‘A physical exhibition allows us to enjoy the human interactions, providing us with the ability to touch and feel the products on display. Creating awareness of the benefits of additive manufacturing and how customers can benefit from it is key to us, says Mr. Hakon Ellekjaer. He is Head of Additive Manufacturing in Wilhelmsen.
Mr. Ellekjaer is one of the more than 100 experts sharing at this year’s physical Singapore Maritime Week, which opens today.
Transformation for growth
SMW 2022’s overarching theme is ‘Transformation for Growth,’ and the conference aims to accelerate the progress toward sustainable shipping.
Ms. Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA, says that SMW is a platform for international maritime leaders to discuss issues openly, spar ideas, and build partnerships to advance the collective interest to make shipping more resilient and sustainable.
NBAS members, Team Norway, and the Nordics are certainly playing their part at this year’s SMW.
Norway’s ambassador H.E Eivind S. Homme, gives the keynote speech at an event jointly organized by MPA and The Research Council of Norway, Singapore Maritime Institute, and SINTEF Ocean.
H.E Homme also opens the Nordic Maritime 2022, where Innovation Norway is among the organizers. Also at this event: NBAS board member and leader of the association’s Maritime group, Ms. Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria of DNV, who discusses collaborative alignment for a sustainable ocean economy.
In addition, Joey Chua, from NBAS-member OSM Maritime Ship Management, leads a discussion on building business cases within the internet of things (IoT).
Meeting potential customers and partners
Finally, NBAS board member and seasoned global maritime pundit Mr. Ronny Waage from ScanReach will give his input on what it takes to be a top maritime technology city. Like Mr. Ellekjaer from Wilhelmsen, Mr. Waage is looking forward to contributing to this years’ physical version of SMW.
‘For a Norwegian maritime technology company in Singapore, SMW is one of the key industry events to attend each year. We meet new and potential customers and partners here and connect with our existing industry network.’
Interactive thyssenkrupp/Wilhelmsen booth
Mr. Hakon Ellekjaer from Wilhelmsen will address the market outlooks for additive manufacturing. Parallelly, his engineering team will man the thyssenkrupp – Wilhelmsen’s booth.
‘Visitors can chat and fire away any questions they might have. We will also be displaying printed parts of all shapes, sizes, and colors, which visitors can interact with, states Mr. Ellekjaer. He is finally ready for his first physical SMW in two years.