Published on October 14th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair0
Hyundai’s New Singapore R&D Centre Now Under Construction
At a virtual groundbreaking ceremony, Hyundai and the Singaporean government officially showed the world that the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Centre (HMGICS) is being constructed. The facility was first announced back in April of this year, following the announcement late last year that the Korean company’s first major plant in the region would be made in Indonesia.
HMGICS will take up a 44,000 m2 plot of land in the centre of Singapore, and will eventually have a built up area of 28,000 m2 by the end of 2022. Hyundai will use HMGICS for many things, including as a home to group’s R&D experts from around the world as well as a test-site for highly-automated electric vehicle production. The Hyundai Motor Group will use the facility to experiment with new systems to increase its responsiveness to ever changing market environments.
Here’s the press release with more.
Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) celebrated the groundbreaking announcement of the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICS) with a virtual ceremony today. The center will act as an open innovation lab for the Group’s future mobility research and development, with the aim of revolutionizing the future mobility value chain.
Hyundai hosted the virtual event with the Singapore government by connecting the Namyang R&D Center in Korea and Jurong Town Hall in Singapore as a safety measure amid COVID-19 pandemic. Officials from the Korean and Singaporean governments, as well as the Group, attended the ceremony, including Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong; Korean Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Sung Yun-mo; and Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice Chairman Euisun Chung.
Through HMGICS, the Group will realize its vision for human-centered mobility value chain innovation with three strategic directions.
First, the Group will enhance the value of work and the dignity of workers through a human-centered digital transformation. HMGICS will develop innovative systems that combine advanced technologies such as AI, ICT, and big data to allow for work environment where creative potentials are fulfilled, and human value is enhanced.
Secondly, the group will build a customer-centered smart mobility environment where products are tailored to customer needs and mobility services would enrich its customers’ lives.
Lastly, the Group will contribute to the building of Singapore’s Smart Nation as a responsible industry member in the smart ecosystem. HMGICS, located in the heart of Singapore, will use eco-friendly energy sources like solar and hydrogen energy to help achieve carbon neutrality.
During an event in May 2019, Executive Vice Chairman Chung emphasized the need to bring focus back to customers and their needs. Since then, the Group has worked to establish a customer-centered approach on multiple fronts. The Group continue the approach at HMGICS in its endeavor to revolutionize future mobility value chain.
In future, customers will be able to customize and purchase vehicles online using a smartphone, which will immediately start production using Hyundai’s on-demand technology. The customers can then watch their car being manufactured at HMGICS. Once the car is ready for delivery, it will be transferred to the 620-meter-long Sky Track where customer can test drive the vehicle.
Sky Track will sit atop HMGICS’ state-of-the-art seven-story innovation lab located at the Jurong Innovation District (JID). JID enables how organizations collaborate – by bringing the various nodes of the advanced manufacturing ecosystem together, into a single district to create a one-stop advanced manufacturing hub. Masterplanned to house the full manufacturing value chain, JID is home to a vibrant ecosystem of researchers, technology and training providers, and advanced manufacturers.
The building will also feature a landing port for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) as well as solar panels providing the site with clean renewable energy. The center will gradually expand its use of renewable energy to eventually use fuel cell as a power supply to minimize emissions from power generation.
HMGICS occupies a footprint of 44,000 m2 with the building covering 28,000 m2. Construction of the site will be completed by the end of 2022. The center will also act as a test bed for a human-centered intelligent manufacturing platform with small scale EV production facility on site. The facility will utilize the latest ‘Industry 4.0’ smart technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics. The logistics and assembly lines within HMGICS will be highly automated to establish a safe and efficient work environment. The Group will also test versatile systems that produce multiple models, to respond efficiently to fast changing market environments.
Hyundai’s vision of progress for humanity also prioritizes sustainability, and the center will play a pivotal role in identifying opportunities in the mobility field. The center also will explore new business concepts, including BaaS (battery-as-a-service) in order to enhance customers’ experiences of EV ownership.
HMGICS will be home to the Group’s R&D experts from around the world, including members of the Hyundai CRADLE innovation hub and AI Research (AIR) Center. Affiliate companies such as Hyundai Mobis, Hyundai Glovis, Hyundai Autoever, Hyundai WIA, Hyundai Rotem and Hyundai Transys will also take part in HMGICS.
The collaboration will go beyond the Group and into the Singaporean innovation ecosystem. Singaporean universities, startups and research institutes, including Nanyang Technological University, Singapore – the first local academic research partner – will be able to collaborate through the open innovation lab.
Singapore’s role in the hub for open innovation
Singapore is ranked first in the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Global Competitiveness Report. The country’s competitiveness stems from its strategic location, competitive workforce, pro-business environment, and forward-looking economic policies. With a strong track record for open innovation, Singapore is an ideal location for Hyundai to test transformative ideas through HMGICS. As part of its Smart Nation initiative to drive the adoption of digital innovation across multiple industries, Singapore is actively fostering the use of digital technologies such as AI, digitalization, and smart urban mobility.