Kajima Corporation invests S$100m in the first overseas innovation centre in Singapore

KAJIMA Corporation ‘s first overseas innovation community at Changi Business Park will serve as its Asia-Pacific headquarters. As well as contribute new building technologies as well as research and improvement (R&D) capabilities to the construction sector.

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On Thursday, the Japan-listed construction organization kicked things off for the inside, Kajima Global Hub. And a function that was live-streamed online.

The center, which Kajima invested S$100 million in, is slated to be finished by 2023. And will possess 13,088 square meters of business park space, R&D lab space. Also twofold volume construction lab space at Changi Business Park.

Kajima Corporation
Kajima Corporation

However, It will also consolidate the gathering’s 400 staff across its business functions in Singapore – construction, engineering, improvement, research. And design – under one rooftop.

“Kajima Technical Research Institute Singapore (KaTRIS) will direct R&D and open innovation on cutting edge construction technologies. As well as testbed sustainable and wellness technologies (at the office),” said Kajima and JTC in a joint press statement on Thursday.

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With the expansion of R&D activities under KaTRIS, this will increase the quantity of neighborhood research personnel. Also, the middle will thus “make better jobs, draw in nearby hires. And lessen the natural effect of new developments”, according to the statement.

The Kajima Global Hub venture will be the first known use of a comprehensive suite of robotics solutions by Kajima outside Japan.

On why Singapore was chosen as the area for its Asia-Pacific headquarters, Shuichi Oishi, managing chief and CEO of Kajima Development, said: “Singapore is a magnet for a large number of the top multinational companies. Consequently, it is the best strategic area where Kajima can spearhead its operations in the Asia-Pacific and past.”

KAJIMA Corporation’s first overseas innovation

At the service, Kajima also reaffirmed its partnership with JTC. After the two organizations signed a notice of understanding in 2019 to share expertise. Also work together on R&D to improve profitability and maintenance capabilities within the sector.

“By combining our engineering capabilities with forward-looking industry expertise, we would like to quicken. And add to the constructed condition sector’s digitalization venture,” said JTC CEO Ng Lang.

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For instance, the two sides have built up a solid finishing robot which is required to “decrease labor and work cost by 50 percent, on head of improving quality and safety”.

“(We) are presently working with (Nanyang Technological University) and Mega Plus Technology Pte Ltd to refine the new robot, (and) are looking to send the first model of the solid finishing robots at Kajima Global Hub when prepared… Once the presentation of the robots is approved, they will be conveyed and scaled up in the construction industry,” said JTC bunch overseer of engineering Calvin Chung.

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R & D

The significance of R&D efforts was featured by Minister of State for Trade and Industry Low Yen Ling, who said at the function that “in the since quite a while ago run, we can’t continue with the old model of over-dependence on work for construction”.

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She included: “Emerging innovation trends such as robotics and man-made consciousness will assume an instrumental job in reshaping the manufactured condition sector in a post-Covid-19 world.

“At the point when such changes are grasped, the construction industry in Singapore will turn out to be more profitable and will have the option to offer great business opportunities. Construction companies will also be better positioned to contend internationally and grow their footprint overseas.”

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