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SISIR becomes a statutory board 1st Oct 1973

The Singapore Institute of Standards and Industrial Research (SISIR) was originally established in 1963 as the Industrial Research Unit within the Economic Development Board. This unit was later renamed SISIR in 1969 and tasked with promoting quality consciousness among local manufacturers as well as serving as a technical and consultancy agency. SISIR comprised six sections that looked into the quality, standards and improvements in the areas of food, chemical technology, material science, mechanical/civil engineering, electrical engineering and instrumentation systems respectively.[1] The main objective of these sections was to help local manufacturers produce quality goods.

As industrial development gained momentum, SISIR’s role was expanded in response to increasingly complex manufacturing needs. The Standards and Industrial Research Bill was introduced in 1973 to enable SISIR to carry out its functions with “greater efficiency and play an increasing role in promoting the sustained growth of local industry and export trade through various quality schemes”.[2] On 1 October 1973, SISIR became an independent statutory board[3] and it continued to evolve to meet the changing needs of the manufacturing sector. However, in April 1996, SISIR merged with the National Productivity Board (NPB) to form the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board (PSB).[4]

1. SISIR caters to common needs of industries. (1973, March 21). The Straits Times, p. 33. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
2. SISIR empowered to check on exports. (1973, July 28). The Straits Times, p. 4. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3. Fernandez, M. (1983, October 25). From a small unit to statutory body. The Straits Times, p. 6. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
4. Boon Heng heads new productivity stat board. (1996, April 8). The Straits Times, p. 25. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.


The information in this article is valid as at 2013 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

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