(Oct 23): The local stock exchange does not currently have many listed robotics plays. But that may change over time as a crop of home-grown start-ups make technological progress.

Among the biggest local names is engineering firm HOPE Technik. Peter Ho, a former motorsports engineer, started the company with some university mates. HOPE Technik is probably best known for the Red Rhino mini fire engines it designed for the Singapore Civil Defence Force. What is perhaps less known is that its autonomous industrial robots are today used in a local hospital and factories in Singapore, China and Taiwan.

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