SINGAPORE – Schneider Electric opened its new East Asia & Japan headquarters in Singapore, bringing together multiple operations across the island to one location to better serve customers and industry partners in Singapore and throughout East Asia and Japan. It was officially opened March 29 by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, and Chairman & CEO of Schneider Electric, Jean-Pascal Tricoire.
First large-scale Innovation Hub in Asia
As part of the launch, the Group has also established its first large-scale Innovation Hub in Asia, after Boston and Paris. This hub is a co-innovation platform with world-class facilities, enabling Schneider Electric to develop tailored solutions to optimize energy efficiencies for building, healthcare, data center, oil and gas and utility segments. Spanning over 18,500 sq. meters and home to over 1,200 employees, the hub will bring together software engineers, solution architects and research scientists to work on Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure™, its open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform.
To deepen its R&D capabilities and expertise at the hub, Schneider Electric is setting up a Machine Solutions Research & Development (R&D) team focusing on the enhancement and connectivity of controllers, communication modules, and Input-Output modules. This team is one of four Machine Solutions R&D teams globally.
Strengthening Schneider Electric presence in East Asia and Japan
In an effort to foster industry partnerships to strengthen the ecosystem, as well as advance capabilities of the sector to deliver better value to customers, Schneider Electric is providing the opportunity to acquire cutting-edge digital integration competencies at the Innovation Hub through its EcoXpert™ Partner Program. EcoXpert develops partnerships between Schneider Electric and the world’s leading technology providers with best-in-class systems integration competencies in building optimization, reliable infrastructures, and energy management. Together, EcoXpert companies can form a network of local and regional certified partners, to deliver greater business value, customer satisfaction, and sustainable success.
“We are proud to launch our state-of-the-art Innovation Hub here in Singapore. This opening reaffirms our commitment to East Asia and Japan as key markets for our business, and signifies the growth opportunities that we see in the region. As the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, we will continue to work towards strengthening the tools and capabilities for our customers and partners to go digital, through our Internet of Things (IoT) enabled approach,” said Tricoire.
New partnerships with leading Singapore universities
To widen collaborations in human capital development and new technologies, Schneider Electric has signed agreements with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS) to develop future leaders through educational and training internships for students and the collaboration and development of current and new technologies in Singapore and globally.
Dr. Beh Swan Gin, Chairman, Singapore Economic Development Board, said: “Schneider Electric’s new regional headquarters and Innovation Hub are important additions to the Singapore landscape and will help more companies, buildings, and factories go digital. In particular, we are pleased that Schneider has chosen Singapore as its strategic base to innovate and collaborate with local small and medium enterprises as well as customers from the region.”
As per Schneider Electric’s commitment to becoming fully carbon neutral by 2030, the new East Asia & Japan headquarters was retrofitted at a cost of S$23 million ($17.48 million USD) and is Schneider Electric’s first building in East Asia and Japan to use a hybrid electric power source powered by solar panels installed onsite and offsite.Tagged with Schneider Electric