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In its first year of business, the company simply focused on surviving. However, once business stabilised, the company vision was set: to become a leading global testing laboratory. Business expansion over the last eight years has resulted in the company moving three times to bigger premises. Since 2013, the company has been based in a 20,000 square feet office/factory space in Sungei Kadut at Singapore’s north, which houses 10 testing laboratories.
Admaterials collaborates closely with partners such as SPRING Singapore (now Enterprise Singapore1) and A*STAR, for instance when setting up its pavement testing lab in 2013 as well as when deploying advanced equipment, streamlining processes and staff training. In 2014 and 2015, the company also worked with A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute to design its fully automated, cloud-based laboratory management system to enhance productivity and efficiency in data collection, analysis and management.
One productivity breakthrough for Admaterials is in concrete cube testing, which makes up about 20 percent of the company’s total revenue. By embarking on a productivity improvement project using SPRING’s (now Enterprise Singapore1) Capability Development Grant, this formerly manual process is now automated, reducing manpower requirements by up to 50 percent. Besides automating repetitive and highly complex manual data management tasks, concrete cube test results and reports can now be generated within a day, compared to a week previously. Moreover, customers and staff are able to view test reports on their mobile devices using a web-based mobile application.
Admaterials is also one of the first advanced materials testing labs in Singapore to use a recycled water management system as part of its concrete cube storage. Developed and implemented by the company in July 2015, the system has helped Admaterials save around 70 to 80 percent of water when curing concrete cubes.With the concrete cubes now stored in tiered shelves instead of water troughs, Admaterials is also able to free up laboratory space for other use.