Holcim to pave the way for sustainable construction in Asia with launch of Centre of Excellence

28 June 2012
 

Holcim establishes its Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Singapore. The opening of the CoE highlights Holcim’s 100 years in operation worldwide and the company’s commitment to its stakeholders in the region.

The CoE marks the Company’s dedication in developing sustainable and value-adding solutions, partnering esteemed clients - developments that encompass green solutions, productivity enhancing solutions, customised solutions and innovative materials technology solutions in contributing to Singapore’s built environment and beyond. The CoE was built with the support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

The level of sustainable construction in Singapore is set to rise as Holcim unveiled its Centre of Excellence (CoE), the first in Asia, in Singapore today. Officially launched by Mr Lam Siew Wah, Deputy CEO of Singapore Building and Construction Authority, the event was witnessed by distinguished guests including His Excellency Jörg Al. Reding, Switzerland’s Ambassador to Singapore; Mr Goh Chee Kiong, Director of Clean Technology and Building & Infrastructure Solutions in Economic Development Board, and business partners.

Costing around half a million dollars to build, the CoE marks the Company’s commitment to developing sustainable and value-adding solutions, partnering esteemed clients - developments that encompass green solutions, productivity enhancing solutions, customised solutions and  innovative materials technology solutions in contributing to Singapore’s built environment and beyond. The CoE was built with the support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

The opening of the CoE also marks Holcim’s 100 years in operation worldwide. As an expression of its commitment to its stakeholders, Holcim Singapore will also be increasing efforts and programmes for human resource development and capabilities enhancement. In its latest move, it has added about 6000 sq feet to its new facility, to emphasize its presence in Singapore and its extended operations in Asia.

 “The importance of sustainable construction in Singapore due to the lack of natural resources affirms our strategy.  With the new state-of-the-art development capabilities and the highly innovative workforce therein, we now have the infrastructure to accommodate our existing operations as well as meet the demands for on-going growth. We are firmly committed to Singapore as the ideal platform to efficiently reach our customers and supply chain.  With the new office, we are also committed to providing a conducive working environment for our employees.” said Dr. Sujit Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer of Holcim (Singapore).

Established in 1912, in the village of Holderbank in the Swiss Cantou of Aargau, Holderbank and then later as Holcim, the Company has grown steadily to become one of the world’s leading construction materials companies.  It now holds majority and minority interests in around 70 countries on all continents.  Today, with 80,000 staff strength, Holcim is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cements, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, asphalt and services.

“Singapore’s strong commitment to sustainable development provides a sophisticated lead market for companies to innovate and showcase new solutions. We warmly welcome Holcim’s decision to locate its first Asia-Pacific Centre of Excellence in Singapore to develop sustainable building solutions for the regional markets.” said Mr Goh Chee Kiong, Director of Building and Infrastructure Solutions, and Cleantech at the Singapore Economic Development Board.

Establishing its Asian presence in Singapore since 1994, Holcim Singapore’s business today stretches from supplying cement and advancing ready-mix concrete technology with innovative solutions to providing application-based drymix and wood replacement products. 

“Overall, Singapore’s construction industry and its sustainability journey will benefit from Holcim’s R&D efforts and innovations. With increasing pressure on global resource scarcity resulting in the volatility of commodity prices, the development of alternative resources will benefit Singapore in the long run. The opening of the Centre of Excellence is a significant milestone of Holcim’s partnership with Singapore and their firm commitment to Singapore’s sustainability drive,” said Mr Lam Siew Wah, Deputy CEO, Building and Construction Authority.

Numerous projects in Singapore have already benefited from Holcim’s innovations, including the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay where self-compacting high-early-strength Holcim Green structural concrete was used.. Since January 2009, Holcim has delivered more than 3,000 cubic meters of concrete to the Bay South jobsite alone.  Another  noteworthy recent development in 2010 has been “Easecrete” which is a productivity enhancing solution that was welcome by the BCA and the construction industry and several prestigious projects across Singapore are using it and witnessing its unique benefits.  Many new and exciting developments are underway at Holcim Singapore like the “Floatcrete” (concrete that floats in water); structural “LightCrete”; architectural “imprintcrete” and so on, and the company is confident that several of these developments shall be heavily embraced by the building and construction industry, locally and regionally, as truly value-adding !

A frequent winner of many accolades, for example the Singapore Environmental Achievement Award Top Achiever 2008/2009 and Green Leadership Award at Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2009, Holcim Singapore will continue to enrich its value propositions as it embarks on extensive development efforts to deliver innovative solutions.  It is fully committed to maintaining its leadership position by building customer and stakeholder value through enhancing productivity and delivering excellent customer service.