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Timeline of SIPMM history

The Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM) is the nation’s professional body for the LPS sector – the sector which includes professionals in Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain. Since its founding in 1972, SIPMM has trained over 100,000 LPS professionals through its comprehensive suite of Specialised Qualifications, Executive Development Programmes as well as Specialised In-House Workshops across the region – which includes Multinational Firms, ICT Conglomerates, Governments, and the Armed Forces.

SIPMM is best recognised for founding the Official Singapore Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) in 1998, and co-founding the Official China PMI in 2002. The Official Singapore PMI is the key barometer of the Singapore Manufacturing Economy, while the Official China PMI is widely regarded as a reliable indicator of the China Manufacturing Economy.

SIPMM co-founded the International Federation of Purchasing and Materials Management (now known as the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management) in 1974 and has actively collaborated with industry chambers such as the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, the Singapore Procurement Federation and the National Trades Union Congress.

With over 4 decades of Progressive Professional Development in Singapore and the region, SIPMM is committed to supporting professionals and organisations be Future-Ready for the Future Economy.

Background History of SIPMM

December 14 2016

SIPMM and NTUC at the MOU Signing Ceremony

Representatives of SIPMM and NTUC at the MOU Signing Ceremony

Another strategic collaboration of SIPMM with NTUC, the lead union body in Singapore with 900,000 members. At the signing ceremony was Prof. Poh (seated second from right) and Mr Heng Chee How, Senior Minister of State (seated from left)

July 2 2016

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Launch of SIPMM Online Courses

SIPMM Courses fully operational for Online Learning and Certification.

April 17 2015

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SIPMM Initiating Online Course Project

SIPMM Academy initiated an online course project, to make available SIPMM specialized courses both in and outside Singapore. The project SIPMM Online Courses was scheduled to launch in July 2016.

November 17 2014

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Strategic Collaboration with Trade & Industry Association Singapore

SIPMM Academy collaborated with Trade & Industry Association Singapore (TIAS) to provide business and professional development courses for the trade association, which has more than 2,000 members.

January 17 2013

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SIPMM Established Educational Arm

With the gazette of the Private Education Act (Chapter 247A) in December 2011, SIPMM Academy was established as a separate entity to conduct SIPMM courses relating to purchasing, warehousing, logistics and supply chain management.

March 26 2012

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SIPMM Established Corporate Training

SIPMM established a separate entity to conduct professional and specialized skills workshops that are conducted at hotels. The entity also conducts customised In-House Trainings that are delivered at the company’s premise.

May 12 2005

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Strategic Collaboration With World Certification Institute in the US

SIPMM collaborated with World Certification Institute (WCI), a global body that is headquartered in Washington, to offer Competency Credential Awards.

October 26 2002

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SIPMM Assisted CFLP To Develop the Official China PMI

SIPMM assisted the China government and its professional association, China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) to produce the official China PMI. The launch was a huge success for China.

July 8 1998

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Launch of Singapore’s PMI in 1998

SIPMM successfully conducted pilot trials to produce the Singapore Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the manufacturing industry. The Singapore PMI was made available to the public on January 1999. Since then, the monthly index has become a key barometer of the Singapore economy and is closely watched by economists, analysts and media agencies worldwide.

May 9 1997

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Strategic Collaboration with Southern Cross University in Australia

SIPMM collaborated with Southern Cross University (Australia) to conduct the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with specialism in Purchasing and Logistics Management.

February 5 1996

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Strategic Collaboration with SAF School of Logistics for ALOC

SIPMM collaborated with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) School of Logistics to jointly conduct the Advanced Logistics Officers’ Course (ALOC).

May 3 1994

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Strategic Collaboration with SAF School of Logistics for ULOC

SIPMM collaborated with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) School of Logistics to jointly conduct the Unit Logistics Officers’ Course (ULOC).

February 4 1993

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Collaboration with RMIT University

SIPMM collaborated with RMIT University (Australia) to conduct the Master of Business (Logistics Management) degree.

July 25 1990

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SIPMM Hosted the 2nd IFPSM Asia-Pacific Regional Conference

SIPMM hosted the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference for a second time, and the event attracted huge turnout with active participation from the regional countries.

July 20 1990

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Academic Award Presentation at SIPMM Graduation in 1989

SIPMM top students receiving their academic awards from Mr. Henry Heng, former Administrator of SDF Secretariat, who later became the first Chief Executive of Council for Private Education (CPE).

July 8 1988

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SIPMM Diploma Courses Launched

SIPMM launched its own diploma with specialism in purchasing and materials management. The photo above shows a Business Law class conducted by the late Mr. S. Rajan, who was a district judge.

January 28 1988

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Pre-Launch Briefing Of SIPMM Diploma Courses with prospective students

SIPMM planned a launch of it own diploma courses with specialism in purchasing and materials management, as well as in logistics and supply chain management. Prospective students attending the Pre-Launch Briefing at SIPMM lecture room.

May 12 1987

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Strategic Collaboration with University of North London

SIPMM collaborated with University of North London (formerly known as Polytechnic of North London) to conduct higher diploma courses that were awarded by the university. The photo above shows the MOU signing ceremony at SIPMM office in 1987 (Left: Mr Philip Price, the university representative and Prof. Poh from SIPMM).

December 29 1986

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Early Batch of SIPMM Graduates

Photo of the graduating class of SIPMM Certificate in Purchasing Management. The success of its Certificate courses spurred SIPMM to explore diploma courses.

September 20 1986

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SIPMM Academic Board established

The founding members of SIPMM Academic Board (From left: Mr. George Regasamy from Singapore Airlines, Prof. Philip Poh and Prof. Lee Hsing Yi).

November 10 1980

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SIPMM Hosted the 1st IFPSM Asia-Pacific Regional Conference

SIPMM hosted the first Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Singapore, and initiated closer collaboration with institutes in the Asia-Pacific region.

September 5 1974

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SIPMM Co-Founded IFPSM, the World Body, and was elected to the Council

SIPMM co-founded the world body, the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) and was elected to the Council.

March 17 1972

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SIPMM Founded in 17th March 1972

SIPMM was founded as a professional institute for the development of those engaged in purchasing, warehousing, logistics and supply chain management.

SIPMM - Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management

The Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management is the nation’s professional body for the LPS sector – the sector which includes professionals in Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain. Since its founding in 1972, SIPMM has trained over 100,000 LPS professionals through its comprehensive suite of Specialised Qualifications, Executive Development Programmes as well as Specialised In-House Workshops across the region – which includes Multinational Firms, ICT Conglomerates, Governments, and the Armed Forces.

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