HP HAS set up a new design centre for its business printers in Singapore.

Its 5,000 sq-foot Global Design Centre is located alongside its Depot Road manufacturing site, its first such facility outside the United States. Besides working on the look-and-feel of the printing giant's new products, its 35-man team of industrial and user-interface designers will also develop new projects like better graphical-user interfaces for touch-screen printer displays, and integrate Internet technologies into its products to allow users to send a document for printing remotely.

The site was officially opened on Wednesday by Minister of Information, Communications and the Arts Lui Tuck Yew.

In his opening address, Mr Lui said the electronics sector has been the 'lynchpin' of Singapore industrial growth, and one that continues to play a key role in its quest to become a knowledge-driven economy.
In 2009, he said, electronics manufacturing made up 30 per cent of Singapore's manufacturing output.

'It had also driven Singapore's transformation into a more R&D and knowledge-driven economy. This was evident by the fact that the electronics sector accounts for close to 60 per cent of total private sector R&D spending in 2008,' added Mr Lui.

HP opens new design centre