ASEAN in View: Najwa Latif

Imratul Najwa Abdul Latif, famously known by her stage name, Najwa Latif, was only 16 years old when she signed to NAR Records in 2011. A year later she released her self-titled debut album, ‘Najwa’. Though she sometimes sings in English, Najwa’s songs are mainly in her national language of Bahasa Malaysia. In 2013, Najwa became a campaign ambassador for Colgate’s Sixth Annual Ramadan Charity which helped to raise RM150,000 (US$36,000) for 15 orphanages in Malaysia.

2 July 2019

Check-6 Bakti: Getting it right every time

Leveraging on decades of experience working in the military, consultancy firm Check-6’s emphasis on leadership, teamwork and discipline is improving human performance and reducing occupational hazards across various industries.Mostly comprised of former military leaders with decades of combat involvement, their experience working in risky environments combined with attention to detail and planning means Check-6 are now being actively sought after to streamline processes in industries such as

27 June 2019

ASEAN in View: Nicol David

The winner of a record eight world championships and 81 Professional Squash Association (PSA) titles, Nicol David has a trophy cabinet that would be the envy of almost any other athlete.Bursting onto the scene in 1999 when she won the World Junior Squash Championships, the Malaysian was the longest reigning World No.1 in squash history after locking down the top spot for an unprecedented 109 consecutive months from 2006-2015.Announcing in February that she would retire when the 2018-2019 PSA

19 June 2019

ASEAN’s Premier Shopping Destination

Despite the various challenges facing retailers across the region, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands continues to be one of ASEAN’s premier shopping destinations.The luxury mall beneath what is perhaps Singapore’s most famous building – the Marina Bay Sands hotel – The Shoppes’ nearly 800,000 square feet of retail space occupied by brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel attracted a daily average of 120,000 shoppers last year.Unaffected by the sluggish global economy and the reg

18 June 2019

ASEAN In View: Telekung TEA

Telekung TEA (previously known as Telekung Era Alem) is a retail business selling mainly premium telekung both in stores as well as online. A telekung is a prayer garment, usually worn by Southeast Asian Muslim women, consisting of two pieces: a loosely-draped, one-piece hijab that extends to the knees and a long skirt that hides the feet. While the telekung typically comes in white, Telekung TEA offers its telekung in a wide variety of colours as well as with embroidery.

30 May 2019

Rold: Industry 4.0 the Italian way

While many large companies in ASEAN are piloting Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) initiatives in manufacturing, few small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have managed to integrate them in their processes successfully. Industry 4.0 manufacturing can be defined as the integration of internet-enabled technologies which allow networking in the production process.

19 May 2019

Sandvik Coromant: Factory of the future

Sandvik Coromant’s “digital thread” which spans throughout its factory in Gimo, Sweden, has seen it win international recognition from the World Economic Forum (WEF). Part of Swedish global industrial engineering group Sandvik, Sandvik Coromant is at the forefront of manufacturing tools and machining solutions that drive industry standards and innovations in the metalworking industry.The raised labour productivity in the company’s Gimo plant as a result of extensive automation saw th

18 May 2019

BMW: Driving Into The Future

Despite the big data, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) inherent in the Internet of Things (IoT), human capital remains the most important asset for the BMW Group as it embraces Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) technology. The iconic German car manufacturer's Regensburg plant was recently chosen as a ‘Lighthouse of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ by the World Economic Forum (WEF), a term it uses for 16 selected factories which have successfully incorporated

17 May 2019

Quadrans: Making ASEAN world class

Last month on 1 April, the Quadrans Foundation, established in 2018 and based in Mendrisio, Switzerland, announced the official public launch of its blockchain platform. The Quadrans Foundation revealed that this new platform will be made available to Southeast Asia and the rest of the world.Then, in just less than a month after the launch, Quadrans’ blockchain platform managed to garner as many as 168 active nodes.

17 May 2019

Yayasan Hasanah: Malaysia’s change agent

Developing human capital continues to be Yayasan Hasanah's overarching goal as it looks to drive more positive changes in Malaysian society.A non-government organisation (NGO) under Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah), Yayasan Hasanah collaborates with multiple stakeholders to infuse a spirit of advocacy and capacity building in five key focus areas; education, community development, environment, arts and public spaces and knowledge.Born as an independent

14 May 2019

Bigger crowds at Malaysia-Dutch fair

The Malaysian Dutch Business Council (MDBC) Connects Fair is growing from strength to strength.A trade support organisation that helps to forge and foster business ties between Malaysia and the Netherlands, the MDBC organises monthly events for its over 280 members.

25 April 2019

edotco: Driving Asia’s sustainable telco industry

Innovation, determination and a keen sense of foresight have been the cornerstones of edotco Group’s pioneering sustainability and green engineering drive.The only regional tower company in Asia, edotco currently owns, manages and operates around 29,600 towers on the continent – making it the 13th largest tower company in the world.Providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O

4 April 2019