Vevey / CH. (nsa) Swiss Nestle S.A. has opened a new extension to its research and development centre in Singapore that will allow greater focus on its fastest-growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region. The centre, which employs about 100 experts from 17 countries specialised in fields including mechanical engineering, analytical chemistry, microbiology and sensory science, will take the global lead for the company´s innovations in Nescafe coffee mixes and Milo powdered beverages. Nestle has invested almost four million CHF (5,5 million SGD) in the extension, which will create 20 new jobs in 2013. Nestle established its R+D centre in Singapore in 1980. It was the company´s first R+D centre in Asia. The centre has gained deep expertise in South and Southeast Asian cuisine and cooking techniques through extensive consumer research over the past 30 years. Today, it is a global and regional training centre for Nestle´s food scientists and engineers. The centre is also developing its existing expertise in «biotransformation», which is the use of natural processes such as fermentation to transform raw materials into ingredients that have nutritional or functional benefits for consumers.