Seagate's new design centre to focus on making new-age storage devices

SINGAPORE - Seagate Technology on Friday opened a S$100 million design and R&D centre in Singapore that will house 500 research scientists and engineers. The Singapore Seagate Design Centre will focus on developing its next-generation of thin 2.5 inch storage drives.

The new facility, named "The Shugart" in honour of the founder of Seagate, Al Shugart, consists of two 9 & 6 Storey Blocks and three underground carpark levels. Seagate will bring all its research and development (R&D) staff in Singapore under one roof to enhance collaboration and innovation.

It will focus on the development of a range of 2.5-inch storage devices, and other storage technologies.

Stephen Luczo, chairman and chief executive of Seagate, told the media in a briefing that Singapore provided the right human capital and infrastructure for its R&D operations. He said: "For us to push the science where it needs to be pushed, you need to have state of the art labs, facilities and infrastructure. We're fortunate to be in a place like Singapore where we have the human capital.

"Singapore's contribution of world class infrastructure, business friendly climate, and great support from the Economic Development Board, JTC Corporation and other government agencies truly sets it apart," he said at the centre's opening ceremony later.

Minister for Trade and Industry Mr Lim Hng Khiang, who attended the ceremony, said the recent capacity and R&D expansions by companies affirm Singapore's continued competitiveness and strength in the Electronics Industry.

"The government would continue to partner the industry to enhance its competitiveness by growing and deepening capabilities in manufacturing and R&D," he added.

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