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Veolia Water Technologies

Untapping Potential The need to safeguard and manage water sustainably is more important than ever, and Veolia Water Technologies is leading the charge with clients across the food and beverage sector    Writer: Tom Wadlow  |  Project Manager: Matthew Cole-Wilkin Water, despite covering 71 percent of the earth’s surface, is facing unprecedented pressure to supply our needs.   Although the planet is blanketed by oceans, it is freshwater that holds the key to sustaining so much natural and manmade life. Whether it be plant photosynthesis, rearing animals or human hygiene, it is unquestionably our most precious resource.  The problem? Just 2.5 percent of water is fresh, and 99 percent of this is not easily accessible, the vast majority trapped in glaciers and snow.   Industries therefore face a battle to locate and preserve enough water to meet their requirements, the food and beverage (F&B) sector being the most prominent example.   “Water is the lifeblood of the F&B industry,” asserts Thomas Debruyne, Market Manager (F&B) & Digital Transformation Manager, Veolia Water Technologies, Asia Pacific. “The water footprint for the production of common F&B products reflects the pressure that the industry has placed on freshwater resources.  “Who would have imagined that 150 litres of freshwater is required to produce a small cup of coffee? Or that breweries produce, on average, four times more wastewater than beer, with the potential to harm the environment?”  The statistics are unrelenting. For instance, 70 percent of global freshwater withdrawals are made by the F&B industry, which includes the agriculture sector, making it the world’s largest user. By

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TNB Repair And Maintenance Sdn. Bhd. (TNB Remaco)

Upholding the Energy Industry Having embodied excellence throughout its history, TNB REMACO is striding towards its vision of becoming the preferred service provider for the regional energy market   Writer: Jonathan Dyble  |  Project Manager: Matt Cole-Wilkin Fuelled by a surge in socioeconomic development, urbanisation and industrialisation, the need for energy in Asia is becoming ever more pressing by the day.  According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, energy consumption in Southeast Asia nearly doubled between 1995 and 2015, growing at 3.4 percent annually during this period. What’s more, this growth in demand is expected to ramp up to 4.7 percent per year until 2035, driven by the expanding requirements of the power, industrial, transportation and construction sectors.  Faced with this inevitable rise, TNB Repair And Maintenance Sdn. Bhd. (TNB REMACO) is one company that will be crucial to upholding the region’s power ambitions.  “TNB REMACO was first incorporated as a subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Malaysia’s largest electricity utility, in 1995,” states Zainudin Sabai, recalling the company’s history. “Over the years, it has accumulated a proven track record of providing services to the industry, particularly in power plant repair and maintenance and the provision of holistic solutions in every aspect of power plant operation and management.”  Having spoken with TNB REMACO 16 months ago, it’s clear to see that the company’s long-standing reputation has not changed, still renowned for its extensive accomplishments and an esteemed track record, not only within Malaysia but equally across Southeast Asia, Kuwait, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. “We call ourselves a one-stop service provider,”

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Sunfert International

Fertility Services Reborn Sunfert International is stepping up to fulfil the growing need for affordable treatment by expanding its network of state-of-the-art clinics across Malaysia    Writer: Tom Wadlow  |  Project Manager: Callam Waller By 2026, the global demand for in-vitro fertilisation is expected to be worth $36.2 billion.   Projected to grow at a rate of 10.2 percent a year, the IVF market is being driven by numerous factors. These include the increasing incidence of infertility owing to lifestyle changes, government initiatives to provide better reimbursement policies, and efforts by industry contributors to open up access to such services.  In Malaysia, the need for affordable IVF and other fertility services is rising.   “Fertility treatment in Malaysia is largely unfunded,” explains Dr Wong Pak Seng, Founder and Managing Director of fertility clinic operator Sunfert International.   “Though there are some allocations for free treatment in some government hospitals, this funding is erratic. Hence, the fertility services are predominantly in the private practice.   “There are about 40 fertility centres in Malaysia, mostly small centres scattered predominantly throughout the larger cities in the peninsular. As treatment is expensive, most couples who require treatment cannot afford it. There is a definite need for affordable fertility services in the country.”  This is where his company Sunfert International comes in.  “Having worked in and visited several clinics both locally and overseas, I felt that there was a need for a patient-orientated fertility centre, offering value and good outcomes,” Pak Seng continues. “We were also able to draw on the expertise of our international partners, New Zealand’s

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Restaurants Development Co.

Restaurants Development Co. Thailand is making huge strides with the KFC brand, and is on course to reach 200 stores by the end of 2019.

