For more than 15 years, Swiss concrete manufacturer Holcim has helped build infrastructure in Singapore. Just last year it produced 1.33 million cubic metres of ready-mix concrete for the city-state. Holcim’s concrete has been widely used in projects including the Daniel Libeskind-designed residential apartments Reflections at Keppel Bay to the “Supertree” structures at the new park known as Gardens by the Bay. Holcim’s selection of concrete includes Easecrete, a productivity-enhancement solution; Supercrete HS, a high-strength green concrete; and Conwood, a wood-replacement product, all the result of a long-term growth plan.
In June, together with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) it launched a Centre of Excellence (CoE) to develop innovative solutions for the construction industry. Up to now more than 20 value-added products and solutions have been unveiled. Among Holcim’s recent innovations are Floatcrete (concrete that can float on water) and Permecrete, a pervious concrete for sustainable water conservation. “The authorities are at the forefront when it comes to promoting products that lead to sustainability and productivity enhancement,” says Dr Sujit Ghosh, managing director and CEO. “This is aligned with Holcim Singapore’s thrust and is a strong point in supporting our innovation road map.”
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CITIES, INFRASTRUCTURE & INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS
The unprecedented growth of Asian and Middle East economies is driving demand for energy, refined products, chemicals and consumer goods. This is creating a growing need for engineering services to support new investments in the industry. Additionally, with growing emphasis on climate change, Singapore is committed to helping companies develop efficient and environmentally sustainable engineering solutions.
Leading One-Stop Hub For Engineering Solutions
Singapore is today home to several leading global top engineering companies. These include Arup, Jacobs Engineering, KBR, Fluor, Foster Wheeler, CH2MHILL, WorleyParsons, CB&I Lummus, Yokogawa, Emerson, Rockwell Automation and M+W Zander. Their engineering services range from front-end engineering design, consultancy and systems development to project and construction management for industries that include petrochemicals and biomedical sciences.
Urban Solutions Knowledge Base
Moving forward, Singapore aims to develop a vibrant landscape of both local and foreign companies with integrated turnkey capabilities and the knowledge base to create innovative engineering solutions. At the same time, Singapore will capitalise on the exciting possibilities present in infrastructure development in the region to become the region’s knowledge base for Urban Solutions that include urban planning, transport systems and environmental solutions, among others. Companies can work together with partners from both the private and public sectors to develop and test-bed innovative sustainable solutions in Singapore and export them to the world.
With its proximity and unmatched connectivity to the leading growth markets of the world, and a commitment to developing engineering talent with the right kind of expertise, Singapore aims to become a hub that develops engineering solutions for the most pressing challenges in the world.
In line with Singapore’s vision to develop a knowledge-based economy, the country offers companies access to a globally competitive workforce that is equipped with the right expertise to meet the needs of the engineering services industry. Singapore is committed to helping companies develop the right mix of skills and experience in their employees through training. Companies can tap into the large pool of engineering graduates from Singapore’s tertiary institutions, as well as gain easy access to engineering talent from around the region.
Singapore is strategically placed to take advantage of the booming markets in Asia and the Middle East. Its excellent connectivity enables companies to engineer and manage complex projects around the world from Singapore, taps into our manpower base and provides round–the-clock connectivity to major markets. In addition, Singapore also has the most extensive network of free trade agreements in Asia, giving Singapore-based companies better access to these emerging markets.
Singapore’s success in developing its process industries has helped it to develop a diverse ecosystem of both local and foreign companies offering engineering services out of this strategic location. Besides leading players like KBR, WorleyParsons and Jacobs Engineering who have effectively leveraged Singapore’s strengths in process manufacturing, many companies have also achieved success in non-process sectors like infrastructure engineering and architectural services. Many Singaporean companies such as WOHA, Surbana and RSP Architects have achieved global recognition for their work and have worked on projects around the world.
FACTS AND FIGURES
- The Engineering Services industry currently accounts for about 1.2 per cent of Singapore’s gross domestic product and employs about 37,000 people.
- Nine of the world’s top 10 Control & Automation companies already have significant operations here, making Singapore the leading process control hub in Asia.
- Singapore hosts a growing number of global engineering design firms. One recent addition is M+W Zander Facility Engineering which established its global HQ in Singapore to better reach out to the Chinese, European and US markets. It is also the first German engineering design company to set up a global HQ here.