Hitachi plans to set up Southeast Asia Centre for Signalling Systems in Singapore

Hitachi plans to set up Southeast Asia Centre for Signalling Systems in Singapore :This is part of the company’s plans to tap railway demand in the region, as more ASEAN countries open up for infrastructure investment.

The Sentosa Express monorail is being enhanced with a new signalling system developed by Hitachi, which is expected to reduce time intervals between trains. The contract, worth S$30 million, also includes a new train with two carriages.

Hitachi says it plans to set up a Southeast Asia Centre for Signalling Systems in Singapore as part of plans to tap railway demand in the region. This comes as more ASEAN countries are opening up for infrastructure investment.

Mr Alistair Dormer, Global CEO of Hitachi Rail, said: “We see Singapore as a really high quality centre for railway expertise and signalling, so it is an ideal place for us to grow our engineering and technical resource in the area. So looking at Singapore but also looking to the wider area, in terms of the growth of our business.”

According to the Asian Development Bank, Asia requires another US$8 trillion worth of infrastructure investment between 2010 and 2020. Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) is keen to have more local firms involved in this sector, in areas such as financing and project management.

Mr Goh Chee Kiong, EDB’s Executive Director of Clean Technology and Cities, Infrastructure & Industrial Solutions, said: “This augurs very well for a lot of companies operating out of Singapore to serve the infrastructure sector. So Singapore is very interested in being the leading hub in Asia to work with companies, develop, finance and execute projects for the region.”

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