Singapore, 10 April 2012 – ST Kinetics and Singapore’s Republic Polytechnic (RP) today launched
the Advanced Composite Engineering Lab (ACEL), a laboratory specialising in composite material
science research and production, and possibly a first in Southeast Asia specialising in natural fibre
Kick-started by a S$3m investment from ST Kinetics, ACEL will house specially customised
equipment and facilities for the advancement of composite material research. Located in RP, ACEL
will be dedicated to the research and production of composite materials that incorporate natural fibre,
such as silk, as a component material.
ACEL’s opening will have both RP and ST Kinetics’ researchers working together to research and
develop novel composite fabrics for high performance applications in the aerospace, marine,
automobile, textiles and sports industries. The outcome of the research pioneered at ACEL would
find its way into a wide range of industrial applications. Key materials in the research include
silkworm silk, naturally-harvested and regenerated spider silk, and even Graphene, a material that is
currently under intense global research.
Under the guidance of experienced researchers from the industry, RP students will be involved in the
hands-on development of cutting edge technologies that facilitate the fabrication and production of
composite materials. They will also benefit from an internship of at least six months with ST Kinetics,
providing them with opportunities to learn from the industry.
During the launch, ST Kinetics also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with A*STAR’s
Institute of Materials Research and Engineering. The MOU formalises both parties’ intent to
undertake research and development collaboration activities in the area of Functional Silk
Technology, an innovation from A*STAR that can enhance the functional properties of the silk from
silkworms, one of the key materials in the research conducted at ACEL.
“The Advanced Composite Engineering Lab breaks new ground for the research and production of advanced composite materials in Singapore. The collaboration with ST Kinetics is an exciting opportunity for Republic Polytechnic to play a role in enhancing innovation and developing new technologies, as well as allow our final year students the opportunity to create composite material products needed in today’s market. This launch is particularly significant as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary in 2012.”
YEO Li Pheow, Principal / CEO, Republic Polytechnic
“ST Kinetics is proud to collaborate with Republic Polytechnic in the development of the Advanced Composite Engineering Laboratory. The launch of ACEL today marks our commitment to develop advanced materials to continually build innovative products and solutions for our customers worldwide.”
SEW Chee Jhuen, President, ST Kinetics
ST Kinetics (Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd) is the land systems and specialty vehicles arm of
ST Engineering. It delivers integrated land systems, specialty vehicles and their related through life
support for defence, homeland security and commercial applications.
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) recently announced that its electronics sector, Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics), has secured new contracts worth about $100m in 1Q2012. These wins included contracts for rail electronics solutions and satellite communications (satcom) systems.
ST Engineering is traded on the Singapore Exchange under the ticker symbol SGX.