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Pizza Hut Singapore

From two brothers with $600 and an idea to outlets in 84 countries globally, the Pizza Hut brand has reached international stardom. Its Singaporean operations provide the evidence.

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Craft Holdings

Mastering a Craft Focused on designing, building and delivering tailored solutions that exceed client expectations, Craft Holdings is championing unorthodox and progressive construction innovation   Writer: Jonathan Dyble  |  Project Manager: Tom Cullum   Asia. Home to more than 4.5 billion people and accounting for roughly $30 trillion of global GDP, it is little surprise that this is the world’s largest continental economy.  Rewind to the turn of the decade, however, and the current status quo was entirely different, a time when Asia was bested by both Europe and North America and accounted for merely a third of the GDP that it does today.   Prolonged periods of growth and the rise of a number of emerging regional markets are key to this rapid rise over the past nine years, markets that have come to embrace globalisation, industrialisation and modernisation throughout this period.  The movement of the construction industry is a key indicator of this, with Euler Hermes citing that over 57 percent of global construction growth over the past decade has come from emerging markets.  To say these recent years alone have dictated this upturn, however, would be untrue, as a number of enterprises with intelligent strategic ideas, such as Craft Holdings, have made the most of the growth in opportunities for prolonged periods.  Now standing as the region’s only specialist contractor able to provide a total solution for façade, unitised roofing and interiors projects, Craft has continued to profit from these positive prospects for a quarter century, largely owed to its innovative and entrepreneurial approach.  “From an industry

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Axiata Digital Services

Malaysia’s Digital Dynamo As the country continues to embrace a tech-driven society and economy, Axiata Digital Services is developing its portfolio of services to help businesses and consumers make the transition   Writer: Tom Wadlow  |  Project Manager: Vivek Valmiki Malaysia is on its way to becoming a digital society, in part due to the evolving digital landscape in the country.   It is a huge focus for the country’s governmental authorities, and the recent work of bodies such as the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia has been influential in this ongoing journey.   “Over the last 10 years, we have witnessed a convergence of new digital technology and innovation which is rapidly transforming the world,” comments Khairil Abdullah, CEO of Axiata Digital Services (ADS), another organisation pioneering digital change across Malaysia.   “To stay ahead of the curve, more companies will undergo digital transformations as they adopt and incorporate new technologies and solutions to remain competitive and relevant.  “However, the adoption of digital technologies by some businesses and SMEs in Malaysia still lags far behind, which is a cause for concern because it will be important to be equipped with the necessary knowledge, innovations and skills to thrive in a digital future.”  It is for this reason that Axiata Digital was established in 2013.   The digital services arm of the telco Axiata Group, ADS was set up to support the increasingly digital lifestyle and nature of consumers and businesses. It was formed with a team of experts across eight verticals, from ecommerce to entertainment, the division once comprising of some 30

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Archetype Group

Construction Made Creative A world-class infrastructure consultant operating in 15 countries, Archetype Group is transforming Asia’s landscapes with proactive, entrepreneurial perspectives   Writer: Jonathan Dyble  |  Project Manager: Tom Cullum   Infrastructure is set to spark Southeast Asia’s economic boom, owed to the expectation that spending on construction projects will grow substantially during the coming years.  According to PwC, for example, construction spending in Indonesia will grow to around $165 billion by 2025, while industry expenditures in Malaysia and the Philippines are forecast to grow at approximately nine and 10 percent a year respectively during the same timeframe.  As such, the opportunities in Asia are slated to represent almost 60 percent of the global market within the next six years, providing an abundant increase in demand that innovative industry figureheads such as Archetype Group are poised to capitalise on.  “We’re proud to be a leading construction consultancy for world-class projects,” explains Mark Prowting, the Managing Director of Archetype Group’s Indonesian operations. “We harness the creativity of our people, enabling the company to be a pioneering and passionate multi-disciplinary business.”   Having begun life as a team of just eight employees stationed in Vietnam (seven in Hanoi and one in Ho Chi Minh City) in September 2002, the company has continued to go from strength to strength.  “We quickly expanded in Cambodia,” adds Prowting, “and soon after reached Thailand in 2004, India in 2005, France in 2006 and Laos in 2009. We also established Archetype Environment in partnership with Berim and Altereo during this time – our environmental consultancy.”  From these

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Asia Outlook Issue 39 | APAC Outlook Magazine

Asia Outlook Issue 39, the B2B magazine for c-suite business leaders and executives across the APAC region.

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Amazon injects $404 million into India business

Amazon has recently infused $404 million into its India business as it seeks to climb up to the top of the online services market.

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