INFOCOMM PRODUCTS

infocomm products - personal communication devices, computer hardware

INDUSTRY BACKGROUND

Infocomm products are pervasive in our daily lives and are an integral part of how we communicate in this modern world.  From our personal communication devices such as mobile phones, laptops and PCs, to computer hardware, enterprise components and systems that form the fabric of networks, servers and storage to channel and process the massive flows of data throughout the world.  This complex infrastructure of infocomm products and the infocomm services that run on these infocomm products are ubiquitous in our personal and business activities. Correspondingly, there is a wide spectrum of infocomm product companies that have established themselves in Singapore to serve the global markets.

ESTABLISHING HEADQUARTERS IN SINGAPORE

Singapore is an attractive location for infocomm product companies to orchestrate their global operations, and also develop and commercialise new infocomm products. Leading infocomm product companies, such as Dell, HP and IBM and network equipment providers, like Alcatel, Cisco and Lucent, have established regional and global headquarters with the full value chain of activities in Singapore: from R&D and supply chain management to manufacturing, logistics and shared services.

Likewise, leading consumer electronics players such as BSH, Electrolux, Karcher, LG Electronics, Panasonic and Samsung Electronics, have all established regional headquarters in Singapore and companies such as Philips and Sennheiser, undertake the full range of activities in Singapore including R&D, product development and intellectual property management.

CONCEPTUALISING AND INNOVATING USING CONSUMER INSIGHTS

Development of infocomm products is not just about building computer hardware, but also about incorporating consumer preferences. Singapore's multicultural environment and strategic location in the heart of Asia is a prime location from which companies can better understand the Asian consumer to conceptualise and develop new products for the region.

HIGH-END MANUFACTURING IN SINGAPORE

Key products manufactured in Singapore include mission-critical and secure computing products such as high-end servers, ATMs, point-of-sales systems, networking equipment, and smart cards. Singapore is suited for such production because of its high-quality, high-mix-low-volume manufacturing expertise that is further supported by an established ecosystem of precision component manufacturers, EMS companies, logistics service providers and also the growing ecosystem of other suppliers within Singapore and the neighbouring region.

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FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Singapore's infocomms industry saw its revenues grow 18.5% in 2011 to reach S$83.4 billion.
  • There are more than 143,000 infocomm industry professionals in Singapore. Of this, more than 83% have at least a tertiary education.
  • Singapore's manufacturing output of Infocomms & Consumer Electronics grew by 2.3% year-on-year in 2012.
  • 4 of the world's top 5 Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) providers manufacture in Singapore

1 Source: Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
2 Source: Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
3 Source: Economic Development Board

FEATURED PRODUCTS

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Panasonic
Home energy management system

It’s no coincidence that Panasonic Asia-Pacific started testing its Home Energy Management System (HEMS) in Singapore: the highly urbanised citystate largely depends on effective air-conditioning. Panasonic’s technology allows residents to use their smartphones to control their air-conditioning units, even when away from home, and to monitor how much energy they’ve consumed. The idea is to make it easy for customers to see if energy is being wasted. The HEMS will be fully launched from 2013 but Panasonic is already eyeing other markets in the Asia-Pacific. “With rising concern about global climate change, energy efficiency and management solutions will be of higher demand,” says Low Beng Huat, Panasonic Asia-Pacific’s general manager for environment and external affairs.

In association with Monocle, EDB brings to you a selection of people, places and products that make Singapore a nation that is punching far above its weight despite its relatively compact size and population (content first published in Monocle).

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Mr Kiren KUMAR

Mr Kiren KUMAR

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Infocomms and Media, Marketing & Communications, Customer Experience Management, Singapore Welcome Centre for Corporates

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