Skyports and Volocopter have announced a cooperation to build the first mobile Volo-Port for air taxis. UK-based global vertiport owner and operator Skyports and air taxi pioneer Volocopter unveiled plans for the Volo-Port – the physical landing pads for so-called eVTOL (electric take-off and landing) – through stunning designs produced by internationally renowned agency Brandlab.
Ground-based vertiport infrastructure is critical to the success of future urban air mobility (UAM), including air taxi operations in congested cities. Construction of the first Volo-Port will be completed later this year. The partners plan to build it in Singapore for the scheduled public flight trials in the second half of 2019. A full-scale Volocopter vehicle is on display at the Greentech festival.
The Volo-Port prototype will:
Enable real-life testing of the full customer journey to perfect the passenger experience;
Showcase planned customer services, including pre-flight checks, passenger lounges and boarding procedures;
Allow practical testing of ground operations and services, including battery swaps and charging, maintenance, safety and security;
Provide the opportunity for authorities and industry regulators to interact with the infrastructure and provide feedback before they are asked to approve the final design.
Vertiports are the only physical infrastructure required for air taxis to commence operations in cities in the near future. Volo-Ports are designed to provide passengers with a seamless air taxi experience that is safe, secure, and relaxing. They will merge with their surroundings, allowing passengers and passers-by to see through the whole structure.
Shiseido announced the opening of their new office in Singapore, located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District.
The move is part of Shiseido’s VISION 2020 corporate transformation, as the company focuses on accelerating growth in the second phase of its medium-to-long term strategy. The new office hub will house the regional headquarters of Shiseido Asia Pacific, the global headquarters for Shiseido Travel Retail and the affiliate office of Shiseido Singapore. As centres of value creation, this structure facilitates flexible and agile decision making; enabling Shiseido to achieve significant growth through marketing activities attuned to the needs of regional consumers and global travellers.
As they continue to build for the future, Shiseido is committed to an increased investment in their brands, talent development, beauty innovation and business activities that will positively and sustainably impact society.
The new office will house three new dedicated facilities:
Asia Learning Centre, a first-of-its-kind dedicated training facility that will train approximately 2,000 Shiseido employees from Asia Pacific, Travel Retail, Japan & China each year. Its programmes aim to develop leadership, function-specific and innovation skills and behaviours that are critical in supporting growth and bringing out the best from employees for Shiseido’s continued success.
Asia Pacific Innovation Centre, which will enable open-source innovation, Asia Pacific consumer research, as well as create and localize a portfolio of highly specialised products for the Asian market and climate.
Life Quality Beauty Centre: As they strive for a society that promotes greater happiness and positivity for everyone, this is a unique facility that provides private, specialized make-up consultations to consumers with significant skin concerns such as port-wine stains, nevus, scars, vitiligo and changes in appearance due to the side effects of medical treatment. Shiseido has helped consumers with serious skin concerns since 1956, when many in Japan suffered from serious skin burns post-war, by developing a foundation called Shiseido Spots Cover.
Shiseido Asia Pacific and the global headquarters of Travel Retail first established their presence in Singapore in 2016 & 2015 respectively; with the employee base almost doubling to over 250 employees, with nationalities spread across 17 countries.
The strategic location of the Singapore office puts Shiseido closer to key markets in Asia, enabling the company toleverage the region’s robust potential with its rising middle-class population. Growth in the premium beauty segment in Asia Pacific is forecasted increase by USD$4.4 billion from 2016-2021, while the mass beauty segment is expected to achieve more than triple this amount.
Asia Pacific also represents a key region and engine of growth for the global Travel Retail Channel. Current forecasts estimate that its beauty segment represents a potential market size of USD$26 billion by 2021; the proximity of Shiseido Travel Retail aims to empower and guide the team alongside this growth.
Shiseido was founded in 1872 as the first Western-style pharmacy in Japan. The business gradually evolved into a cosmetic company, offering consumers the most advanced technology and finest aesthetics available in the East or West. Shiseido is the premier cosmetics company with roots in Japan; and the name of Shiseido has come to represent the world’s highest standards of quality.
Shiseido’s global selection of skincare, makeup and fragrance includes a high-performance category for special skin care, and a brightening line. Shiseido also offers body care, suncare and a skincare line for men. Fiercely contemporary and innovative after 145 years in business, Shiseido is now sold in 88 countries and regions across the world.
Ernst & Young's EY wavespace™ in Singapore will help companies innovate and transform their businesses for growth opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Located at 77 Robinsons Road, the Singapore center is one of 18 flagship EY wavespace centers worldwide and it seamlessly connects with other flagships to enable global collaboration across the wavespace centers.
EY wavespace in Singapore focuses on the disruptive technologies of intelligent automation, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and robotic process automation, among other digital capabilities. The center seeks to combine EY insights in disruptive technologies with deep industry domain knowledge and market experience. Read more about this new innovation centre here.
Dyson, the UK-based company best known for its cordless vacuum cleaners has chosen to build its new electric car in Singapore.
