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Jian Huang Group

Leading Professionals in Construction Writer: Emily JarvisProject Manager: Ben WiggerSince 1996, Jian Huang Group has built an impressive portfolio of construction projects which are known for their high quality finishes and timely delivery. With business activities spanning from project management services, rental, sales of equipment, environmental solutions and property development, the Group offers a whole host of solutions to complement the construction industry and associated subsectors across Singapore, China, Vietnam and the Middle East.Key to Jian Huang’s prospering growth in recent years has been its dedication to individual projects through the provision of vertically integrated, value-add services. By nurturing strong relationships with clients, General Manager of Jian Huang Group of Companies, Yew Boon Cheat (BC) believes that the Company’s unique selling point is its enthusiasm not just during a build, but the all-inclusive end-to-end service it provides throughout the design and construction process: “Our team of highly skilled managers work closely with our clients, examining ways to enhance the value of the project. Each project also has a panel of consultants which is our way of ensuring the creation of the perfect building that meets all the required specifications.”The business has been the main contractor of three to four construction projects on average every year since 2007, including multi-million dollar industrial developments for a whole host of internationally renowned companies including US semi-conductor manufacturers, Kulicke & Soffa.Further, the Group’s total commitment to safety, quality, cost effectiveness and on-time delivery has enabled it to grow from strength to strength, even obtaining the ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001 and OHSAS

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Lian Beng Group

Laying the Foundations to Dream Even BiggerWriter: Emily JarvisProject Manager: James MitchellLian Beng Ltd remains cautiously optimistic of its core construction business, which promises to provide a sustainable flow of construction activities through to the end of 2017 via an impressive order book of S$821 million, as at November 2014. As one of Singapore’s major indigenous building construction Groups, Lian Beng is one of the few which has integrated its civil engineering and construction support service capabilities in order to offer an all-encompassing solution.The construction arm of the business has come a long way since opening its doors in 1973. The now-Executive Chairman, Ong Pang Aik joined his father to help run the family business in 1978, transforming the Company from a subcontractor undertaking small-scale civil engineering, to a building and construction authority (BCA) grade A1 main contractor operating across the property development, industrial, commercial and civil engineering subsectors.The A1 rating allows Lian Beng to tender for public sector building projects of unlimited contract value and similarly, its A2 grade in civil engineering allows the Company to tender for engineering projects of up to S$85 million in contract value.Apart from construction, Lian Beng also engages in property development, mostly through joint ventures. Some of its completed and ongoing property development projects include; Lincoln Suites, M-Space, Spottiswoode Suites, The Midtown & Midtown Residences, NEWest, KAP Residences, Eco-tech@Sunview and Hexacube. In addition, Lian Beng has also developed and presently operates a workers’ dormitory, through a joint venture at Mandai Estate.“While we have diversified into property development along with

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Infrascope Study Reveals Improvement in Asia-Pacific’s Readiness for Infrastructure PPPs

Most countries in Asia-Pacific are in a strong position to carry out the joint public-private deals that are essential to improving the region’s infrastructure, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (The EIU’s) ‘Evaluating the environment for public-private partnerships (PPP) in Asia-Pacific’ report. The 2014 Asia-Pacific Infrascope, a benchmarking index that assigns scores to PPP capacity in individual countries and the region as a whole, shows significant improvement in transaction flows over the past three years and identifies the important role of early development of regulatory and institutional frameworks in overall PPP market effectiveness.  It is noteworthy that all countries included in the last Asia-Pacific Infrascope, produced in 2011, improved their ratings in 2014, with greater convergence of scores in the latest study in the emerging-market group, many of which experienced large overall gains in the study.The study uses 19 indicators to measure a country’s ability to mobilise private investment in infrastructure through PPPs. Commissioned by the Asian Development Bank, the Index was built by, and its assessments made by The EIU. This is the second edition of the Asia-Pacific Index. It is unique in that it incorporates in-depth industry knowledge and analysis, interviews with country and regional field experts, a supporting literature review, and comprehensive secondary research. As a benchmarking and learning tool, the index is intended to assess progress in the environment for PPPs in infrastructure and to encourage change. Four countries - Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, as well as one new sub-national jurisdiction, Sindh province- have been added to the study, bringing the total

