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Productivity Certification Framework unveiled at Forum

13 November 2019

A ground-breaking Productivity Certification Framework (PCF) for the Process Construction and Maintenance (PCM) sector was unveiled at the Productivity Improvement Forum (PIF) held at the Trade Association Hub in Jurong East on 13 November 2019.

The first in the world, it would serve as the industry’s yardstick for productivity and provide a measured approach to track and benchmark productivity efforts and improvements. Under the framework, PCM companies will be evaluated in four areas – improvements in planning and execution via project management tools; technology adoption; staff development; and how well they collect data that can be analysed.

Speaking at the launch of the Forum organised by  the Productivity Council, guest of honour Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, said the certification “enhances business opportunities for PCM companies, as energy and chemical plant owners will be more likely to engage certified PCM companies for construction and maintenance contracts in Singapore”.

Dr Koh added the initiative could be a strong value proposition for Singapore if implemented well.

Mr Koh Yak Boo, Chairman of the Productivity Council, said better productivity can shorten maintenance downtime for plant owners and help contractors generate more revenue.

The PIF 2019 was attended by over 100 local professionals from PCM partners, plant owners, plant contractors as well as representatives from government agencies.

By 2020, the six biggest process construction and maintenance companies are expected to be certified.

Mr Roger Chia, Chairman and Managing Director of Rotary Engineering – one of the six big firms piloting the framework – said he was working on optimising how teams of workers were organised and on digitalising work records so that productivity could be better monitored and improved.

The Productivity Council is jointly funded by ASPRI and members of the process industry, Economic Development Board (EDB) Singapore, Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC) and members of the chemical industry. It organises the Productivity Improvement Forum annually to showcase the key results and findings of the various work groups with insights on opportunities and strategies for productivity improvements.


13 November 2019