On 6 February 2020, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Chan Chun Sing, talked about rejuvenating one of Singapore’s oldest industrial estates, Sungei Kadut at the launch of Sungei Kadut Masterplan exhibition.
Sungei Kadut is home to timber, furniture, construction and waste recycling industries. It will be redeveloped to support the transformation of existing industries. Currently the industries are dispersed, and not optimally laid out. JTC, the government agency responsible for development and management of industrial estates, has launched specialized multi-user developments with shared facilities and services in Sungei Kadut to help the companies reduce business costs and improve productivity. For example, JTC worked with the Singapore Cranes Association to provide a shared open yard for the testing of heavy and tall machinery for the companies.
The government also wants Sungei Kadut to pioneer the growth of new industries. To ensure that Sungei Kadut remains ready to capture emerging opportunities, the government has reserved 200 hectares of land for new industries and uses. For a start, 18 hectares of land are being set aside for Phase 1 of an Agri-Food innovation Park (AFIP) to nurture the agri-tech sector. The Agri Food Innovation Park is expected to house best-in-class companies and R&D centers across the entire agri-tech value chain to encourage cooperation and capture synergies. Due to shortage of land, instead of production, Singapore will focus on the upstream R&D part and then partner other countries to scale up the production. This would also add to the resilience of our Singapore’s own food supply chains.
It is also being envisioned that Sungei Kadut will be transformed from only an industrial area into a dynamic and vibrant home for companies and workers. The minister said, “In the day, Sungei Kadut will be a bustling hive of research, education and business activities with co-working spaces for cross pollination of ideas and collaboration. In the evenings and in the weekends, Sungei Kadut will become a place for residents and public to relax, with farmers markets, farm-to-fork restaurants serving produce from our Agri-Food Innovation Park and waterfront park trails.”
(Sources: Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore; Business Times)