Why Live And Work In Asia?

We believe our clients need both a global approach, and local understanding. We are the driving force in Asia for beverage packaging, and we need to grow. The unique growth of the Asian operation is strategically critical for Sidel - for us to provide A BETTER MATCH for our customers, our people and our opportunities.

South East & Asia Pacific is the largest geographical Zone in Sidel. We stretch from Japan, down through the Pacific Islands to New Zealand, across to India and then back to the ASEAN Countries. We cover more than 50 Countries in 9 time zones. This Zone is home to nearly one third of the Worlds population, and the population is growing at more than 1% per year. In each market in which we operate, we recruit, train and develop the best local talent, and compliment them with International expertise. We are close to you.

We listen and understand; in your country and in your language.


Why Choose Thailand?

LIVING IN BANGKOK
Bangkok, a city of over ten million people has experienced phenomenal growth in the last thirty years. In the early '70s, the city had around 2.5 million but now has well in excess of 10 million inhabitants as many Thais from the rural areas have moved to the City in search of employment, and a better lifestyle.

Some people consider the heart of the city to be the Silom and Sathorn Road area which is the financial district and the commercial centre where many of the banks, financial institutions, international corporations and embassies have their offices. This is also the area where you will find many office buildings, airlines and some of the best hotels. Others consider Siam Square to be the centre of Bangkok where one can find three major shopping centres at the intersection of Rama 1 Rd and Phyathai Road. It's the main hangout for Thai teenagers and the trendy set and is thus a very good area for shopping. The prestigious Chulalongkorn University, acknowledged as the best university in the country, is nearby.

WEATHER
Located in the heart of tropical Asia, Bangkok is hot for much of the year.

ACCOMMODATION
Bangkok has a huge range of accommodation options from houses to apartments, guesthouses to hotels, condos to mansions. Foreigners staying long term generally initially choose an apartment over a house because they are more readily available and tend to be cheaper to rent as well as being more secure. As with most City’s, there are grades of accommodation available – dependant on budget.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
Bangkok has excellent access to Education - there is a plethora of local and international Schools alongside Thailand’s best University. The American School of Bangkok, Bangkok Patana School, Shrewsbury International School, KIS International School Bangkok and New International School of Thailand in Bangkok, and dedicated schools such as French and Swiss are only a small selection of those available.

HEALTHCARE
Thailand has been a leader in the region for providing their nationals with a quality public healthcare system. Within the country's developed healthcare system, Bangkok offers a range of healthcare facilities, both private and public. Thailand has made great strides and passed many reforms to improve its healthcare system, and these initiatives are seen in the quality of the capital's public hospitals. Many of the doctors and staff at these hospitals and clinics have studied and received degrees and accreditation in western countries.

Why Choose India?

LIVING IN INDIA
Gurgaon, is the second largest city in the Indian state of Haryana and is a part of the National Capital Region. Gurgaon is located 30 km south of national capital New Delhi and is connected via an expressway (NH8 highway) and Delhi Metro. Gurgaon is two cities living within a bigger conurbation - Old Gurgaon and New Gurgaon. The area to the east of NH 8 is called New Gurgaon as it has developed more recently. The area to the west of NH 8 is often called Old Gurgaon as it was developed much earlier. Over the past 25 years the city has undergone rapid development and construction.

WEATHER
Weather in Gurgaon is pretty good all year round with April – July being the hottest months sometimes reaching the 40oc mark. The colder months of Nov – Feb can reach lows of 7 degrees celsius.

ACCOMMODATION
The foremost thing that Gurgaon, the millennium city of India offers to expats is world class housing. Huge integrated residential societies in Gurgaon offer most of the desired facilities to expats. They can choose between penthouse, villa, exclusive floor, or flats. There even are options of fully furnished homes suitable for expats who have come to stay here for a few years. The premium residential societies of Gurgaon offer 24×7 security to its residents, one of the major things that expats are looking for. Apart from security and safety they also get facilities like gym, swimming pool, club, maintained parks, and much more by staying in high end Gurgaon societies.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
Expat families with young children get a lot of value in Gurgaon schools. The city has numerous International schools that other IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum. The presence of world schools in Gurgaon makes it easier for expat kids to be at par with global education standards. Some of these schools are American Excelsior, Scottish High International School, Sun City World School, Pathways World School, and many more.

