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New $42m centre eyes 3D printing of rooms by robots

In the future, your room might be 3D printed by a robot that can spray layers of concrete to create customised walls and toilets.

A newly launched $42 million 3D printing centre at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will look into developing such capabilities for the manufacturing and engineering sectors, among others.

Funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the ...more

$40m for 4 big firms to invest in tech start-ups

A national research fund has expanded its scope by awarding grants to large local companies instead of just venture capital firms as it has done in the past.

The National Research Foundation's (NRF) Early Stage Venture Fund has made grants to property giant CapitaLand, tech firm DeClout, agribusiness company Wilmar International and supply chain company YCH Group.

This is the third ...more

CWT's controlling shareholders in exclusive talks on sale to China's HNA


THE controlling shareholders of CWT have signed an exclusivity agreement to negotiate a sale of their shares to China conglomerate HNA Group, and a deal could trigger a general offer for CWT, market sources told The Business Times.

An official announcement is expected soon.

The pricing and structure of the sale must still be negotiated, and it is unclear how long ...more

Aided by 3D printing, precision-engineering sector set to transform


ADDITIVE manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is shaping up to be the one of the ways forward for Singapore's precision-engineering sector, as stakeholders kicked off efforts on Thursday to transform the sector.

For one, world's largest chipmaking equipment maker Applied Materials will collaborate with a Singapore research agency to come up with additive-manufacturing ...more

New course gives ICT professionals chance to switch to cyber security

Infocomm technology (ICT) professionals or engineers with three years' experience can switch to the fast-emerging field of cyber security under a new training scheme.

The Cyber Security Associates and Technologists or CSAT programme is also open to fresh ICT graduates and those with under three years of work experience.

Trainees will acquire practical skills and be mentored by industry ...more

March factory output holds out hope for Q1 GDP


WHAT a difference a fortnight makes.

Just two weeks ago, Singapore's disappointing gross domestic product (GDP) flash estimates for the quarter ended March 31 nudged economists to downgrade their full-year forecasts.

However, Tuesday's preliminary factory output data for March is prompting some of them to now revise first-quarter growth numbers upwards, while leaving ...more

DBS launches India's first mobile-only bank


DBS Bank aims to add five million retail customers in India over the next three to five years, and take in deposits of about S$10 billion through India's first mobile-only bank that it launched on Tuesday, its chief executive Piyush Gupta said.

The bank, which targets to break even in this venture in about three years, hopes to steal a march in India's retail banking segment ...more

Data centres, logistics bright spots for 2016 industrial demand


SPECIALISED industrial space such as data centres and logistics facilities will still see healthy demand this year, even as the rest of the industrial space sector suffers from falling rents and rising vacancies amid the weak manufacturing sector.

Rentals tracked by CBRE Research for factory and warehouse space fell for the third straight quarter in Q1 2016, recording 1.7 ...more

KPMG launches matchmaking initiative for startups


KPMG Singapore has launched an initiative which will allow its corporate customers to tap the creative skills of startups in order to get access to innovative solutions. Called the KPMG Digital Village, it will be what a company spokesman calls a symbiotic ecosystem matching, fostering and forging innovation ventures between companies and startups.

Lyon Poh, KPMG Singapore's ...more

Industry to play pivotal role in infocomm manpower strategy


THE industry will play a pivotal role in Singapore's infocomm manpower strategy, a series of programmes aimed at building a pipeline of local professionals to fill the over 30,000 new infocomm jobs created by Singapore's future economy and Smart Nation initiatives by 2020.

Private-sector companies Singtel, ST Electronics, Integrated Health Information Systems, DBS and UOB ...more

Wireless@SG: 5Mbps speed by year end

Surfing speeds on Singapore's free public Wi-Fi service Wireless@SG will be more than doubled to 5Mbps by the end of this year, as the Government sees the network as a key enabler of Singapore's Smart Nation vision.

The number of Wireless@SG hot spots will also be doubled to 20,000 by 2018 to better complement telcos' 4G networks in meeting consumers' rising demand for mobile broadband.


More targeted help to spur manufacturing

More targeted help will be given to ensure that the crucial manufacturing sector is well-positioned for the future, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran told Parliament yesterday.

His remarks came as the Government rolls out measures aimed at specific sectors to help sustain the growth of local industries.

Mr Iswaran said during the debate on the Ministry of Trade ...more

77th Street founder turns to logistics amid retail shake-up

The entrepreneur who founded streetwear brand 77th Street is gunning to be "a big logistics player" with her latest venture.

Ms Elim Chew said she started her FastFast app last year to give retirees, people who had been retrenched or those in between jobs a way to earn some money.

The service, with four staff, has grown fast, raking up $75,000 in sales since its launch in September.

Users ...more

Singapore - a small landscape with a large vision for data centres

THE data centre market in the Asia-Pacific is increasingly closely watched by global market players. Although it is young and still finding its feet, the sheer weight of data usage and population growth are making established counterparts such as the US and Europe take notice. Leading the charge is the geographically small but ambitiously large Singapore. This small country is leading some large neighbours ...more

Singtel enters partnership to enhance ships' cyber security


SINGAPORE Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) has entered into a strategic partnership with satellite operator Inmarsat to enhance maritime cyber security using Trustwave's Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution.

Trustwave, which was recently acquired by Singtel, is the cyber security arm of the telco. It will provide the software-based UTM service to be integrated with Inmarsat ...more
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