The new Schneider Electric headquarters for East Asia and Japan combines previously separate offices and operations across Singapore into a single location (Kallang) and is the site of the company’s first Innovation Hub outside of Europe (Paris) and the US (Boston). The March 29 launch was officiated by chairman & CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire and Singapore deputy PM Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
Spanning over 18,500 sq. m and home to over 1,200 employees, the Innovation Hub is a co-innovation platform designed to enable Schneider Electric to develop tailored solutions to optimize energy efficiencies for the building, healthcare, data center, oil & gas and utilities segments. Software engineers, solution architects and research scientists will work on EcoStruxure, the company’s IoT-enabled system architecture and platform.
To foster industry partnerships and advance capabilities to deliver better value to customers, Schneider Electric is providing the opportunity for partner companies to acquire digital integration expertise at the Innovation Hub. The EcoXpert Partner Program develops partnerships between Schneider Electric and the technology providers by providing systems integration competencies in building optimization, reliable infrastructures, and energy management.
And to deepen its R&D capabilities and expertise at the Hub, Schneider Electric is setting up a Machine Solutions Research & Development (R&D) team focusing on the enhancement and connectivity of controllers, communication and I/O modules. This team is one of four Machine Solutions R&D teams globally.
With the company’s expressed commitment to be fully carbon neutral by 2030, the East Asia & Japan HQ, which was retrofitted at a cost of S$23 million (US$17.7 million), is Schneider Electric’s first building in the region to use a hybrid electricity power source powered by onsite and offsite solar panels.