HEALTHCARE
Gurgaon residents have the most modern facilities in large corporate hospitals like Medanta, Medicity Artemis Health Institute, Alchemist Institute, Paras Hospital Max Hospital, Columbia Asia Hospital, Fortis Hospital and The Park Hospital. These hospitals have made Gurgaon the hub of medical tourism in India In addition, Gurgaon also has several private nursing homes, the district-level Civil Hospital and several dispensaries run by ESI, ECHS and in partnership with various NGOs. Several independent private practitioners, as well as chains of family practice clinics like Ross Clinics provide outpatient care to the populace

Why Choose Philippines?

LIVING IN PHILIPPINES
Ayala Alabang is an outer suburb of Metro Manila in Muntinlupa city district around 21 km from the center of Metro Manila. The upscale neighborhood was created in 1981. Connected by the expanded and modernized South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the country’s premier financial hub in Makati City and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) are both a short 20-minute drive from the major business and Industrial districts of the area. The area has become very progressive with its industrial estates as one of the main growth engines driving employment. Nearby are the plants of Asia Brewery, Nestle, Pepsico and Procter & Gamble to name a few.

WEATHER
Relatively dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.

ACCOMMODATION
The Philippines offers high quality accommodation to suit every budget with most people choosing to live in houses if they are in the provinces or apartments in the cities. In Laguna, you can easily rent a beautiful villa for 20,000 PHP per month which is the equivalent of approximately $500 USD.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
There is a vast amount of international schools available in the Philippines including Beacon School, Brent School, Kings School and Singapore School to name a few. Education starts from nursery all the way up to degree level.

HEALTHCARE
Healthcare in the centre and surrounding regions is impressive, and is progressing to ever higher standards.

Why Choose Indonesia?

LIVING IN INDONESIA
As the commercial and economic centre of Indonesia, Jakarta offers a good base for exploring the rest of Indonesia. Jakarta is colourful and somewhat exotic and full of places to explore. There is a thriving international expat community.

WEATHER
Straddling the equator, Indonesia tends to have a fairly even climate year-round. Rather than four seasons, Indonesia has two – wet and dry – and there are no extremes of winter and summer. In most parts of Indonesia, the wet season falls between October and April (low season), and the dry season between May and September (high season). Rain tends to come in sudden tropical downpours, but it can also rain nonstop for days. In some parts of the country, such as Kalimantan, the difference between the seasons is slight – the dry season just seems to be slightly hotter and slightly drier than the wet season. In other areas, such as Nusa Tenggara, the differences are very pronounced, with droughts in the dry season and floods in the wet.

ACCOMMODATION
There are many different options for accommodation and housing for expats in Jakarta, and depending on one’s income, there are properties available to rent from luxury penthouse apartments or houses with a pool and garden, to a room in a kos (a guesthouse) with a shared bathroom and dining facilities. One of the benefits of living in Jakarta is that for many people it will be the first time that they can afford to employ help in the house. Labour is much cheaper in Indonesia than in the West, and many people, if they can afford it, whether expats or not, employ a driver and a maid to help take care of the house and cook. It is not unknown for some families to have a staff of around four to help them whilst they live here. Most apartments come with self-contained accommodation for those wishing to have live-in domestic help.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
Schooling for expat kids is available in Jakarta, with most expat parents choosing to send their children to an international school; this is likely to cause the biggest dent to one’s income as international schools are expensive..

HEALTHCARE
Indonesia is in the middle of a development and construction boom, and healthcare is rapidly improving. There are many international providers and insurers to choose from.

