Trumpf Pte Ltd
Read about our 25 year tenants on their take of the German Centre Singapore.
Congratulations on being our valued customer for almost 25 years! As we, the German Centre Singapore are turning 25 years, we want to say DANKESCHÖN – a big THANK YOU!
Could you tell us more about your company, what kind of products, services or solutions do you offer as well as the type of customers you serve?
TRUMPF is one of the world’s leading companies for machine tools, laser technology and electronics for industrial applications. We also provide software solutions that help companies gear towards becoming a ‘Smart Factory’, where high-tech processes are implemented in industrial electronics manufacturing.
During these 25 years, why was it important for your company to have a ‘footprint’ in Singapore and why do you choose the German Centre Singapore?
Singapore has always been viewed as Asia’s regional hub, with nearly half of the world’s multinational companies choosing to have their regional headquarters in Singapore. It has excellent global connectivity with over 20 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) which provides access to markets in partner countries and 80 Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreements (DTAs).
Singapore also offers a highly skilled and cosmopolitan labour force, which ranks 1st in Asia Pacific and 3rd worldwide on the 2020 INSEAD Global Talent Competitiveness Index. Apart from this, the location is geographically ideal for our target markets which enable us to react and reach our customers within the shortest time possible. These are just few of the pull factors that enticed us as a company to first establish our office in Singapore.
For German companies, the German Centre (GC) serves as a platform of communication and experience. The German Centre also functions as a partner who provides support when it comes to offices, exhibition spaces and storage facilities as well as a great industry network.
Your company has been in the German Centre for 25 years, what are some of the advantages of being in the building?
One great advantage is the in-house network of supporting services that help to run our business: from travel agencies to logistics providers and banking services.
An additional advantage is also the events that are held by the German Centre. For instance, the annual B2B networking Oktoberfest event – it serves as a platform not only to socialize, but in a sense, it also serves as a ‘home away from home’ for Germans working here.
Being a long serving tenant, what does your company look forward to on your future landlord-tenant relationship with the German Centre Singapore?
We are looking forward to hosting more events and in-depth collaborations with the German Centre, with the aim of creating brand awareness for both parties.
What advice would you give to other companies who would like to set up their business in the German Centre Singapore?
For companies that are considering to set up their business, even if it’s just in the early stages of scouting for a location, I believe that the German Centre team would be more than happy to show and talk you through the process. Especially with the flexibility of office spaces offered at the German Centre Singapore, you can start with a shared office space or mini office, and expand to a larger office in the same building when the need arises.
Lastly, what is the best experience / memory you have of the German Centre during these 25 years?
As a previous occupant for a unit on the first floor, we used to have machines moving in and out of the unit, and whenever that happens, the security of GC had to be involved. Despite it being a long and tiring process for them, they have never failed to carry out their jobs with a smile. This also reflects the German Centre’s positive culture that it has fostered as a community.
One of the most remarkable events in our history of TRUMPF Singapore is the inauguration event of the German Centre Singapore, where our founding father Prof. Leibinger attended and strengthened his longstanding relationship with the PM Goh Chok Tong and MM Lee Kuan Yew at that time.