Seagate builds new S$100m Design and R&D Centre in Singapore

In a groundbreaking ceremony today, Seagate announced that the new facility will be located at one-north and is expected to completed in early 2015.

“The Shugart’ is Seagate’s S$100m investment in Singapore, and will be completed in early 2015.

The new Design and R&D Centre will be named “The Shugart” – after Seagate’s founder, Alan Shugart – and provide world-class research and development (R&D) facilities for the mobile storage R&D team in Singapore..

“The Singapore R&D team plays a key role within Seagate’s global R&D efforts. With growing consumer demand for tablets and notebooks, the need to innovate within the mobile storage solutions industry is critical,” said Mark Re, Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President, Research & Development, Seagate Technology.

The facility will be able to house up to 900 employees, and have have a gross floor area of approximately 40,880 square metres.

The Shugart will comprise a nine-floor tower connected to a six-floor tower with three basement levels.

It will focus on the development of 2.5-inch small form-factor products for notebooks, ultra-books, convertibles and tablets.

The new facility will allow all R&D personnel to be housed together, thus fostering greater collaboration and innovation.

From left: Mike Troemel, Vice President, Development Engineering of Seagate Technology; Bob Whitmore, Technical Advisor of Seagate Technology; Julian Ho, Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board; and Mark Re, Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President, Research & Development of Seagate Technology.

From left: Mike Troemel, Vice President, Development Engineering of Seagate Technology; Bob Whitmore, Technical Advisor of Seagate Technology; Julian Ho, Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board; and Mark Re, Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President, Research & Development of Seagate Technology.

Applications for 2.5-inch HDDs include the mobile compute market, thin and light devices, such as tablets and slim external storage products, DVRs, hybrid technology, and new opportunities such as network attached storage solutions.

Singapore has been a key market for Seagate for over 30 years and the development of this facility reflects Seagate’s confidence in the wealth of intellectual talent available here.

“Seagate’s new design centre in Singapore strengthens our leadership position in the creation of advanced storage solutions, and reaffirms our strong and enduring partnership with Seagate,” said Julian Ho, assistant managing director of the Singapore Economic Development Board.

Since the formation of the Singapore R&D team in 1984, the number of engineers, scientists and technologists has grown to over 500.

Currently, Seagate has three facilities in Singapore: the Seagate Singapore International Headquarters (IHQ), the Woodlands Recording Media operation that includes a S$1.3 billion extension in 2006 and the Science Park Design Centre.

The Science Park Design Centre team will be relocating to the new Shugart building.

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