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The 14th edition of AYDA continues to support and nurture design community in Asia to greater heights

 

SINGAPORE – Media
OutReach
 – 19 August 2020 – On the heels of this year’s grand finale, Nippon Paint‘s Asia Young
Designer Awards
2020/21 design competition is currently underway with a focus
on the theme, “Forward: Human-Centred
Design”.
Like previous years, finalists of the competition will have the
special opportunity of engaging with respected industry professionals to gain
valuable insight and knowledge. Two finalists will also stand a chance to walk
away with the opportunity to embark on a comprehensive, fully-funded 6-week
Design Discovery programme at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in
Massachusetts, USA.

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The theme for this year’s
competition, “Forward: Human-Centred
Design”
, focuses on the need for designers to provide practical and
socially-conscious design solutions for a globalized world. The latest edition
of the Asia Young Designer Awards (AYDA) also aims to encourage these budding
designers to broaden their imaginations by consciously designing with dwellers
and sustainability in mind, which in turn will expand their design thinking
into understanding multi-faceted social and emotional aspects.

 

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The Asia Young Designer Awards
2020/21 (AYDA) will consist of several rounds including a preliminary round
where finalists will have the opportunity to progress to the next stages and
participate in workshops and mentorships with design professionals. In efforts
of enriching the AYDA experience, Nippon Paint will also be organizing a
webinar called AYDA International XChange on 26 August, where design veterans
and young budding designers will connect to bring their knowledge and talents
together. This enforces Nippon Paint’s passion to nurture these young talents
by equipping them with real-life industry skills and knowledge. Viewers can
catch AYDA’s insightful International XChange sessions on YouTube Live at
AYDA’s YouTube Channel: Asia Young Designer Awards – AYDA.

Nippon Paint Aims to Support and Strengthen Design Industry with Upcoming Asia Young Designer Awards

 

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The webinar speakers consist of: Ar.
Jabeen Zacharias, Founder of Jabeen Zacharias Architects; Mr Lai Siew Hong,
Chief Executive Designer & Founder of Blu Water Studio; Mr Michael Pizarro,
Principal Interior Designer of Michael Pizarro Interior Design. The upcoming
session will discuss empathy and why this most sought-after skill is of
importance for the industry. Through current trying times, AYDA is able to
support the design industry in Asia by discussing forward thinking topics for
the benefit of the future generation.

 

One of the grand finale winners of
the recent Asia Young Designer Awards 2019/20, Greta Elsa Nurtjahja from Indonesia of the Interior Design Category,
recounts her experience of the competition, “Joining
the Asia Young Designer Awards not only gave me the opportunity of a lifetime
to attend Harvard University’s Design Discovery programme, but also connected
me to inspiring design heroes of mine who were generous in relaying their
knowledge and experience.
She added, “The competition strengthened my design thinking
and enhanced my capabilities. It is truly an experience I will never forget.”

 

Greta’s winning entry, “Rumah Kopi”, utilized nature as the
space in which her design was based. Inspired by a local house in Indonesia,
her project encapsulated both sustainability of materials and collaboration.

 

Lin Honghan
from China, who was the grand finale winner of the Architectural Category,
focused on integrating
traditional Chinese art forms with modern design concepts in his winning
design, “Sweet Dream in the Garden”.
He looks back fondly on his experience, “I
was very happy to have won the grand title of Asia Young Designer, but even
more so that I was able to share my work and get productive feedback from great
designers from different countries. Their advice and guidance were invaluable
to my experience in the competition.”

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With the 2020/21 competition, Nippon
Paint continues its steadfast dedication to nurture young designers while
strengthening the design community in the region. Continuing its dedication,
Nippon Paint is in the process of signing the UN Global Compact Memorandum in
efforts to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals of 2030. The Coatings
Expert has joined the ranks as one of the many giant global corporations that
have pledged to further educate AYDA partners and participants across Asia to
design in tandem with attainable sustainable goals: affordable and clean
energy; industry, innovation and infrastructure; sustainable cities and
communities; climate action.

 

Design students from across the
region are encouraged to send in their applications for the Asia Young Designer
Awards 2020/21 by visiting asiayoungdesignerawards.com to find out how.
Applicants can expect to undergo a well-rounded design competition experience
of several stages with the opportunity to represent their countries on an
international level.

 

About the Asia Young Designer Awards

The Asia Young
Designer Awards (“AYDA”) was first launched in 2008 as part of Nippon Paint’s
vision to nurture the next generation of design talents. The event serves as a
platform to inspire architectural and interior design students to develop their
skills through cross-learning opportunities and networking with key industry
players as well as fellow architectural and interior design peers in the
region.

