Sixteen companies were conferred the SMF Awards 2016 at the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF)’s 84th Anniversary Dinner that was held at The Ritz Carlton.
Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade & Industry (Industry) graced the event which was attended by 800 guests, comprising key executives of MNCs and SMEs, business leaders, ambassadors, overseas and local trade association leaders.
Mr Douglas Foo, SMF President said, “The SMF Awards provide a platform to showcase companies, big and small, that inspire others with their exemplary leadership and business acumen. Such attributes are vital in today’s disruptive and volatile market conditions. We can take a leaf from them on how their businesses are able to adapt and thrive in spite of their challenges. The award winners serve as a beacon for the rest of the manufacturing community, inspiring other companies towards transformational growth, and promoting the sharing of best practices within the community”.
This year, SMF introduced a new Award category – Collaborative Partnership Award – which aims to recognise industry leaders that have undergone capability and capacity advancement through the close partnerships forged with their supply chain companies. The Distinguished Winner of the SMF Collaborative Partnership Award went to Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. Other winners in this category are Johnson & Johnson Pte Ltd, Lim Kee Food Manufacturing Pte Ltd, Singapore Telecommunications Limited and Waters Pacific Pte Ltd.
Mr Douglas Foo also announced the recipient of the inaugural SMF President’s Medal - the late Dr Moh Chong Tau. The SMF President’s Medal was presented in recognition of Dr Moh’s outstanding contributions to SMF and the manufacturing industry.
During the dinner, Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade & Industry (Industry) affirmed SMF as a valuable partner to the Government in four key areas: productivity upgrading, manpower, internationlisation and standards developments. He said, “The SMF is a good example of a pro-active TAC that has worked with the Government to upgrade the capabilities of its member companies. I look forward to continuing the partnership with SMF championing initiatives to strengthen the competitiveness of your members, under the guidance of the incoming Council.”
Minister Iswaran's full speech may be found here.
Minister S Iswaran (middle) with SMF President and winners of the Sustainable Growth Award