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Rohde & Schwarz invests $85M in Singapore hub

Posted: 07 May 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:R&D hub? manufacturing? Singapore?

Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG has revealed its $85-million (?52 million) investment plan in Singapore. The plan includes building a new global hub in the country worth $58 million (?35 million). The facility in Singapore will be Rohde & Schwarz's first outside Germany.

The new facility will have an area of 12,747m2 and will house two important entities: namely Rohde & Schwarz Asia, which will serve as a global hub for R&D, engineering and production; and Rohde & Schwarz Regional Headquarters, which will manage the businesses in the Eastern Hemispherecomprising Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. The Eastern Hemisphere comprises more than a third of Rohde & Schwarz's net revenue.

To further enhance its global footprint in Singapore and to fortify its presence in the Eastern Hemisphere, Rohde & Schwarz is injecting additional share capital in its wholly-owned subsidiary, Rohde & Schwarz Asia Pte Ltd. As a global hub, the company has also expanded its existing system engineering operations to include other key activities and functions that are normally conducted in Munich. These include product charter responsibility, full scale R&D, production and supply chain.

R&S groundbreaking

Rohde & Schwarz groundbreaking ceremony in Singapore.

"Our presence in Singapore and the region has grown exponentially since we first began here in 1997. This new facility is a clear signal of our strong commitment to Singapore, and will give us the space to expand through a vast scope of higher value-added activities, including capital investment and knowledge-intensive work like innovative product development and R&D," said Gerhard Geier, president and chief operating officer, Rohde & Schwarz.

Manohar Khiatani, JTC Corp.'s chief executive officer said: "We are delighted that Rohde & Schwarz, a world technological leader, has decided to establish its first global hub outside of its German headquarters in Singapore. This reaffirms the strong and growing partnership between Rohde & Schwarz and Singapore. The company's decision to build this new hub at Changi Business Park also underlines the unique and conducive environment that the Park offers for high technology and R&D companies. We are confident of Rohde & Schwarz's continued success in Singapore and look forward to further strengthening our long-lasting partnership."

"We are pleased that Rohde & Schwarz has chosen Singapore to site its first global business hub outside of Germany to serve the region. Singapore's pool of highly skilled manpower, strong manufacturing base and R&D capabilities offer Rohde & Schwarz an ideal location to strengthen its business footprint in Asia. I firmly believe that Singapore's business-friendly environment and strategic location will contribute to Rohde & Schwarz's growth and success," added Yeoh Keat Chuan, assistant managing director, Singapore Economic Development Board.

Currently, Rohde & Schwarz Asia employs 350 professionals, more than 95 percent of which are professionals, management and engineering talents.

Designed by local architect, Forum, the new seven-floor Rohde & Schwarz building will be a state-of-the-art Green Mark Platinum structure. With its simple iconic appeal, the facility will complement and blend with the excellent architectural landscape within Changi Business Park, Rohde and Schwarz said.





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