Panel Discussion Examines Use of Advanced Technology in Container Business

March 8, 2018

Center; Eugene Qian,
senior manager of Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd.

Symphony Creative Solutions Pte. Ltd. (SCS),* an NYK Group company, in cooperation with the National University of Singapore (NUS) through its entrepreneurial arm NUS Enterprise,** held a panel discussion on February 26 at BLOCK71 Singapore*** to promote open innovation in the shipping and logistics industry.

This is the third time SCS has held such an event. The most recent discussion focused on the utilization of technologies specific to the container business. This theme was much more detailed than the previous one, which was “innovation in the shipping and logistics industry.”

Eugene Qian, senior manager of Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd.,**** provided an outline of the container business and spoke about the importance of cultivating an innovation-prone corporate culture. Another speaker offered a practical presentation on the utilization of advanced technology, such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA). The speakers also fielded many questions from participants who filled the seminar hall.

As a platform for open innovation in the shipping and logistics industry, SCS plans to hold a series of these events and sponsor a contest for startups in early April.

 Seminar hall
The NYK Group will continue to promote innovation and provide new value to the maritime and logistics industry by developing advanced, creative solutions.

* Symphony Creative Solutions Pte. Ltd.
Jointly established in Singapore in March 2016 by the NYK Group, Weathernews Inc., and Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc. to develop and market next-generation solutions in the shipping and logistics fields.

** NUS Enterprise
The entrepreneurial arm of NUS, plays a pivotal role in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship at NUS and beyond. It actively promotes entrepreneurship and cultivates global mindsets and talents through the synergies of experiential entrepreneurial education, active industry partnerships, holistic entrepreneurship support and catalytic entrepreneurship outreach. Its initiatives and global connections support a range of entrepreneurial journeys and foster ecosystem building in new markets.

*** BLOCK71 Singapore
Located in the Ayer Rajah industrial estate in Singapore, BLOCK71 is an ecosystem builder and global connector that aggregates and catalyses the startup community.

**** Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd.
A Singapore-based global container shipping company that will begin operations on April 1 by integrating the container businesses of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.

- Reference

Announcement on February 6, 2018, “Panel Discussion with NUS Enterprise Examines Use of Advanced Technology in the Maritime Industry,”

Announcement on December 12, 2017, “Panel Discussion Held with NUS Enterprise to Promote Innovation in Shipping and Logistics,”

Announcement on October 25, 2017, “Start-up Supported by NYK Group Wins Top Prize at Singapore’s Smart Port Challenge 2017,”


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