Why Choose Japan?

LIVING IN JAPAN
A major economic power, Japan has the world's third-largest economy by nominal GDP and the world's fourth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It is also the world's fourth-largest exporter and fourth-largest importer. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family. Tokyo has been described as one of the three "command centres" for the world economy, along with New York City and London. The city is considered an alpha+ world city, listed by the GaWC's 2008 inventory and in 2009 Tokyo was named the third Most Liveable City and the World’s Most Livable Megalopolis by the magazine Monocle. Tokyo will host the summer Olympics games for the second time in 2020.

WEATHER
Visiting Japan can be enjoyable at any time of the year. Due to the country's large north-south extension, weather patterns differ dramatically between regions. Jan – May is considered the dry season and a very good time to visit Japan as the temperatures are mild. From June – July you have rainy season, except in Hokkaido where it does not rain every day. After rainy season from Aug – Sept can be very warm and humid and then cools down through until October before warming up again in January.

ACCOMMODATION
Japan offers a wide range of accommodation types in both Japanese and Western styles, including some unconventional forms such as capsule hotels and temple lodgings. Rates range from less than 2,000 yen per person in a dormitory to over 25,000 yen per person in a first class hotel or ryokan. An increasingly popular, but still relatively rare type of accommodation (currently mainly available in Tokyo and Kyoto) are entire apartments or houses offered to foreign tourists for short term stays to experience a true everyday lifestyle. On offer are apartments with traditional or modern interior, as well as restored historic houses. Apartments and shared apartments, rented on a weekly or monthly basis (sometimes even on a daily basis), are among the most inexpensive ways of staying in Japan for an extended period. Several companies have emerged which specifically target a foreigners in Japan.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
In Japan, education is compulsory at the elementary and lower secondary levels. Most students attend public schools through the lower secondary level, but private education is popular at the upper secondary and university levels. The school year in Japan begins in April and classes are held from Monday to either Friday or Saturday, depending on the school. The length of the school year, according to the calendar for the Higo Central Elementary school in Kumamoto, Japan, is 198 days long. The school year consists of two or three terms, which are separated by short holidays in spring and winter, and a six week long summer break. There are hundreds of international schools in Japan offering multiple curriculum choices from British, American, Canadian, French and many more.

HEALTHCARE
The health care system in Japan provides healthcare services, including screening examinations, prenatal care and infectious disease control, with the patient accepting responsibility for 30% of these costs while the government pays the remaining 70%. Payment for personal medical services is offered through a universal health care insurance system that provides relative equality of access, with fees set by a government committee. People without insurance through employers can participate in a national health insurance programme administered by local governments. Patients are free to select physicians or facilities of their choice and cannot be denied coverage. Hospitals, by law, must be run as non-profit and be managed by physicians. For-profit corporations are not allowed to own or operate hospitals. Clinics must be owned and operated by physicians.

Why Choose Vietnam?

LIVING IN VIETNAM
Life in Vietnam is rife with traces of different cultures. Especially in Hanoi, traces of French architecture are still prevalent, over half a century after the country won its independence from France. Chinese influence on civilization, government, and other aspects of life in Vietnam can be found as well. With an estimated 90.3 million inhabitants as of 2012, Vietnam is the world's 13th-most-populous country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian country. Vietnam's economic growth has been among the highest in the world since 2000, and in 2011 it had the highest Global Growth Generators Index among 11 major economies. Its successful economic reforms resulted in it joining the World Trade Organization in 2007. The Vietnamese language also contains many loan words from Chinese, though the two languages are unrelated. Buddhism remains the single largest religion in Vietnam.

