Seagate opens S$100m R&D centre in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Seagate Technology on Friday (Jun 19) opened a S$100 million design and research and development (R&D) centre in Singapore.

The new facility in Ayer Rajah Crescent can house more than 900 employees and will be used by the company’s mobile storage R&D team in Singapore.

Named “The Shugart” after company founder Alan Shugart, the R&D centre will focus on the development of 2.5-inch small form-factor hard drives, hybrid drives, firmware, software and technologies.

Applications for these products include mobile PCs, local backup storage devices, digital video recorders and new opportunities such as network attached storage solutions.

The facility, which began construction in July 2013, has a gross floor area of more than 40,000 square metres and comprises a nine-storey tower connected to a six-storey tower with three basement levels.

Speaking at the launch, Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang said Singapore continues to play a key role in the data storage industry, with close to 50 per cent of the world’s manufacturing capacity for hard disk media.

He added that Singapore wants to continue as a key location for designing and manufacturing the critical components and drives to support the growing needs of the digital world. The electronics cluster as a whole is a key pillar of the economy, with electronics manufacturing accounting for about 5 per cent of GDP last year.

“Recent capacity and R&D expansions by companies affirm Singapore’s continued competitiveness and strength in the electronics industry,” said Mr Lim. “The Government will continue to partner the industry to ensure its competitiveness by growing and deepening capabilities in manufacturing and R&D.”

Besides the new centre, Seagate’s current footprint in Singapore includes the Seagate Singapore International Headquarters and the Woodlands Recording Media Operation, which saw a S$1.3 billion extension in 2006.

Seagate is one of the largest electronics company in Singapore, with 7,000 employees in R&D, hard disk media manufacturing and headquarter activities, including 500 R&D engineers and scientists.

“From social media to big data and the Internet of Things, there’re just this huge amount of data being created that all needs to be stored somewhere and hard drives are the most low-cost and reliable way to store their data,” said Seagate’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Mark Re. “So we’re an integral part of cloud infrastructures, and an integral part of just how people store and consume their data.”


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