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Borderless nubia Z9 Smartphone Launches in China

nubia, a China-based high-end Android smart phone manufacturer, has unveiled its 2015 flagship device, the nubia Z9, available in max and mini sizes, in Beijing.The nubia Z9 boasts various pioneering features such as a visually borderless screen and easier smart phone controls, creating a superior user experience and reflecting the company's long-term efforts at innovation. “Innovation never stops. It has been the major driver for the development of a smart phone industry where imagination is the originate power. Two years after being founded, this power has allowed nubia to become an industry pioneer in comparison with other brands,” said Ni Fei, CEO of nubia. “In the future, the world will embrace a revolution of smartphone interaction technology. Revolution starts from imagination, the launch of the nubia Z9 is just the beginning.” The standout feature of the nubia Z9 is the visually borderless 5.2-inch screen. With arc Refractive Conduction (aRC) technology, the nubia Z9 offers greater visual effects than those from other devices of a similar size while the design makes it more ergonomic and easy to hold. The borderless design is not only an amazing improvement in terms of aesthetics but also a step forward for users to control their smart phone in a more interactive way. By adopting Frame interactive Technology (FiT), the nubia Z9 allows users to control their phones by touching just the edge of the screen. For instance, users can launch the camera application immediately by simply turning the phone sideways and placing four fingertips on the edge of the screen. Other control enhancements include taking one-handed selfies or

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First Residents of SkyVille@Dawson Receive Keys as Project Nears Completion

An ambitious construction project that offers something a little different to the Singaporean middle and working class, SkyVille@Dawson has completed the first phase of development, allowing residents to receive the keys to their units.Touted to be completed by the third quarter of 2015, the project aims to provide flexible layouts based on column-free, beam-free apartment spaces, maximising the space and making allowance for diverse family sizes with various lifestyles.Dawson's remaking plans included new ideas such as the “Housing-in-the-Park” concept. Award-winning local architects were appointed to translate their ideas into the design proposals. “Each home is designed to be part of a Sky Village, comprising 80 homes that share a naturally ventilated community terrace and garden. Every tower is composed of four vertically-stacked Sky Villages across three interconnected blocks with a total of 12 villages and 960 homes,” says WOHA, the architects behind the build. Awarded Platinum, Singapore’s highest sustainable rating, the project adopts passive design strategies and maximises construction technologies for precast components. In total, the project features over 1.5 hectares of public gardens and achieves a 100 percent green plot ratio.Given that approximately 80 percent of Singaporeans live in public housing and choose to buy rather than rent their units, SkyVille@Dawson provides high quality apartments for under a half the price of the average market-rate for similar units.“It's about creating a conducive family living environment because some of the new flats in SkyVille have very flexible layouts. A young couple may need to have bigger rooms when the children comes they can partition their flats to have

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Kori Holdings Wins Four Contracts Worth S$30 Million

Catalist-listed Kori Holdings Limited has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kori Construction (S) Pte Ltd, has been awarded contracts amounting to an aggregate of S$30 million, as part of the Thomson-East Coast MRT Line. The contracts were awarded by:- Hock Lian Seng Infrastructure Pte Ltd for the supply, fabricate, installation and removal of temporary strutting works at Contract T223 Maxwell Station- Gammon Construction Limited for the supply, installation and removal of temporary strutting and decking works at Contract T210 Mayflower Station- China Railway No.5 Engineering Group Co. Ltd for the strutting and decking works at Contract T209 Lentor Station- Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co. Ltd for the strutting, deckpost, kingpost, decking and sheet piling at Contract T225 Marina Bay Station and variation works at Contract T206 Construction of Tunnels between Woodlands Station and Woodlands Avenue 12 Kori is a Singapore-based multi-discipline engineering and construction services company. It is principally engaged in providing civil/structural engineering and infrastructural construction services as a sub-contractor for commercial, industrial and public infrastructural construction projects. Its customers include local and overseas developers in the engineering construction industry. “We are pleased to be at the forefront of this new phase of development for the Thomson-East Coast MRT Line. We would like to thank our partners for their trust and confidence in us and which affirms our longstanding proven track record established over the years,” commented Mr Hooi Yu Koh, CEO and Managing Director of Kori Holdings Limited. In August and December of 2014, Kori Construction (S) Pte Ltd was also awarded contracts worth S$71.4 million as part of

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China-Pakistan Superhighway worth $46 Billion Gets Go Ahead

China and Pakistan have launched a plan worth $46 billion to link their economies by forging “Silk Road” land and sea ties to allow for better reach to the Middle East and Europe. With growth in key industry areas such as energy and infrastructure becoming vital to future development and international relations, the two countries’ economic ambitions will serve to meet growing demand for trade. China’s President Xi Jinping signed the agreement for a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the 20th April, which includes a network of roads, railways and pipelines between the long-term allies in the next 15 years. They will span 1,865 miles from Gwadar, Pakistan, to China’s western Xinjiang region, giving China direct access to the Indian Ocean and beyond. The $46 billion figure is around 20 percent of Pakistan’s own GDP, and is more than the GDP of 106 countries worldwide. “The aim of the project is simple: to create a trade route, or ‘superhighway’, from the western Chinese city of Kashgar to the southern Pakistani port of Gwadar,” says news platform Desiblitz. Pakistan and China have held close diplomatic military and economic ties for decades. Under the CPEC development, the Chinese government and banks will lend to Chinese companies to allow them to invest in projects as commercial ventures. Moreover the new routes will provide China with cheaper market access to the Middle East by providing an alternative trade route, rather than using its current ports on the eastern and southern coasts; these areas are vital for the country’s oil imports. “The Chinese are stepping

