The Linde Group announced the launch of its Asia Pacific Digitalization Hub, a strategic initiative to rapidly identify, develop and trial emergent digital technologies for industrial applications in the region and beyond. In partnership with Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Linde will invest over $23 million in the Hub, which will expand the company’s digital capabilities and further extend its lead in the digital transformation of the gases and engineering industries, improving safety and process efficiency, and delivering better value to its customers.
At the Asia Pacific Digitalization Hub, Linde Digitalization teams will work alongside engineers and lines of business on projects and technology trials across the region. Though the Hub will be decentralized to better take advantage of the diversity and opportunities around Asia Pacific, Singapore will serve as a nexus for the Hub.
Prof. Dr. Aldo Belloni, Chief Executive Officer at Linde AG, said, “Linde has had a long and proven history of innovation and technological excellence that continues to this day. Digitalization is central to our global strategy for growth and provides opportunities for Linde to differentiate by delivering better solutions and convenience for our customers. The Asia Pacific Digitalisation Hub builds on the successful Digital Accelerator at our Munich headquarters, and is an affirmation of our continued commitment to innovation.”
Mr. Sanjiv Lamba, Member of the Executive Board, Linde AG, and Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific, said, “Asia Pacific is Linde’s fastest growing market, and the region is especially open to new technologies and innovative gases applications. The Asia Pacific Digitalisation Hub will capitalize on the tremendous innovation coming out of the region, allowing Linde to extend its lead in digitalizing the gases business. With its forward-thinking approach and openness to innovation, Singapore is a natural choice of partner for Linde.”
Philipp Karmires, Head of Digitalization, Linde AG, said, “With the rapid pace of technological advancement and close to infinite computing power, organizations need to continuously reconfigure to deliver digital innovation at ever increasing speeds. By leveraging its massive data pool Linde has already implemented numerous digital innovations, like machine learning to forecast customer demands, augmented reality (AR) to help customers visualize application technology deployments, and virtual reality (VR) simulators for training and remote support.”
Speaking at the launch of the Asia Pacific Digitalization Hub, Dr. Beh Swan Gin, Chairman, EDB, said, “Singapore is pleased to house Linde’s first digitalization hub outside of Germany. With our vibrant tech community and capabilities in data analytics and Industry 4.0, we look forward to partnering Linde to develop advanced digital solutions and further enhance the competitiveness of its operations in Singapore.”
In Asia Pacific, Linde has already established Remote Operations Centers in Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur that combine artificial intelligence (AI) with big data from extensive sensor networks to remotely operate more than 200 plants across 14 different countries optimizing production and energy usage.