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Rolls-Royce opens largest Asian facility

Aircraft engine giant Rolls-Royce opened its largest Asian facility in Singapore on Monday as it looks to capitalise on the region's booming aviation sector.

The Rolls-Royce Seletar Campus will be the only facility outside of the firm's Derby plant in Britain to assemble, test and produce Trent 900 and Trent 1000 engines, the firm said.

The Trent 900 engine is widely used in the Airbus A380 superjumbo, while the Trent 1000 series can power Boeing's latest Dreamliner series.

Singapore Geared Up to be Leading Innovation Hub

Singapore has what it takes to be a hotbed for entrepreneurship andinnovation, says Michael Song, professor of marketing at the Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

He believes that Singapore's excellent education system, public policies and efficient government are key indicators that the city-state will be able to transform itself into a leading innovationhub.

Construction sector to get more boost

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has taken another step forward to help boost productivity in the sector with a technology initiative. 

BCA has tied up with software modelling company Tekla and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to promote the use of building information modelling (BIM) among industry practitioners. 

BIM is a three dimensional (3D) technology that can change the way buildings are designed and constructed and transform the construction industry.

Thales awarded contract for massive Singapore metro re-signalling project

Thales has been selected by SMRT Corporation Ltd. to supply its world-leading SelTrac® Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) solution to re-signal the North-South and East-West lines, plus an extension. The metro lines combined are more than 100 km long and serve 58 stations including those of the future Tuas West line extension. The entire system is expected to be operational by 2018.

Singapore is currently one of world's Top 10 growing airports

Which four other Asia Pacific airports made the cut as of the month of February?

Bangkok, Beijing, Jakarta and Manila also expanded its available scheduled seat capacity faster than virtually all other major airports. Combined, the five Asia Pacific airports represented 3.5 million additional seats for the month or 19% of the global growth amount, which is reflective of still-growing demand.

Job opportunities at S'pore Airshow

One thousand new jobs are opening in Singapore's aerospace and aviation sectors.

Half will come from opportunities to be announced at the Singapore Airshow in two weeks' time.

The six-day event starts on February 14, 2012.

Speaking to Channel NewsAsia, the Economic Development Board (EDB) said it expects four in five of these opportunities to go to Singaporeans.

The board said these openings come from 10 projects and joint ventures, among other things.