HP Inc.’s new Asia new Asia Pacific and Japan headquarters and Smart Manufacturing Applications and Research Center (SMARC) were officially opened on 13 December by HP President and CEO, Mr Dion Weisler and Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) Mr S. Iswaran.
The new Singapore Campus, located at the Depot Close premises, is a testament to HP’s commitment to Singapore and highlights the importance of its business across the Asia Pacific region. The APJ headquarters unites more than 3,000 employees from 35 nationalities in a single location for the first time, including HP sales, operations, R&D, marketing, supply chain and logistics for the region.
“We are extremely committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our region and of our customers. The Singapore Campus, that includes collaborative workspaces and mobility solutions as well as the research and prototyping facility, is a reflection of our drive to constantly reinvent the way we work as well as develop new technologies to enhance productivity and efficiency across our global operations,” said Richard Bailey, President, Asia Pacific and Japan, HP Inc.
SMARC, a cutting-edge research and prototyping facility, will be a centre of excellence to help digitally transform and reinvent the company’s manufacturing processes by leveraging the use of next-generation digital technologies including additive manufacturing, advanced robotics, and large-scale data analytics. Successful developments from the facility will be implemented across HP’s existing and new supplies manufacturing lines globally.
At the event, Minister Mr Iswaran highlighted that the recently launched Electronics Industry Transformation Map sets out Singapore’s aspiration to be the hub for innovation in advanced manufacturing, and aims for all manufacturing facilities in Singapore to be best-in-class compared to their global operations. To support systemic industry transformation, the government has launched the Singapore Smart Industry Readiness Index for companies to evaluate their current standing, and map out possible next steps in adopting advanced manufacturing technologies and processes.