 

AYDA has since
grown in terms of reach and stature and has now established itself as one of
Asia’s premier design award across 15 geographical locations namely Bangladesh,
Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan,
Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam with further expansion
plans in the pipeline.

 

Over the years,
AYDA has impacted thousands of young and talented student designers, presenting
them with various opportunities to engage with renowned speakers and key
figures in the design industry. Not only has the exposure enabled the
participants to gain first hand industry knowledge, personalised coaching,
mentoring and skill-building through various workshops by experienced
lecturers, they also learn from their fellow peers from across borders.

 

With that, AYDA
has established a close-knit design community comprising professional
architects, interior designers, industry associations, partners, design
schools, alumni and design students.

 

AYDA welcomes
all applications and those shortlisted will be notified. For more information,
please visit https://www.asiayoungdesignerawards.com/.

 

About NIPSEA Management Co Pte Ltd (Subsidiary of Nippon
Paint Holdings Co.)

NIPSEA was founded
by entrepreneur Mr. Goh Cheng Liang in Singapore in 1962. NIPSEA has
established its position as one of the largest coating and paint specialist in
Asia, known in the marketplace by its brand as “Nippon Paint” and is
responsible for expanding its operation and development of Nippon Paint in
Asia. It has become the best coating partner for architectural, automotive,
industrial, marine, O&G, specialised clients and millions of families
across the world. The brand is recognised for its dedication to quality,
dazzling innovation and excellent customer service.

 

With more than 98 NIPSEA companies spread throughout Asia
NIPSEA understands the local needs of its customers in every community. The
company embraces diversity and operates as a multinational corporation. NIPSEA
Group has over 22,000 employees with 82 manufacturing facilities and operations
in 18 geographical locations with its headquarters in Singapore, efficiently
serving all aspects of the business, from production to customer satisfaction.
More information about NIPSEA Group http://www.nipponpaint.com/

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Hong Kong Productivity Council Theme of the Year 2021: “Make Smart Smarter”

  • Smarter Era of Intelligent Manufacturing Launch Ceremony
  • Witnesses New Milestone for Reindustrialisation in Hong Kong


HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 26 February 2021 - The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) launches a series of activities in 2021 themed "Make Smart Smarter". The campaign with "Smarter Era of Intelligent Manufacturing Launch Ceremony" was kicked off today, revolving around the theme of "reindustrialisation".


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The "Smarter Era of Intelligent Manufacturing Launch Ceremony" was officiated together by Dr David Chung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, HKSAR Government (fourth from left); Mr Clemente Contestabile, Consul General of Italy in Hong Kong (third from right); Ms Rebecca Pun, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, HKSAR Government (second from right); Dr Daniel Yip, Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries (third from left); Mr Roberto Leone, Managing Director of NiRoTech Limited (first from right); Mr Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC (fourth from right); Mr Mohamed Butt, Executive Director of HKPC (second from left) and Mr Edmond Lai, Chief Digital Officer of HKPC (first from left).


Co-organised by the Federation of the Hong Kong Industries (FHKI), this spotlight event exhibited and introduced an excellent example of reindustrialisation whose research and development were undertaken by HKPC. Gaining support from the Innovation and Technology Bureau and funding support from the R&D Cash Rebate Scheme of the Innovation Technology Commission of the HKSAR Government, production has been successfully commenced in NiRoTech Limited (NiRoTech), a local intelligent security product manufacturer.


This smart production line, named the "OWL" intelligent production line, gives into full play the characteristics of an owl's wisdom, piercing eyes, flexible body, soft neck (360o vision) and agile movement. These perfectly echo the key features of this intelligent production line which has high flexibility, excellent agility to cater for different production needs, stringent and precise production capacity, as well as non-stop operation. Five key "S.M.A.R.T" elements: Speed, Multi-function, Accuracy, Reliability and Traceability, can be seen in this production line offering edges of intelligence and efficiency enhancement.


In order to effectively respond to Hong Kong manufacturers' demands on production space, the "OWL" production line adopts a U-shape compact layout design and incorporates the beauty of the "Industry 4.0" (i4.0) lean manufacturing "vision", significantly reducing the factory area to meet the unique land constraints of Hong Kong. NiRoTech's smart factory only occupies 10,000 square feet, saving 50% of the land. It is also equipped with 12 robots and large amount of customised intelligent automation systems and digital technologies. Compared with traditional manual production, the overall production capacity increases by 1.5 times.


