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Fuji Electric (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (FEM), a wholly-owned overseas subsidiary of Fuji Electric Device Technology Co., Ltd. (FDT) commenced operations in 1998 at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park, Kedah, Malaysia. Being one of the pioneer investors in the Kulim Hi-Tech Park, FEM has foreseen the potential of the industry at this strategic location.
The company expanded its operations from about 400 employees in 1999 to more than 1000 employees in 2008 and increased its 10 media production lines to 18 in 2007. Currently, the company's production capacity is between 3.5 million disks per month to 7 million disks per month.
In 2007, with the strong support of MIDA, Kedah State Government and Kulim Hi-Tech Park Corporation, FDT decided to expand its semiconductor operations and renamed the company Fuji Electric Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (FSM). In April 2008, the production of Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) officially commenced. The silicon wafer chip production is expected to begin its operations in 2009. FSM is the first fully integrated IGBT production plant from silicon wafer chip production to IGBT assembly and test, and this marks a historic milestone for both FDT and FSM.
Strategically located in Malaysia, both companies are near to their customer base and major suppliers, and therefore the customers demands can be effectively served.
Managing Director, Dato' Kozo Katarao, is of the view that Malaysia's strategic location, good infrastructure, a large pool of skilled workers, stable social and political environment and relatively low cost for operations will ensure that the country continues to remain a competitive investment location.
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