SATS to invest S$150M in food production automation

SATS Food building near Changi Airport in SingaporeSATS Food building near Changi Airport in Singapore

SATS has entered a lease agreement with JTC to build a food hub in Singapore’s Jurong Innovation District, in a project expected to include S$150 million in automation investments, the company said in a filing to SGX. 

The company plans to deploy automation and robotics to improve food production processes, inclduing using the Internet of Things (IoT) to network processes and use data to aid planning, boost utilisation and reduce food waste, SATS said. 

SATS provides food service for airlines, food-service chains, retailers and institutions, as well as offering gateway services for airlines and cruise lines.

“Large-batch production of meals will be automated to achieve efficiency, and certain manual processes such as meal assembly will potentially be carried out by robotic finger grippers and auto dispensing units for various food components,” SATS said. 

Kerry Mok, president and CEO of SATS, said the Jurong Innovation District location would let the company tap into Singapore’s research and development ecosystem.

“Automating our meal production processes changes the landscape significantly to benefit our customers, suppliers and business partners. It will enable us to implement hi-tech food production to achieve cost efficiency, strengthen operational resilience and create greater opportunities for upskilling our people,” Mok said in the statement.

“Through our investments in innovation and automation, SATS aims to help local businesses that we are working with to innovate and scale their operations cost-effectively to compete internationally,” Mok said. 

The SATS Food Hub, expected to be completed in 2024, will have five storeys, with facilities for food manufacturing, production kitchens, development lab, warehousing and logistics center, food court and an experiential center, the filing said.

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