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HWA Seng Builder

Unwavering Commitment to World-Class StandardsWith a long-term goal to become more involved in some of Singapore’s major infrastructure projects, Hwa Seng Builder strives to emerge as a leader in civil engineering Writer: Emily JarvisProject Manager: Arron RamplingAlthough a relatively young company, Singapore-based Hwa Seng Builder Pte Ltd (HSB) has already made a name for itself as a leading, award-winning provider of civil engineering and construction in Singapore; and is eager to become more competitive this year in order to win new projects.According to Thomas Ng, HSB Managing Director, in the years since its founding in 1992, the Group has grown to become a force to be reckoned with in a number of fields across its three subsidiaries; Hwa Seng Builder Pte Ltd, Hwa Seng Investment Pte Ltd and CNH Investment Pte Ltd.“We work on a wide range of infrastructure projects such as building expressways, runways, bridges, road and drainage systems; golf courses and all other works and general building construction. We also have subsidiaries which deal with property development, particularly private apartments,” Ng said.HSB was originally established as a way of tapping into local technical know-how, expertise and resources. Now, the company has become a go-to provider for the region thanks to the consistent high level of quality it is able to provide.“We have two decades of experience working in Singapore,” Ng said, demonstrating a clear understanding of the ingredients needed to see the company succeed. “We have wide ranging experience in the field and a team of expert professionals and management who are committed to their tasks

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Ranchan Group

Bringing International Thinking to MalaysiaRanchan Group delivers cutting-edge technology to the ports of Southeast Asia and the Middle East while forging ahead with a globalisation strategy for ports around the world Writer: Emily JarvisProject Manager: Ben WiggerThe former Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir once said that Malaysia would one day be recognised as a maritime nation. Today, Ranchan Group firmly believes this dream can be realised, through direct empowerment of Malaysian maritime industry players; using the latest technological advancements accompanied by strong government support. Moreover, the company is evolving beyond the country’s borders and looking closely at international business opportunities that will set Ranchan further apart from the competition. “A considerable number of Malaysian companies are dependent on government projects. However, given that Malaysia is surrounded by water, there are tremendous opportunities for the company internationally and Ranchan Group has the experience to go out and pitch development ideas via new business opportunities,” says Group Managing Director, Mr Chandrasegaran Uthamaseelan, who hopes to list the heavy engineering and maritime divisions of Ranchan on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange by 2020.As a relatively young contender in the maritime, heavy engineering and technology sectors, Ranchan was first incorporated in 2006 and comprised just three team members with an initial focus in heavy engineering. Setting its sights on becoming an end-to-end marine transportation provider for the port industry, Ranchan also created a range of services to support major shipping lines by providing container feeder services to and from Malaysia and Indonesia. “Now with more than 50 members of staff across various

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ARCADIS and UN-Habitat Celebrate Five Years of the Shelter Programme

ARCADIS, the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, and UN-Habitat, the United Nations Agency for Human Settlements, have celebrated the fifth anniversary of Shelter, their partnership aimed at improving the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. Through the programme, which was first established in March 2010, ARCADIS provides pro-bono expertise for UN-Habitat’s humanitarian projects, contributing to key activities of UN-Habitat. During these first five years, more than 50 missions, training events and other Shelter activities have been organized in Asia, Africa and Central America. These events have seen more than 500 ARCADIS experts share their expertise and skills to help move forward the UN-Habitat mission. Shelter missions have included support after the earthquake in Haiti, master planning for secondary cities in Rwanda, a master plan for the redevelopment of Tacloban in the Philippines after the devastating typhoon, coastal management in Sri Lanka, Senegal and Costa Rica and climate change adaption in Mongolia and Mozambique. Neil McArthur, Chief Executive, ARCADIS said: “We are very pleased to celebrate five years of the Shelter programme.  Many communities around the globe have benefited from the expertise that the programme has given them access to.  Moreover, it is very popular with our people who enjoy the opportunity to use their skills to make a difference in developing countries facing real, tangible problems.” UN Under-Secretary-General and UN-Habitat Executive Director, Dr Joan Clos, said: “The private sector can play a key role in meeting urban challenges. Staff at ARCADIS have shown commitment and dedication to the Shelter programme which

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