plays an important role as the productivity centre for manufacturing and engineering services, reaching out to more than 400 companies in the past 2 years, and assisting 50 companies with productivity improvement projects. The collaboration between SiPi and the JPC will strengthen our SMEs’ capabilities and provide greater access to overseas productivity expertise and best practices,” said SPRING Singapore Assistant Chief Executive Ms. Chew Mok Lee.

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SMF was honoured to have APO Secretary-General as witness to the signing of the MOU