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Debt issues emerge for Singapore’s small construction firms
A recent Bloomberg report highlighted that small construction firms in Singapore are likely to face more difficulties repaying debt as a clampdown on property speculation worsens their already tight liquidity. The overall economy in the Island Republic grew at a slower pace in the second quarter than initially projected... Read more
Ireka explores autonomous rail transit with China firms
Public-listed developer Ireka Corp Bhd looks set to diversify its business interest with a recent tie-up with two China-based logistics and transportation companies. In a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed this week, Ireka has formed an agreement with Beijing-based CRRC Urban Traffic Co Ltd (CRCC) and Shentong Express Co... Read more
Of UK rate hikes and waning buyer, seller interest
 BY Zoe Phoon The Bank of England has hiked its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than a decade, from record lows of 0.25% to 0.5% on Nov 2. The move is widely expected to affect millions of households as rates on savings, mortgages and other... Read more
A retrofit option that cuts costs and saves lives
NEW SUPER CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY ENABLES EARTHQUAKE-RESISTANT BUILDINGS BY Zoe Phoon Researchers at Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed a new seismic resistant concrete called eco-friendly ductile cementitious composite (EDCC). This technology will see its first real life application in the next few months as part of the... Read more
Cyberjaya in for exciting times as smart-city model
INTELLIGENT CITY REASSERTS ITS POSITION AS AN IDEAL SPOT FOR TECH COMPANIES AND STARTUPS TO GROW THEIR VALUE   BY Zoe Phoon A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a saying goes. Malaysia, under former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, took her single step back... Read more
Radical thinking is the path to sustainable urban living
INTRODUCING THE ALL-IN-ONE ‘POP-UP’ SOLUTION TO FLOODING, PARKING, GREEN SPACE SHORTAGE BY Zoe Phoon                                                                        ... Read more
Pessimism lingers among Malaysian developers
CAN THE UPCOMING BUDGET 2018 PROVIDE IMPETUS TO LIFT SPIRITS? Remember how market players were more optimistic about 2017 back in 2016? Well, things evidently haven’t panned out as planned and this has soured the overall mood considerably. If ever there was a sign that developers remain jittery about the... Read more
From condoms to houses, shops and condominiums?
CONTRACEPTIVE, BABY PRODUCT MAKER LOOKS TO PROPERTY FOR ENHANCED FUTURE EARNINGS BY Chris Prasad More and more corporations are starting to branch out into property development, which is a curious thing considering the industry is in the midst of a prolonged slump. However, your curiosity truly gets piqued when O&C... Read more
ECRL boon for IJM Corp, MRCB and Gamuda
CHINESE COMPANIES WON’T BE SOLE BENEFICIARIES OF RAIL PROJECT, SAYS PM CIMB Equities Research (CIMB Research) anticipates that Gamuda, IJM Corp and MRCB could emerge big winners from the upcoming East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project. Also standing to gain, it says, are WCT Muhibbah Engineering and Lafarge, which... Read more
Dubai hosts world’s 1st 3D printed office
TRAILBLAZING EXAMPLE OF COMPUTER-CONTROLLED FABRICATION IN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION BY Zoe Phoon The building’s name, Office of the Future, may appear ordinary, but what its architect Killa Design has developed is anything but that. Office of the Future is the world’s first fully functional and permanently occupied 3D printed office... Read more