SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – September 21, 2023 – Wilo Group, a multinational technology company and the world’s leading supplier of pumps and pumping systems, hosted its annual industry conference in Singapore for the first time. Supported by the German Asia-Pacific Business Association and themed “Smart Urban Areas – Connecting Minds for a Multilateral World”, the conference merged Wilo Group’s expertise in smart water solutions and sustainable developments with Singapore’s role as a laboratory for urban living to catalyze collaborations that can enable smart, connected and sustainable cities across Asia. Alongside the conference, Enterprise Singapore hosted a B2B matchmaking session as part of its Germany Singapore Business Forum (GSBF) Connect initiative.
Urban areas are expected to be home to around 70% of the world’s population by 2050, especially as countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam rapidly urbanize. Given the region’s high exposure to climate risks, it is crucial that countries implement the resilient infrastructure needed to ensure reliable access to resources such as clean energy and water. The Wilo Group Industry Conference brought together sustainability leaders from government, business and academia in timely discussions focused on the role that sustainable and digital innovations play in enabling connected solutions that can improve sustainability. quality of life of communities.
“To ensure sustainable development in Southeast Asia, we need to shape resilient and environmentally friendly cities that can accommodate rapid growth while preserving the environment and improving quality of life,” said Oliver Hermes, President and CEO of Wilo Group. “This is particularly important at a time when the energy transition, water security and access to healthcare are under increased pressure due to the rapid urbanization of populations. The private and public sectors must working together to build smart, connected and sustainable cities for the future.”
Clarence Hoe, Executive Director for Americas and Europe at Enterprise Singapore, said: “We are pleased to facilitate collaborations between Singapore and German companies in various areas, including urban solutions. Singaporean companies have developed relevant capabilities in sustainable infrastructure development over the years and have built “Strong experience and connections in the region, particularly in Southeast Asia. Partners like Wilo bring with them complementary networks and expertise, which opens up new opportunities to collaborate with Singapore companies to jointly develop innovative products and solutions for this region.”
“Singapore is of immense economic importance for German companies as a strategic gateway to the thriving ASEAN region,” said Daniel Marek, executive board member of the OAV – Association of German Businesses of Asia-Pacific. “Its stable political environment, business-friendly regulations and world-class infrastructure make it an ideal destination for investment and expansion. Singapore’s proximity to major Southeast Asian markets facilitates access to more than 650 million consumers. German companies are taking advantage of Singapore’s financial prowess and skilled workforce. , and advanced logistics to strengthen their regional presence. I am sure that this conference will strengthen the German footprint in the region.
The conference took place on September 21, 2023 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Singapore and featured keynote speeches from HE Dr. Norbert Riedel, Ambassador of Germany to Singapore, HE Ina Lepel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor-Leste, and Oliver Hermes, President and CEO of Wilo Group.
Global thought leaders discussed the challenges and opportunities of sustainable urban development and how technology can be harnessed for smart cities. These include Manish Pant, Executive Vice President of International Operations at Schneider Electric, Dr. Ayesha Khanna, Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, and many more. They explored the role communities play in developing a sustainable and technologically advanced city, as well as what leading organizations in the public and private spheres can and should do to drive continued innovation and progress.
Established partnership with Nusantara Capital City Authority
During the event, Wilo Group also announced a partnership with Nusantara Capital Authority. Details on the form of this partnership will be announced later.
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