Mr Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC, and Dr Daniel Yip, Chairman of FHKI, were joined by Mr Clemente Contestabile, Consul General of Italy in Hong Kong; Dr David Chung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Ms Rebecca Pun, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology; Mr Roberto Leone, Managing Director of NiRoTech; as well as Mr Mohamed Butt, Executive Director of HKPC and Mr Edmond Lai, Chief Digital Officer of HKPC, for the launch of the ceremony.


In his welcoming address, Mr Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC, said, "HKPC is committed to offering staunch support for Hong Kong SMEs in technology R&D and technical aspects, with the aim of creating value for the industrial development of enterprises with state-of-the-art technologies. The 'OWL' intelligent production line is an excellent example of applying innovative technologies that also fits perfectly with HKPC's theme of this year 'Make Smart Smarter'. As owl represents wisdom, by being smarter and using innovative technologies such as IoT, AI, big data, intelligent robots and smart production processes to unleash production opportunities of i4.0, it will certainly scale up productivity and contribute to successful reindustrialisation in Hong Kong, thus achieving the goal of 'Make Smart Smarter'".


He continued, "It is really encouraging to see this 'reindustrialisation' example witnessing the concerted efforts of the Government, industries, business chambers and HKPC to promote reindustrialisation in Hong Kong! HKPC sincerely urges various sectors to work together to accelerate reindustrialisation for the swift recovery of Hong Kong economy and to ensure the "Made-in-Hong Kong" brand to continue to shine bright in the international arena -- Make Smart Smarter".


Dr David Chung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, said, "the Government has been actively promoting 'reindustrialisation' in recent years by providing support in infrastructure, finance, technology and talents in order to create new area of growth and great job opportunities which would help alleviate Hong Kong's competitiveness. I wish to see more enterprises 'Make Smart Smarter', and make good use of these opportunities provided by I&T, as well as the support from the Government, to work and contribute together in turning Hong Kong into an international I&T hub".


Dr Daniel Yip, Chairman of FHKI said, "This collaboration of HKPC and NiRoTech serves as a valuable reference for industrialists on how to integrate i4.0 into production lines to enhance efficiency, elevating their confidence to set up high value-added manufacturing facilities in Hong Kong. With comprehensive policy support and HKPC's professional consultative service, FHKI believes that more Hong Kong manufacturers will join the force of 'reindustrialisation' by pursuing technological advancement and setting up smart manufacturing plants locally, taking the Hong Kong industries into a new era".


The "OWL" intelligent production line integrates the smart adoption of advanced robots with machine vision, smart electrical and mechanical devices, laser processing and sensor technologies. Also, by incorporating AI, IoT, human machine interface, real-time data collection and data analytic technologies, it ensures the full automation and digitalisation of production, assembly and monitoring to achieve big data analytics. Apart from three technologies whose patents are soon to be applied, the project also assists NiRoTech's business planning in exploring the emerging markets and grasping new opportunities.


Mr Roberto Leone, Managing Director of NiRoTech, said, "Mechatronic Manufacturing in Hong Kong: our strategy was clear from the start when we sought HKPC's assistance for help to realise intelligent production. For some, this goal was still immature and very difficult to achieve, especially with Hong Kong being chosen as our operation hub. Today we can proudly say we have achieved it with the system in Hong Kong operating satisfactorily as schedule. Despite there are challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic was affecting all in 2020, the result is now vividly in front of us, and we can touch it. Yet this is only the first step of a long journey".


For more details about "Make Smart Smarter", please visit the dedicated website: https://smarter.hkpc.org/en/index.html


About Hong Kong Productivity Council

The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) is a multi-disciplinary organisation established by statute in 1967, to promote productivity excellence through integrated advanced technologies and innovative service offerings to support Hong Kong enterprises. HKPC is the champion and expert in facilitating Hong Kong's reindustrialisation empowered by i4.0 and e4.0 -- focusing on R&D, IoT, big data analytics, AI and Robotic technology development, digital manufacturing, etc., to help enterprises and industries upgrade their business performance, lower operating costs, increase productivity and enhance competitiveness.


The Council is a trusted partner with comprehensive innovative solutions for Hong Kong industries and enterprises, enabling them to achieve resources and productivity utilisation, effectiveness and cost reduction, and enhanced competitiveness in both local and international marketplace. It offers SMEs and startups immediate and timely assistance in coping with the ever-changing business environment, accompanying them on their innovation and transformation journey.


In addition, HKPC partners and collaborates with local industries and enterprises to develop applied technology solutions for value creation. It also benefits a variety of sectors through product innovation and technology transfer, with commercialisation of multiple market-driven patents and technologies, bringing enormous opportunities abound for licensing and technology transfer, both locally and internationally.

For more information, please visit HKPC's website: www.hkpc.org.


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