13 May 2016 Kulim, Kedah - YB Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed officially opened Infineon's second wafer fabrication facility at the Kulim High Tech Park with a total investment of RM4 billion. Infineon Kulim Fab 2 is expected to create 1,000 new job opportunities, of which many are high income jobs and requires highly skilled personnel.
Since the company first established a manufacturing presence in Melaka over 40 years ago, Infineon has continued to expand and transform its operations through technology and innovation, becoming a significant contributor to the industrial transformation in Malaysia. Both its Melaka and Kulim plants represent Infineon's largest operation globally with more than 8,800 Malaysians employed as of 2015, about one-third of Infineon's global workforce.
The positive track record of growth and stability for Fab 1 in Kulim and MIDA's assistance in providing Infineon with incentives, training and R&D grants were instrumental to Infineon Board Members' decision to expand its wafer fab facility. The country will benefit much from this high impact investment especially in the transfer of technology and quality jobs for Malaysians. This new facility will be a manufacturing competence centre with a focus on megatrend technologies for energy efficiency and automotive industries. It will also be undertaking R&D activities and providing technical training for its Malaysian employees. Ultimately, this project will position Malaysia as a leading production hub of these revolutionary products.
During the opening ceremony with its interesting line up showcasing the creative side of Infineon's staff, the group CEO, Dr Reinhard Ploss stressed that they continued to choose Malaysia for their expansion plans due to the country's skilled workforce and good infrastructure. This attests to the conducive business environment in Malaysia.
YB Dato Sri Mustapa Mohamed also took the opportunity to meet 10 companies that operate in the Kulim High Tech Park. They stress that the strong relationship with government has been critical in resolving many of their issues. Companies in Kulim High tech Park have invested over RM33 billion and created over 28,000 jobs. As a result, the area surrounding the Kulim High Tech Park has also grown to a township of over 25,000 since its inception 20 years ago. There are about 6,200 residences in the area. This development has certainly been a success story for Malaysia.