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JTC to build first high-rise facility for heavy manufacturing

SINGAPORE — JTC said yesterday it will launch its first high-rise industrial facility that will meet the needs of heavy-duty manufacturers, which typically operate in land-based factories, as part of efforts by the Government to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) overcome land constraints.

An artist’s impression of JTC Space @ Tampines North. The building will have technical specifications such as wide corridors, floor that can withstand heavy loads and greater ceiling height, which are necessary for heavy, land-based industries. Photo: JTC

An artist’s impression of JTC Space @ Tampines North. The building will have technical specifications such as wide corridors, floor that can withstand heavy loads and greater ceiling height, which are necessary for heavy, land-based industries. Photo: JTC

SINGAPORE — JTC said yesterday it will launch its first high-rise industrial facility that will meet the needs of heavy-duty manufacturers, which typically operate in land-based factories, as part of efforts by the Government to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) overcome land constraints.

The nine-storey JTC Space @ Tampines North will have technical specifications such as high ceilings, floors that can withstand heavy loads and wide corridors, which are necessary for heavy, land-based industries. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of the year and is expected to be completed by 2016.

“The development is also designed to be future-ready, with designated vibration-sensitive space to accommodate new and emerging industries like additive manufacturing and robotics,” said JTC chairman Loo Choon Yong at the launch yesterday. “We are targeting to achieve a plot ratio of 3.0, the highest for an industrial development to date.”

Also speaking at the launch, Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang highlighted JTC’s efforts in supporting the Government’s push to help SMEs in the manufacturing sector thrive amid the manpower crunch and limited space in Singapore.

“A common feature among JTC’s latest projects is that they co-locate companies operating along different parts of the same value chain within a single development. Other projects help land-based companies transition to high-rise space. JTC Space @ Tampines North is one such project,” Mr Lim said. “Moving from ‘land’ to ‘space’ not only enhances our overall land use but also presents a good opportunity for SMEs to redesign their processes and reconfigure their production layouts to achieve higher labour productivity.”

Stretching across a site area of 1.13ha, JTC Space @ Tampines North will feature 105 high-rise units ranging between 160sqm and 260 sqm and five land-based units of 1,200 sqm to 1,900 sqm. The units can be expanded horizontally or vertically to form larger manufacturing spaces.

Tenants will benefit from natural ventilation and lighting and have access to a basement car park and a loading bay for container trucks.

But as industrial infrastructure improves, companies must do their part to stay competitive, Mr Lim urged.

“Singapore is entering a new phase of development. We are transforming our manufacturing landscape to position ourselves as the advanced manufacturing hub in the region. This will open up many new and exciting opportunities,” he said. “However, SMEs have to upgrade their capabilities, up-skill their workers and innovate, so they can keep up with the intensifying global competition and seize these growth opportunities.”

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