International logistics company Deutsche Post DHL will be opening its Asia Pacific Innovation Centre in Singapore next year. With an initial investment of S$10 million (US$7.7 million), the centre will focus on bringing innovative logistics services and solutions to DHL's operations the region.
The APIC will be located within the new S$160 million (US$123 million) DHL Supply Chain Advanced Regional Centre (ARC) building currently under construction in Tampines LogisPark. Due to be launched in the third quarter of 2015, the centre is a partnership with Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) and will be DHL's second innovation centre in the world. DHL's main Innovation centre is located in Troisdorf, Germany.
The centre will also house the region's first Asian Centre of Competence for Automation and invest in research to identify relevant automation technologies for Asian markets. The ARC will be designed for complex multi-sector and multi-user operations, showcasing cutting-edge automation solutions such as an automated storage and order picking system. In addition, DHL will recruit and train a local team of skilled specialists in automation for the new facility.
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