Chinatown, Singapore

Today’s signage of a Memorandum of Understanding between TU Braunschweig and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and the launch of the Model Factory @ SIMTech marks the beginning of ISUrF-Hub. Together with its partners the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF) and  SIMTech the project seeks to  establish a research group on Industrial Symbiosis and Urban Factories in Singapore.


About ISUrF-Hub
Industrial Symbiosis and Urban Factories Hub – Establishment of a research group in Singapore

Cities and urban regions are the centre of civilization. According to calculations by the United Nations, more than half of humanity already lives in cities today. By 2050, more than 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas. At the same time, the world’s population will have risen to almost 10 billion by then. In cities knowledge, innovation and value creation are concentrated. The challenges of sustainable development are also concentrated here.

The urban environment is already the most important location for value creation. However, factories and production in urban areas are often associated with negative impacts. Nowadays however, technical developments can reduce emissions. Urban production can generate positive impulses for their environment and form the foundation for new business models. There is a high need for research into sustainable urban production worldwide. This project will establish a joint research presence in Singapore. Innovative technologies are integrated and the active exchange between industry, research and politics is established. Singapore is predestined for this because a rapidly developing economy comes together with the limitations of a city state. This enables innovative technologies and methods for urban production to be implemented and new ones to be developed.

The structure of the research presence provides five fields of action. The foundation for scientific exchange is laid on the basis of the establishment of an organisational structure forthe research presence. Knowledge transfer involves the involvement of scientists in research projects in Singapore for longer periods of time, thus ensuring an exchange of knowledge at a scientific level. Based on this, the research presence will enable the connection of existing projects, whereby the knowledge gained from these projects will be strengthened by new application possibilities and partners. The research presence will then serve as the basis for new projects. Within the scope of the project, a joint research and teaching environment on the subject of industrial symbiosis, sustainable production and urban factories will be set up in the form of the „Industrial Symbiosis and Urban Factories Hub“. In a first step, the already existing learning factory at TU Braunschweig ( will be digitally connected to the research and transfer environment Manufacturing Control Tower in Singapore.

Project partners
Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), A*STAR
– Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Fertigungstechnik (IWF), TU Braunschweig
– Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (ISU), TU Braunschweig

Funded by
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)