Complete Property Market Updates of Singapore

May 3, 2008

3M to open $274m plant in Tuas

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It will expand ops in Singapore, which it envisions as its regional superhub

United States technology conglomerate 3M, best known for innovative products such as Post-it note pads, is expanding operations in Singapore with a new US$200 million (S$274.2 million) plant in Tuas.

The factory will employ 250 workers initially to make thin film coatings. These coatings are used mainly on windows to reduce glare and heat, but they also have electronic and automotive uses.

3M, which makes a vast range of products for both consumer and industrial use, has a long relationship with Singapore, which dates back to 1966 when it set up a sales office here.

The company said the new 65,000 sq m plant will be its most advanced thin film coating facility outside the US and will be a centre of excellence for 3M’s film coating business in the Asia-Pacific region.

The facility is expected to be up and running by the middle of next year, 3M said.

In expanding its operations here, the company envisions that Singapore will become a ‘3M regional superhub’, said Mr John Woodworth, the senior vice-president of corporate supply chain operations.

3M regional superhubs are large production and resource-sharing facilities that are tied to the company’s regional growth needs. They also manufacture products for other 3M businesses.

The Tuas plant will be 3M’s second facility in Singapore. It established a $400 million plant at Woodlands in 1998. That plant makes flexible circuits and electronics adhesives, and also carries out research and development. It currently has about 700 employees. 3M also has a sales and marketing office in Yishun.

Singapore was selected as the location for 3M’s new plant because of its proximity to the company’s supply chain operations in the region.

The new plant will serve 3M’s customers in the Asia-Pacific. Most of the products manufactured at this plant will be exported.

‘The Asia-Pacific market makes up about 30 per cent of total sales revenue,’ said 3M Singapore’s manufacturing and engineering manager, Mr Frank Sommerfeldt, who attended the ground-breaking ceremony at the Tuas site yesterday.

3M’s film manufacturing vice-president, Mr Kevin Kuck, said: ‘This investment brings us closer to our customers and creates a regional source of supply…and helps us respond more quickly to our customers’ needs in the fast-growing Asia market.’

‘Singapore has all the ingredients for the technology-intensive manufacturing that 3M is involved in,’ said Mr Donald Chang, the managing director of 3M Singapore and South-east Asia.

Minister of State for Trade and Industry Lee Yi Shyan, who was the guest of honour at the ground-

breaking ceremony, welcomed the company’s expansion moves.

‘For many, 3M stands for innovation, a value that Singapore embraces in developing her knowledge economy,’ Mr Lee said.

Source : Straits Times – 3 May 2008


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