Transformation begins with the mind. That’s why Infineon Technologies is investing S$27 million over the next three years to train 1,000 of its Singapore workforce to be AI-skilled. The end goal is that the Singapore operations will be a global AI innovation hub.
But being such a hub is not just about research and development (R&D) alone. In Infineon Singapore’s context, it involves having staff with an AI mindset who is capable of deploying and developing AI solutions in all business functions.
Besides staff upskilling, the transformation will also include the implemenation of around 25 AI projects covering the entire value chain in Singapore.
“Singapore is the first in Infineon worldwide to embark on a comprehensive AI journey for all our business and manufacturing operations, embedding AI into every job function. To help our employees on this digital transformation, we will be helping our staff to develop a digital mindset and driving training programs while creating exciting opportunities and AI solutions with our ecosystem that benefit individuals and industries in Singapore and around the world,” said Chua Chee Seong, President and Managing Director of Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific.
Infineon has been part of Singapore’s semiconductor landscape for the past 50 years, starting out first as Siemens assembling low-cost discrete transistors and diodes, and passive components.
The AI transformation exercise will kickstart Infineon’s next 50 years in Singapore.
“Singapore is a global node of technology, innovation and enterprise that is able to reinvent itself while conserving its strengths. The country offers a vibrant innovation ecosystem and an attractive environment for top talents to live and work in. On its journey to become a Smart Nation, a key step is Singapore’s national strategy to develop impactful AI solutions. This fits well together with Infineon Singapore’s vision to make it an AI innovation hub and a key player for our AI strategy,” said Dr Reinhard Ploss, Chief Executive Officer of Infineon,.
Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat, was the guest-of-honour at the 50th anniversary event themed “Celebrate Think Smart, Work Smart. AI – Our Foundation for the Next 50 Years.”
“Besides establishing a large operation base here, Infineon also contributes to the growth of Singapore’s innovation movement. Having like-minded global partners like Infineon strengthens our postion in global value chains and our goal to be an advanced manufacturing base in the region driven by innovation,” he said.