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SPRING Singapore to provide more help for SMEs

SPRING Singapore plans to assist more than 20,000 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) every year from 2012.

This will be carried out through their Enterprise Development Centres (EDCs).

Last year, EDCs provided business and productivity advisory services to 14,200 SMEs.

Among the services that EDCs provide is to help SMEs tap on the government's Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC).

Passenger traffic at Changi Airport up 11.2% in Feb

Passenger traffic at Changi Airport increased 11.2 per cent year-on-year to 3.77 million in February 2012.

According to the Changi Airport Group (CAG), there was "strong travel demand across all regions" last month.

In particular, traffic between Singapore and the Middle East grew more than 20 per cent, while other regions -- the Americas, Europe, South Asia and Southeast Asia -- also increased by double digits.

Technip awarded an engineering contract for PETRONAS’ RAPID project in Malaysia

Technip has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by PETRONAS for its proposed Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project located in the state of Johor, Malaysia.

RAPID aims at building a world-scale integrated refinery and petrochemical complex to answer the growing need for specialty chemicals and to meet the demand for petroleum and commodity petrochemical products in the Asia Pacific region by 2016.

Nestle to invest more than S$5.5m to strengthen R&D base in S'pore

Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle celebrates its 100th year in Singapore.

A century on, 95 per cent of of all Singaporean households still have at least one Nestle product in their homes.

Brands such as Milo, Nescafe and Maggie continue to be staples in many Singaporean households, but Nestle said it has to keep up with customers through innovation.

The company plans to invest more than S$5.5 million to strengthen its R&D base in Singapore.

Singapore, Seventh Destination for Air France’s A380 this Summer

On 1 April 2012, Air France will start operating an Airbus A380 on the Paris-Charles de Gaulle-Singapore route for the first time. This first commercial flight will be followed by regular services three times a week from June to the end of October 2012.

On departure from Singapore, Air France is offering 38 weekly code-share connecting flights with Qantas to five destinations in Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaïde.