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  2004 2003
    S$m S$m  
Revenue 202.5 192.2
  PATMI 14.5 12.5  

Note: Figures are taken at SembCorp Environmental Management Group Level

Key Facts
Leading Asian environmental management services company in Southeast Asia
Market presence in Australia, China, India, Malaysia and Singapore
First foreign waste collection company in Shanghai’s municipal waste market
First foreign player in Indian medical waste management market


    Environmental Engineering:

We are Southeast Asia’s largest Asian environmental management services company, providing a complete suite of solutions for the municipal, industrial, commercial, construction and biomedical sectors.


| Overview | Review of Operations | Outlook

Our Environmental Engineering business performed well in 2004. Turnover of SembCorp Environmental Management (SembEnviro) increased 5% from S$192.2 million in 2003 to S$202.5 million. In 2004, SembEnviro continued to consistently deliver double-digit growth, with Profit After Tax and Minority Interest (PATMI) improving 16% from S$12.5 million to S$14.5 million. This increase was driven by ongoing improvement in cost savings and margins, as well as better operating performance by our Australian operations.

Review of Operations
In Singapore, we maintained our position as the largest waste management solutions provider, retaining a 55% market share in the municipal sector and a major share in the biomedical waste sector. While the municipal sector provides a stable base for SembEnviro, its industrial and commercial sector is steadily growing, forming a second stable income stream for the company.

The acquisition of new contracts in 2004 further strengthened our operations, by broadening our integrated services portfolio. These saw our orderbook rising to an all-time high of S$403.0 million as at December 31, 2004. SembWaste Cleantech clinched a seven-year S$63.0 million public cleansing contract from the National Environment Agency in April 2004, to serve Singapore’s Eastern and Western sectors while SembEnviro Tay Paper secured S$1.6 million worth of contracts in June 2004 to provide waste paper collection services and destruction of confidential documents.

During the course of the year, we made significant progress in our push to aggressively market technologically advanced solutions to the market. Together with our partner ShinMaywa (Asia), we were awarded eight major projects in 2004 to apply the Singmatic system – a proprietary pneumatic waste conveyance system – for use in upcoming developments. These included the sizeable educational premises of the Republic Polytechnic and Singapore Management University, as well as upscale residential developments such as Sentosa Cove, The Pier@Robertson and The Esparis.

In June 2004, our wholly-owned subsidiary Sembiologics, in partnership with world-leader Novozymes Inc, developed and launched three new bio-products in Singapore. These products, Grease Solve, Freshen Asia and Marvel Clean, utilise natural microbes to treat common grease, odour and dirty surfaces, forming environmentally friendly alternatives for chemical based solutions.

Throughout the year, we continued to back up the expansion of our operations by strengthening our capabilities through the holistic enhancement of our facilities and equipment, better systems management and staff development.

In terms of facilities and equipment, April 2004 saw the official opening of SembWaste’s automated incineration facility for medical waste in Tuas. The new plant, which has a capacity of eight tonnes per day, enables us to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This added incineration capacity allows us to take in more bio-liquid waste and better cater for contingency needs.

In addition, SembWaste Cleantech increased its existing fleet of vehicles to support its street cleansing activities. The subsidiary also set up a state-of-the-art 24-hour Command and Control Centre to remotely operate and manage the carparks under its charge in August 2004.

In 2004, SembEnviro received company-wide certification for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSMS 18001, reflecting our efforts to strengthen our operations through strict systems management.

Capitalising on staff development as a value management strategy, we launched our Learning Portal in Toa Payoh in March 2004, which offers comprehensive in-house training for our staff. The S$100,000 training centre is certified as an approved training and assessment centre for Industrial and Commercial Cleaning training, under the Workforce Development Agency’s National Skills Recognition System (NSRS). The NSRS is a national initiative for structured employee training, which aims to enhance performance standards and job competencies while bettering competitiveness.

In December 2004, SembEnviro was conferred International Headquarters status by the Economic Development Board, endorsing its overseas growth strategy while maintaining its head office in Singapore.

In 2004, our Australian associate company, SITA Environmental Solutions, remained the country’s second largest environmental management company. In spite of keen competition, its operating performance improved, due mainly to stronger sales boosted by good management of costs.

In addition, 2004 marked several milestones towards our goal to gain footholds in the Chinese and Indian waste management markets, key countries targeted in 2003 for expansion of our revenue base. These developments furthered our aim of providing total integrated environmental services in the region, and laid the foundations for future growth in these new markets.

In August 2004, we formed a joint venture with India’s Ramky Group and Shriram Group, with the acquisition of 51% of Ramky’s medical waste management business. The new joint venture currently has a fleet of 57 vehicles and eight treatment plants throughout India with a total installed capacity of 40 tonnes/day. With this purchase, we became the first foreign environmental company to penetrate the Indian continent’s medical waste management industry, estimated to be worth over S$50 million. Respectable growth is expected in this market over the next few years, underpinned by economic growth, privatisation and regulatory improvements.

In November 2004, SembEnviro followed this with an exclusive Letter of Intent with its partner, Ramky Group, to explore the hazardous waste landfill business in India.

SembEnviro signed a Heads of Agreement with Shanghai’s state-owned enterprise, Shanghai Environment Investment in September 2004, to develop the entire waste management chain in Shanghai’s newly corporatised municipal waste market. This agreement paved the way for further joint ventures to tap onto China’s privatisation wave, while maintaining a strategic focus on the fast-liberalising Shanghai market.

September 2004 also saw the opening of our new Representative Office in Shanghai. This will help oversee both our new joint ventures as well as our existing Shanghai joint venture serving the commercial sector, Shanghai SembEnviro Reliance.

Looking ahead, as Singapore continues to evolve into a mature and highly competitive market, it will continue to provide considerable market space for the introduction of new waste management practices and new technologies. Accordingly, the outlook for our Singapore operations for 2005 is expected to be stable with a relatively more conducive regulatory environment that promotes recycling and innovation. In the coming year, we will continue to broaden our host of integrated environmental solutions and alternative waste technologies.

Overseas, we expect to see a continuing trend for the liberalisation of waste management markets to foreign participation in China, India and the Middle East. We will continue to prioritise the exploration of opportunities in these markets in 2005. In addition, we aim to further consolidate our market position in Australia, and expand into the post-collection business there.

We expect our Environmental Engineering business to achieve further PATMI growth in 2005, with continued improvement of operating efficiencies, and contributions from new overseas acquisitions.