Dyson already manufactures electric motors for its other products, such as vacuum cleaners and fans, in Singapore, where it employs 1,100 people. Employee numbers in Singapore will more than double after it completes the new electric car plant.
The company will break ground on its new factory in Singapore later this year with the first car scheduled to roll off the production line in 2021.
Toll Group operates an extensive global logistics network across 1,200 locations in more than 50 countries. It has opened a SGD$228 million next-generation logistics hub in Tuas by the name of "Toll City" which spans over 1 million square feet.
Toll City is purpose built and designed to cater for growth industries, including pharma and healthcare, component and parts management and eCommerce, while redefining supply chain excellence in the retail and FMCG industries.
But Toll City is more than a building — it’s a future-ready gateway to Asia Pacific and the world.
Situated less than 3km from the new Tuas Port, which will consolidate all of Singapore’s current container operations in one terminal by 2027, Toll City is an integrated local and regional hub that offers us the ability to move our goods with minimum on-ground transit time.
Toll City is designed to accommodate industry-specific technologies and automation for safer, more secure and faster throughputs and increased productivity to support future and current demands in the region.
Within an environment of innovation, Toll City provides the latest in logistics technology and advancements to continually improve their service offering.
One of their systems is the SiTadeL Supply Chain Control Tower - The award-winning IT platform which allows continuous service monitoring and management, enhancing the traceability and visibility of their supply chain at all stages. The system features a mobile application to give drivers a real-time view of transit times, a web application for operations and supplier management, and devices that monitor and trigger event excursions.
Archer Daniels Midland Company celebrated the opening of a cutting-edge flavor and ingredient creation, application, development and customer innovation center at the Biopolis research hub in Singapore. The opening of the 8,900-square foot (825-square meter) space will serve as the gateway to consumers in Southeast Asia and beyond and enable ADM to work closely with customers to create complete flavor and specialty ingredient solutions that meet consumer preferences for taste, nutrition, function and texture. It will be staffed by a team of food scientists, flavorists and applications experts, along with sales, marketing and regulatory personnel.
The new innovation center features a wide range of capabilities, including a food and flavor analytic lab; a beverage and dairy applications lab and pilot plant; a bakery and confectionery lab; a meat and savory lab; a sweet and savory creation lab; sensory evaluation facilities; and a customer innovation center.
Singapore is home to approximately 100 ADM employees. For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, they’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 32,000 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries.
This new 2-hectare test facility will support the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of AVs – NTU (CETRAN), which was launched on 1 Aug 2016 to spearhead the development of testing requirements for AVs. Together with CETRAN and its partners, LTA will work towards developing the necessary standards and testing regimes for the safe deployment of AVs on our public roads. As there are no existing international test standards or international certification bodies for AVs, CETRAN will anchor Singapore’s position as an industry leader in supporting the testing and eventual widespread deployment of AVs.
Jointly developed by LTA, NTU and JTC, the centre in the Jurong Innovation District will be managed by the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N).
In order to be integrated onto public roads, AVs need to be tested on their communication with other vehicles, road infrastructure as well as dispatch and routing systems. To facilitate the testing of AV navigation controls in a real-world environment, the test centre is designed to replicate the different elements of Singapore’s roads, with common traffic schemes, road infrastructure, and traffic rules. The circuit also features a rain simulator and flood zone to test AVs’ navigation abilities under different weather conditions.
To monitor the progress of AV testing, LTA has installed a network of seven 360-degrees close circuit television (CCTV) cameras at strategic locations across the test centre. Real-time footage from these cameras will be streamed back to the AutOnomous VehicLe MonItoring and EValuation SystEm (OLIVE) at LTA’s Intelligent Transport Systems Centre. Through OLIVE, LTA will be able to integrate data from AVs and the CCTVs to evaluate the readiness of AVs for public use. Please refer to the Annex for the Test Centre’s layout and detailed features.
For the first 43 years of its existence, the house of Givenchy was a monument to conservative good taste. Even so, right out of the box, innovation was also part of the equation. Hubert de Givenchy made a mark with his debut collection in 1952: It was based on separates, which a woman could mix and match and imprint with her own personal style, rather than wear slavishly as demonstrated by the designer and that was a novel concept for the time.
Riccardo Tisci, a young Italian with a Gothic sensibility, was appointed creative director since 2005.
In 1991, Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, Fresh Co-founders, set out to create the perfect artisanal soap. The launch of the now iconic Oval Soap Collection sparked their passion for developing products that are as indulgent as they are effective. It was Lev and Alina’s passion and clear vision that made Fresh the first company to pioneer the use of natural ingredients like sugar, milk, soy, and rice in modern day beauty treatments. They continue to launch brilliant beauty innovations, seeking out unique, natural ingredients used in time-honored rituals from across the globe.
Fresh creates modern alchemy by fusing innovative natural ingredients with time-honored beauty rituals for a sensorial experience that is as indulgent as it is effective.