WEATHER
The South has three somewhat distinct seasons: hot and dry from March to May/June; rainy from June/July to November; and cool and dry from December to February. April is the hottest month, with mid-day temperatures of 33°C (91°F) or more most days. During the rainy season, downpours can happen every afternoon, and occasional street flooding occurs. Temperatures range from stifling hot before a rainstorm to pleasantly cool afterwards. Mosquitoes are most numerous in the rainy season. December to February is the most pleasant time to visit, with cool evenings down to around 20° (68°F). The North has four distinct seasons, with a comparatively chilly winter (temperatures can dip below 15°C/59°F in Hanoi), a hot and wet summer and pleasant spring (March-April) and autumn (October-December) seasons. Normally summers are hot and dry.

ACCOMMODATION
Expats on the real estate hunt also have to make another choice: Some prefer a higher living standard in typical expat neighborhoods, while others would rather fully immerse themselves in Vietnamese culture. For example, district 2 and district 7 in Ho Chi Minh City are typical expat neighborhoods. Both offer peaceful developments with large houses and access to green space, which is rare in urban centers. Although these areas will not give you the typical Vietnamese living experience, international schools and nurseries are right around the corner. Thus, if you are planning on living in Vietnam with your family, these areas away from the city center may be the right choice.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
Education in Vietnam is divided into five levels: preschool, primary school, secondary school, high school and higher education. Formal education consists of twelve years of basic education. Basic education consists of five years of primary education, four years of intermediate education, and three years of secondary education. The majority of basic education students are enrolled on a half-day basis. There are several international schools available for expats most of these offering British, American, Australian or French curriculum.

HEALTHCARE
Vietnam is currently working to develop a universal healthcare system, which will cover all residents and provide them with basic healthcare. For that purpose, Vietnam works closely with Thailand’s government to model its universal healthcare after their example. The new law should be in force by 2014. It is advised that you arrange private health insurance.

Why Choose Malaysia?

LIVING IN KUALA LUMPUR
Kuala Lumpur is the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia. The city covers an area of 243 km2 (94 sq mi) and has an estimated population of 1.6 million as of 2012. The economy has traditionally been fuelled by its natural resources, but is expanding in the sectors of science, tourism, commerce and medical tourism. The country is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, which plays a large role in politics. The constitution declares Islam the state religion while protecting freedom of religion. The government system is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system and the legal system is based on English Common Law.

WEATHER
The whole of Malaysia has a classic equatorial climate with high temperatures and wet months throughout the year. Kuala Lumpur's temperature ranges from 21 - 33 oc and the average humidity is 82%. Although it rains through the year, March-April and September-November are the wettest months.

ACCOMMODATION
Many expatriates today prefer to be located near to their workplace, hence expatriates are located throughout the city. Nonetheless, many expatriates settle in particular neighborhoods, particularly close to the city center to ease commuting woes. The neighborhoods popular with expatriates include the city end of the long Jalan Ampang road (where many embassies and KLCC are located), Bangsar Bahru (south/southwest of city center), Damansara Heights (west of city center), Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (farther out west of city center). There is a good range of properties to choose from, whether expatriates are looking to lease or purchase. Most expatriates choose to live in serviced apartments / condominiums that include security and facilities such as swimming pools, gyms, playgrounds and tennis courts. For expatriates with children / large families, many opt for a house within a gated community, which can come with a swimming pool and garden. Large detached houses (bungalows), semi-detached houses and terrace houses are available.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
Malaysia has excellent choice of international school and many pick ones close to their home or work location. British, American, Australian and other international curriculums are easily found with Alice Smith being the most highly recommended school for British Curriculum.

HEALTHCARE
As the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur provides both private and public healthcare. The quality and standard of medical care is widely accepted to be high, as most hospitals are well equipped and staff competent. Although only 3 private medical centers are accredited by JCI as at March 2013, healthcare is moderated by MS ISO9002 certification and accredited by the Malaysian Medical Society for Quality. With world-class facilities, internationally trained medical professionals and affordable services, Kuala Lumpur has also become a medical tourism destination. Expatriates living in Kuala Lumpur can therefore benefit and access a range of public and private hospitals offering high quality, competitively priced healthcare.



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