MD’s Message

Message from Managing Director, Mr David Wong,
SMC Corporation (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

I trust this message finds you in good health and unwavering resilience. Reflecting on the year 2023, it was characterized by the recovery phase from the Post Covid-19 pandemic, introducing unforeseen challenges and disruptions to the supply chain, compounded by a global economic slowdown.

As we embark on the journey into 2024, the global economic landscape continues to grapple with uncertainties stemming from global inflation, geopolitical conflicts, escalating energy and food costs, and concerns about job displacement. Despite these formidable challenges, there exist pockets of opportunities for exploration and strategic capitalization.

The paradigm shift towards Industry 5.0, integrating technologies such as IoT, AI, 5G, and big data analytics, is propelling the demand for industrial automation. Recognizing the imperative to enhance efficiency, optimize production, and maintain competitiveness, manufacturers are increasingly adopting industrial automation technologies.

Addressing challenges such as high labour costs and workforce shortages, the manufacturing sector is embracing industrial automation to further streamline operations, reduce labour dependency, and elevate productivity.

Advancements in robotics, digitalization, 5G, and generative AI are unlocking unprecedented opportunities in industrial automation. Collaborative robots (Cobots) are gaining prominence, facilitating safe human-robot collaboration. Energy efficiency takes center stage, and SMC is well-positioned to provide solutions such as the 4 Bar-concept and SMC Air Management System as well as its Digital Architecture, optimizing air consumption and digitalization of processes to meet ecological goals.

Aligning corporate values with sustainability goals and maintaining a robust Business Continuity Plan (BCP) remain pivotal differentiators for SMC. A commitment to one-stop-shop customer service & support, supplier collaboration, and resilient supply chain management remains at the forefront of SMC’s priorities.

SMC Corporation has diligently established robust business continuity plans, strategically minimized disruptions, and ensured a resilient product stock supply. The formation of the SMC GRC (Governance, Risk, and Compliance) team enhances communication and information sharing, fortifying our ability to anticipate potential disruptions and safeguard our operations.

In conclusion, while this year has presented its share of challenges, we remain resilient and optimistic. On behalf of SMC, I extend heartfelt wishes for the safety, health, and positivity of all our stakeholders. Let us remain resilient and focused as we strive for even more successful years ahead.

Updated in April 2024

About SMC Corporation Middle East FZE

SMC Corporation Middle East FZE is the United Arab Emirates subsidiary of SMC Corporation, the world’s largest pneumatic automation products manufacturer which was established in Japan and now has more than 50 years of experience. In 2014, SMC Corporation Middle East FZE is established affirming our leading role in pneumatics control equipment & devices as well bringing best services to customers.

While the subsidiary mainly assembles knockdown cylinders, SMC United Arab Emirates also offers a wide range of high quality advanced industrial pneumatic system technology products to meet applications in a myriad of sectors and fields of the market such as semiconductor, automotive, medical, and petrochemical, just to name a few. Products offered here range from actuators like electric actuator, pneumatic actuator and etc, to valves like solenoid valve, pneumatic valve and 2 port valve; from thermo equipment like refrigerated thermo chiller and temperature control equipment, to a variety of electrostatic removal, air dryer and process gas equipment .

Striving to maintain high standards not only in products but also in customer service, SMC United Arab Emirates is equipped with a well-stocked warehouse ensures quick delivery, as well as maintaining high levels of technical services and solid communication network to consistently meet the needs and expectations of our customers.