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Abbott builds in Singapore

Thursday 7 February, 2008

I saw this tidbit by Bruce Japsen in the Chicago Tribune

Abbott is apending $280 million to build a plant to manufacture nutritional products in Singapore to serve southeast Asia. By way of background, Singapore is trying to establish itself as the “Biopolis of Asia” as a biomedical services hub for Asia. It already claims to be the hub for southeast Asia. This appears to fit within the specific clusters the local government is seeking to develop. Why Asia? Asia’s population is expected to grow from 3.2 billion people now to 5.6 billion in 2050.

I visited Singapore for a localization conference a few months before 9/11. It certainly is a high-tech society. I was surprised at how tropical the weather is. It didn’t even cool down at night. I understand the government is loosening up a little bit-you might even be able to chew gum on the subway now.

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