Two Swiss companies to open innovation centre in Singapore

SWITZERLAND'S leading global food technology provider, Bühler, and a world leader in flavours and fragrances, Givaudan are joining forces in a partnership to build a new innovation centre in Singapore, which will be dedicated to plant- based food with a focus on Asian markets. The new facility...

Swiss biz hub promotes trade and investment

SWITZERLAND Global Enterprise (S-GE), which operates an active Swiss Business Hub here in Singapore as the official Swiss organisation for trade and investment promotion, has a special focus on helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

ABB marks 50 successful years in Singapore

ZURICH-HEADQUARTERED ABB, founded by two Swiss engineering pioneers in 1891, will be celebrating its 50th year of operation in Singapore soon. The company was established in the Republic in 1970 and employs around 900 people to serve markets across South-east Asia and beyond.

Swiss tourism set for recovery

THE first woman president of Switzerland Tourism in more than 100 years, Brigitta Gadient has the challenging task of reviving the important tourism sector in her country. Elected as the head of the national tourism marketing agency for a four-year term with the option of re-election, she...

Family-owned firm makes high-tech sewing machines

BERNINA, a 127-year-old family owned Swiss international company, has a kind of startup in Singapore. A leading sewing machine company, it is a household name in Switzerland and around the world as Bernina products are mostly used in homes. The company is named after one of the highest peaks in...

V-Zug makes headway into Singapore kitchens

LEADING Swiss kitchen appliances company V-Zug is among the new wave of Swiss companies coming to Singapore to expand their business. Since making its debut here in 2018, the company has opened its flagship store in Scotts Square and V-Dining, it's very first fine dining establishment.

Innovative design solution for face mask

WHEN the Covid-19 pandemic hit and there was a shortage of face masks everywhere earlier this year, Jean-Luc Fringeli, a Swiss national who has been living in Singapore for five years, decided to do something about it. Director of a company called Mdesign Solutions, he decided to take a fresh...

Swiss investments in Singapore up S$22b

REFLECTING the strong and ever growing business ties between Switzerland and Singapore, Swiss investments here have shot up by a robust S$22 billion. Latest data from Singapore's statistics department shows that foreign direct investment (FDI) from Switzerland into Singapore climbed to a record...

Husband and wife team up for job sharing

A HUSBAND and wife team sharing one job position may be new to Singapore but it is a fairly well established practice in Switzerland's foreign ministry, which probably can claim credit as one of the most progressive organisations in the world when it comes to job sharing by couples. It is...

Bilateral cooperation in multiple ways

BILATERAL ties between Switzerland and Singapore continue to be strong and dynamic, and there is successful cooperation in multilateral forums as well, which is good in the current uncertain times, says Switzerland's Ambassador in Singapore, Fabrice Filliez.

Switzerland posts its first Defence Attaché to Singapore

IN view of the growing strategic importance of Southeast Asia, Switzerland posted Colonel (GS) Hans Eberhart as its first resident Defence Attaché to its embassy in Singapore in August last year. He is also accredited to Thailand.

Swiss central bank's only overseas branch office is in Singapore

SINGAPORE is so important as a leading financial centre in Asia that the Swiss National Bank's first and only overseas branch office is located in the Republic. Swiss National Bank (SNB) is the equivalent of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore's central bank.

Singapore consumer satisfaction at record high

HERE is some good news to cheer you up in these difficult times. It will be a huge morale booster to know that consumer satisfaction in Singapore has hit a new record high with service improvement across most industries. The national score in the 2019 Customer Satisfaction Index of Singapore (...

Online channels and self-ordering kiosks becoming popular

AN interesting finding of the annual CSISG study is that consumers here are increasingly taking to online channels as well as self-ordering kiosks, and those who are doing so are enjoying greater satisfaction compared to those who are still going the traditional way.

Customers keen to try out new digital banks

ALMOST half of the current banking customers are willing to try using the new digital banks which will operate entirely online without any physical bank branches. The survey of the finance and insurance sector done in the fourth quarter of last year showed that 43.3 per cent of customers are...

Bangladesh honours its founding father

BANGLADESH is celebrating the birth centenary of its founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and honouring him through year-long activities this year. Bangabandhu, as he is popularly known in the country, led the freedom struggle that resulted in the founding of Bangladesh as an independent...

Bangladesh seeks Singapore investments

SINGAPORE companies are showing an increasing interest to invest in Bangladesh in view of the friendly bilateral relations and improving economic conditions in the country of 167 million people with a growing middle class. A business delegation from Singapore visited Bangladesh last August to...

Lush landscapes, historic sites, engaging festivals

SINGAPOREANS looking for a new and exotic travel destination may want to consider Pakistan for their future travel plans as the country with a colourful and rich history offers a wide variety of opportunities. Its offerings range from exotic food, old fashioned bazaars and heritage sites to...

Pakistan to step up ties with Singapore

PAKISTAN is looking to step up its relations with Singapore in various fields with the possible signing of bilateral agreements and exchanging high level political visits between the two countries, says its High Commissioner in Singapore, Ms Rukhsana Afzaal, who arrived here last August.

International Built Environment Week

Sector must keep reinventing itself to meet evolving needs

SINGAPORE and the built environment industry here have had to constantly reinvent themselves to meet the evolving needs at every stage of the country's urbanisation, and this must continue to enable them to stay ahead of developmental roadblocks that may come in the way.

Foreign investors flock to Indonesia

INDONESIA is fast becoming a favourite of foreign investors with the country receiving an all-time record high of US$29.3 billion in new foreign direct investment (FDI) in nearly 22,000 projects last year, a significant increase over the previous year.