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LATEST INVESTMENTS


COMMUNICATIONS JAPANESEDATACENTRE Singapore-based Princeton Digital Group, which offers data centre services in the Asia-Pacific region, has announced it will invest $1bn to open a new data centre campus in Saitama City, Japan. Covering 33,045 square metres, the new centre will have 100MWof IT capacity across two phases of 48.5MWeach. It will serve the domestic market.


ELECTRONICCOMPONENTS NEWFACTORYINMALAYSIA Risen Solar Technology, a subsidiary of China-based solar module manufacturer Risen Energy, is investing $10.1bn to open a factory in the Kulim District of Malaysia. The facility, to commence output in the first quarter of 2022, will create 3000 jobs and achieve an annual production capacity of 3 gigawatts within the first five years of operating. The company will be based in the economic free zone, Kulim Hi-Tech Park.


FOOD&BEVERAGES HONGKONGWAREHOUSE Circle K Stores, a chain of convenience stores and service stations and a subsidiary of Canada-based Alimentation Couche-Tard, has opened a new smart warehouse in Hong Kong. The 13,005 square metre distribution centre will handle the deliveries of more than 300 Circle K convenience stores in Hong Kong,


serving more than 600,000 customers daily.


REALESTATE INDIANITHUB US-based Hines, an international real estate firm, is developing an IT park in the Kharadi area of Pune, India. The project, which is being established in partnership with India-based Goel Ganga Group, is set to feature 222,970 square-metres of office space in the first development phase, and almost triple to 650,320 square-metres when fully complete.


RENEWABLEENERGY AUSTRALIANSUN Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, a solar power producer and a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, is establishing a solar and battery storage project near Dalby, Australia. The A$60m ($45.5m) plant will commence operations in early 2022 and comprise 2.4MW of solar photovoltaic capacity and a 2.5 megawatt battery. It will supply the domestic market.


SEMICONDUCTORS CHIPPLANT GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor manufacturer and a subsidiary of thr UAE-based Mubadala Investment Company, has announced it will build a $4bn chipmaking plant in Singapore amid an ongoing global supply shortage. The facility is expected to start operations in 2023.


This investment news and data has been provided by fDi Markets, a crossborder investment tracking service that is part of The Financial Times Ltd’s fDi Intelligence division (www.fdiintelligence.com)


STATS


ASIA-PACIFIC FDI IN ICT& ELECTRONICS IN 2020 BY PROJECTNUMBER


100 120


20 40 60 80


0 Source: fDi Markets August/September 2021 www.fDiIntelligence.com


ASIA-PACIFIC FDI INICT& ELECTRONICS IN 2020 BY CAPEX


10


0 2 4 6 8


Source: fDi Markets 65


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-sports typifiesthe potentialoftechnology


tocreateneweconomic opportunities.Broadly definedasvideogames


playedinacompetitiveorganised environment,esportshavegrowninto aglobalindustryworthroughly$1bn; it isexpectedtoreach$1.6bnby2024, accordingtoNewzoo. Asiagenerated$543.8mofesports


revenuein2020,upby4.9%fromthe previousyear,according toNiko Partners.Esportsviewership inAsia boomedoverthesameperiod, grow- ingby21%year-on-year to618.4m. Aplethoraof topgamesarenow


playedin regional leaguechampion- ships. Alongwithnewgames, job postings foresports roles roseby 343%betweentheendof2015and 2019,according to Indeed. Amongtheesportsecosystem


players,hands-ongamedevelopers arethemostimportant.These companiesdevelopandownthe games, actively organiseprofessional competitions,anddetermineregional distributionandaccessbyselective investment in low-lagservers in regions withhighpayingdemand. Esportsistypicallydistributedona


free-to-watchbasisthroughlivestream platformssuchasTwitch,Facebook andYouTube.Advertisementsonthese platformshelpfueltheindustry,with mostcomingfromconsumerelectron- icsandsoftwaregames,butincreas- ingly,otheradvertiserslikesports apparelandgamingaccessorybrands areenteringcollaborations. Equallyimportant areglobal


esports fans,whoareexpected to growto646millionby2023.Mostof this growth isexpectedinAsia, supportedbysmartphoneownership, enhancedIT infrastructureandrising middle-class disposable income. Whileconcernsmountabout


playerexhaustion,andtraditional mediaplatformstraverseacomplex landscapeofcontentandmediarights distribution, theesports industryhas brought withitnewopportunities.As the landscapecontinuestoevolve, thewinnersandlosers willbecome increasingly clear.■


Lawrence Yeo is CEO of AsiaBIZ Strategy, a Singapore- based consultancy that provides Asia market research and investment/trade promotion services.


E-mail: lawrence@asiabizstrategy.com


Project number INDIA SINGAPORE AUSTRALIA


CHINA JAPAN


Capex ($bn) INDIA


CHINA MALAYSIA AUSTRALIA VIETNAM


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