PHOTOS: P&G, NESTLE, GILL LAB, ABBOTT, 3M
8 Aug 2020, The Straits Times, by Anjali Raguraman
From Milo to snorkel-like silicone Gill masks used by healthcare professionals globally, Singapore is the surprising starting point for some of the most ubiquitous consumer products found around the world.Many were developed and are manufactured in factories and plants run by national industrial estate developer JTC Corporation.Mr Cheong Wee Lee, director of JTC's biomedical and electronics cluster, says: "You'll be surprised that many global and local brands are designing or producing things which are creating waves globally and easily recognised among Singaporeans, yet most didn't know that they are made on our shores.
"Ideas are flourishing, talents are tinkering, and things are coming alive at these creative and advanced manufacturing spaces."As Singapore celebrates its 55th birthday, The Sunday Times takes a look at some of the hidden gems that have put this little red dot on the map.Designed and invented in Singapore: SK-II R.N.A. Power skin care range
Devotees of beauty brand SK-II's best-selling products swear by their efficacy.The label still sources its core Pitera ingredient - a natural by-product of yeast fermentation with a cocktail of amino acids, minerals, vitamins and organic acids - from Japan.However, few may be aware that newer offerings like the SK-II R.N.A. Power range were formulated at the P&G Singapore Innovation Centre (SGIC) in Biopolis @one-north. American conglomerate Procter & Gamble (P&G) owns SK-II.SGIC - Singapore's largest private research facility and one of 15 such P&G research facilities in the world - is home to 466 scientists and engineers from 27 countries.
Designed and invented in Singapore: Ambi Pur Bathroom Fresh
OTHER MADE-IN-SINGAPORE PRODUCTS EXPORTED GLOBALLY
The Kimberly-Clark Tuas Mill is one of seven Kimberly-Clark facilities globally manufacturing Huggies baby wipes and its patented material. Every step of the production process - from raw material input and manufacturing to testing and packaging - is fully automated.