Global technology firm Apple has announced new expansion in Singapore, with plans to invest over $250 million to grow its campus in Ang Mo Kio.

Apple said in a statement on Wednesday that the new expansion is the latest milestone in Apple’s over four decades of work fostering job creation and deep connections with the local community, and will provide space for growth and new roles in artificial intelligence (AI) and other key functions.

Apple opened its first facility in Singapore in 1981 with 72 employees focused on Apple II, and has since grown to include a team of more than 3,600 that contributes to every part of the company.

Today, Singapore serves as a central operations center for Apple in the region, and is a hub for critical roles in software, hardware, services, and support.

The country is also home to three vibrant Apple Store locations.

“Singapore is truly a one-of-a-kind place, and we are proud of the connection we’ve built with this dynamic community of creators, learners, and dreamers,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive Officer.

“With our growing campus, Apple is writing a new chapter in our history here,

“Our Singapore teams have played an important role in enriching the lives of our customers — and we can’t wait for many more decades of innovation to come,” he added.

Across Singapore, Apple supports more than 60,000 jobs through direct employment, its supply chain, and the iOS app economy.

The company also works with educational institutions, businesses, and organizations using technology and innovation to build a brighter world.

It is noted that the construction begins later this year to expand Apple’s campus in the Ang Mo Kio district.

Two buildings acquired in 2022, located adjacent to the company’s existing offices, will undergo a major upgrade, bringing three unique spaces together to foster greater collaboration for Apple’s growing teams.

The addition follows Apple’s investment in upgrading facilities and state-of-the-art labs over the last ten years, including growing space in its hardware technologies center by 50 percent since 2019.

Like all Apple facilities, the expanded campus will run on 100 percent renewable energy.

Once complete, the office aims to attain LEED Gold certification.

Apple has been carbon neutral for its corporate operations since 2020 and has run all of its facilities using 100 percent renewable energy since 2018.

With a commitment to securing a greener future for all, Apple first contracted for clean energy solutions in Singapore in 2015 with solar panels on 800 rooftops, which helped Apple become the first company in the country to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

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