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Seiko Instruments expands R&D in Singapore

Posted: 21 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Jonathan Hopfner? Seiko Instruments? R&D center? ASTAR's Data Storage Institute?

Precision engineering company Seiko Instruments will establish a new R&D center in Singapore on April to bolster its storage and microelectronics offerings.

Seiko said that the new center would begin as a representative office at Singapore's Biopolis research complex, but would expand to take in 10 to 20 employees by 2010. The company added that the center's primary purpose will be to nurture partnerships with local institutes under the Singapore government's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (ASTAR).

The company has already signed an agreement with the Singapore Institute of Microelectronics on the joint development of next-generation packaging and sensor products as well as a three-year pact with ASTAR's Data Storage Institute to research hard disk technologies.

Other areas of initial focus for the center include production process innovation and computer-assisted engineering, and Seiko eventually hopes to expand R&D to include biotechnology equipment research.

The results of its collaborations with the Singapore government will be transformed into "new businesses and new products by utilizing Seiko Instruments Singapore and other production plants in neighboring countries," the company added in a statement.

- Jonathan Hopfner
EE Times

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