Dedicated to engaging with customers across Southeast Asia
IHI Corporation has played an important role in Japan’s industrialization over the last 160 years.
IHI Corporation has played an important role in Japan’s industrialization over the last 160 years. As a leading international heavy industries conglomerate, the company’s involved in the design, manufacture and construction of processing plants, heavy industrial and mass produced machinery, material handling equipment, ship building, offshore marine and steel structures, aero engines and rocket systems.
On the fiftieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Japan, IHI Corporation’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Tamotsu Saito, is proud of the company’s contribution to the development of Singapore. As IHI Corporation expands its operations across the region, Singapore also remains the company’s headquarters for South East Asia Pacific.
Tamotsu Saito, President and Chief Executive Officer, IHI Corporation and Taizo Suga, President and Chief Executive Officer, IHI Asia Pacific Ptd. Ltd.
“Singapore was emerging as a young and vibrant nation and we supported the country’s ambitious plans and shared our expertise. We partnered with the Singaporean government in 1963, the same year we opened our Singapore office, and established the Jurong Shipyard. This led to the establishment of Jurong Engineering Ltd. in 1971”.
Today, the company has three main businesses in Singapore. Niigata Power Systems Pte. Ltd. manufactures and sells diesel engines for marine, power-generation and rail-traction use while Jurong Engineering Limited constructs power, incineration and steel plants, petrochemical refineries and other infrastructure projects. Since 2012, IHI Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (IHIAP) has been the regional headquarters of IHI Corporation in Asia Pacific.
“We recognize the importance of Singapore’s location in terms of accessing market information and engaging with customers in Southeast Asia,” says Taizo Suga, President and Chief Executive Officer of IHIAP. “Through our Singapore headquarters, we intend to accelerate our business growth across the region.”
IHIAP’s research and development activities are taking precedence in Singapore. In order to drive innovations in chemical engineering, bio-medicine and other fields, the company signed a master research collaboration agreement with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). As a smart-technology traffic supplier, the company also piloted its Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) safety-technologies testing program in Singapore with the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), an institute in A*STAR, and the Land Transport Authority(LTA).
“The V2I system connects laser ‘radar’ sensors to city buses to warn drivers of pedestrian flows at busy intersections,” explains Suga. “Our Singaporean partners, including the LTA, are keen to collaborate with us in developing new technologies and systems for Singapore”.
From IHIAP’s regional headquarters in Singapore, the company is delivering solutions and systems to Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. “As engineers, it is our duty to deliver infrastructure solutions which benefit the countries in which we operate and improve people’s lives,” says Saito.
Suga concludes, “Today, Singapore is a spring-board for our business across the region and we will continue to collaborate with A*STAR and other Singaporean agencies on key projects while establishing partnerships across the region”.