APPLE TO EXPAND RESEARCH UNIT TO MAKE "ASIA-FRIENDLY' PRODUCTS

APPLE TO EXPAND RESEARCH UNIT TO MAKE "ASIA-FRIENDLY' PRODUCTS

Apple Computer Inc. said on Tuesday it planned to spend more than 40 million Singapore dollars (US$28.6 million) over the next four years to expand its research and development division in Singapore.

The investment is designed to make Apple products "Asia-friendly" so that they can cash in on the rapidly expanding Asia-Pacific computer market, the manager of Apple's Singapore design center, Louis Woo, said.Asia-Pacific shipments of personal computers grew by a third to 5.4 million in 1994 and the market is expected to double to an annual 8.2 million shipments by 1999.

Mr. Woo, speaking at a news conference to announce a grant from the Singapore government for the new division, said putting researchers in Asia helped the company make products that addressed local problems.