July 30, 2014
Ingredion Incorporated, one of the world’s leading providers of ingredient solutions, has made a series of significant investments in Asia, as it strengthens its presence and capabilities in the region. Over the last 12-24 months, the company has opened or renovated a number of offices, distribution centres and technical facilities across Asia-Pacific, signalling its continued commitment to serving customers around the region.
In June this year, Ingredion’s team in Indonesia celebrated the opening of their new office in T.B Simatupang, South Jakarta – a growing business centre, which is close to Jendral Sudirman, the main business district of Jakarta, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. A new office in the Philippines was also opened this year in Ortigas Centre, Pasig City – a major financial and central business district.
In June 2013, a new two-storey, 726 square-metre facility was opened in Bupyeong, South Korea, housing a materials warehouse, maintenance warehouse and a modern employee cafeteria. Known as “Ungbigwan” which means “to ascend powerfully into the sky”, the name was chosen to symbolize Ingredion Korea’s aspirations to make great progress.
These openings are in addition to a major renovation of the laboratory at Ingredion’s Tokyo Facility in Japan, a new meat laboratory in Thailand, which has become the processed meat centre for Ingredion in Asia-Pacific, and a new office complete with development kitchen in Sydney, Australia.
This November, Ingredion will be unveiling its new home of innovation at Biopolis, Singapore’s purpose-built R&D hub. Housing its first major innovation centre in the region, the expanded Asia-Pacific Headquarters will feature the latest equipment including a modern, state-of-the-art Culinology® Centre to facilitate chef-and-customer interaction, dedicated application areas, sensory facilities and a pilot plant.
“The expansion of our Asia-Pacific Headquarters in Singapore, together with the other investments we have made in the region, will greatly increase our R&D capabilities, accelerate development, inspire innovation and enhance the entire customer experience.” says Jorgen Kokke, Vice-President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific.
A centre with sensory and Culinology facilities in Shanghai is also scheduled for opening later this year.