Japan’s KAJIMA Corporation broke ground for its first overseas innovation centre at Changi Business Park.
The new innovation centre, Kajima Global Hub will serve as its Asia-Pacific headquarters. It will also contribute new building technologies and research and development (R&D) capabilities to the construction sector.
The Kajima initiative comes after it signed a memorandum of understanding with JTC last year to share expertise and collaborate on R&D.
The $100 million investment is slated to be completed by 2023. It will occupy 13,088 square metres of business park space, R&D lab space and double volume construction lab space at Changi Business Park.
The project is the first known application of a comprehensive suite of robotics solutions by Kajima outside Japan.
Shuichi Oishi, managing director and chief executive of Kajima Development, said Singapore was chosen as the location for its Asia-Pacific headquarters because “Singapore is a magnet for many of the top multinational companies. Hence, it is the best strategic location where Kajima can spearhead its operations in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.”
To strengthen its regional operations, Kajma will consolidate all 400 staff across its business functions – construction, engineering, development, research, and design – under one roof at the Hub.
Kajima Technical Research Institute Singapore, the company’s first overseas base of its kind that opened in 2013, will also move into the building to promote collaboration and innovation with other firms, the government and educational institutions, the Tokyo-based firm said in a statement.
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The Hub will create better jobs, attract local hires and reduce the environmental impact of new developments while Kajima Technical Research Institute Singapore (KaTRIS) will increase the number of local research personnel.
The company is also sponsoring the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition managed by Singapore Management University (SMU), and participated in the Open Innovation Platform managed by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
Moving forward, Kajima will co-create new ideas with start-ups and SMEs to expand open innovation activities at the Kajima Global Hub.
All in all, this investment will benefit local start-ups and SMEs and create good jobs for Singaporeans.