Singapore, 18 January 2021 – NCS today launched NEXT Shenzhen Innovation Centre (SIC) in China to drive innovation and talent development aimed at helping enterprise clients accelerate their digital transformation efforts. The SIC will bolster NCS’ growth strategy as it expands its presence in the Greater China market to provide regional clients direct access to leading-edge technologies and expertise.
Located at Tian’an Cloud Park in Shenzhen, NCS’ first innovation centre in China will specialise in developing 5G-enabled IoT applications, digital twin and blockchain solutions for industries such as financial services, telecommunications and real estate. The SIC houses a demonstration area, design thinking studio and digital factory in a 1,400 square metre space, where clients can work closely with NCS’ team of resident experts to jointly develop digital projects to improve business performance and unlock new growth opportunities. The centre will serve as a hub to fuel the growth of a cross-border innovation ecosystem for NCS’ clients, partners and tech start-ups.
Mr Ng Kuo Pin, CEO, NCS said, “The launch of NCS NEXT Shenzhen Innovation Centre underscores our commitment to help our clients in Asia Pacific transform by harnessing the best of digital innovation. The SIC forms part of NCS NEXT Innovation Triangle, through which our clients can tap NCS’ innovation capabilities in Singapore, Melbourne and Shenzhen to get access to best-of-breed technologies, digital capabilities and deep-tech talent across the region. We are pleased to partner our clients and partners to build a cross-border innovation ecosystem to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences. The establishment of SIC also provides a growth platform for Singaporeans to gain wider exposure to the innovation landscape in China, providing opportunities for ICT students and professionals to collaborate on innovative projects in Shenzhen.”
Mr Kiren Kumar, Deputy Chief Executive, IMDA said, “IMDA congratulates NCS on the opening of the NEXT Shenzhen Innovation Centre. The Shenzhen Innovation Centre will boost the development of innovation and talent initiatives in the region, promoting cross-border innovation and talent exchange. We hope that the centre will create new exciting opportunities for businesses and communities to drive trade and connectivity in a digital economy.”
Since its establishment as China’s first economic zone, Shenzhen has become a hub for innovation and investments. NCS will be collaborating with ecosystem partners and clients in Singapore and China to drive initiatives with a focus on digital innovation. DBS, one of the SIC’s anchor tenants, plans to leverage the innovation centre to testbed innovations using emerging technologies such as 5G, IoT and blockchain to enable greater cross-border collaboration, increased trade flows and better workforce engagement.
Mr Jimmy Ng, Group Chief Information Officer and Head of Group Technology & Operation of DBS said, “With innovation being a key driver of economic growth and recovery in the post-COVID-19 next normal, it is crucial for companies to tap on the strengths of ecosystem partners and networks to augment technology resources and grow supply chains. DBS is pleased to partner IMDA and NCS in establishing the NEXT Shenzhen Innovation Centre, which will be an important digital springboard for businesses looking to expand their presence in China. DBS is uniquely positioned to avail our deep digital and financial capabilities as well as regional insights to support companies on both sides of the border to grow their business as trade activity between Singapore and Shenzhen ramps up. This partnership will also enable us to access technology resources to complement our twin technology hubs in Singapore and Hyderabad.”
The SIC will also play an important role in driving talent development through job attachments and rotations. NCS will offer talent exchange opportunities for its employees to be deployed at the centre to promote cross-pollination of ideas and to develop cross-cultural skills. In addition, NCS will also offer internships for Singapore and Shenzhen students under the Singapore-China Youth Interns Exchange Scheme.