Keysight started investing in Malaysia in 1972 with its first operations in the heart of Georgetown, Penang with 60employees. A year later, its numbers of employees grew 15-fold and the company relocated to the Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone. Keysight was one of the “Eight Samurais”, the pioneer group of multi-national companies that established Penang’s “Silicon Valley”. To succeed in those early days, Keysight required efficient public infrastructure and administrative processes as well as a robust supply base to support the fast pace of business. In the provision of this early “ease-of-doing-business” environment, MIDA stood out as a significant enabler. In addition, MIDA played a pivotal role in establishing international joint-ventures and partnerships that contributed towards the development of a strong local supply base for Keysight to tap on.
Keysight’s operations in Malaysia transformed rapidly over the years, not only in size and scale, but also in value, expertise and influence as the portfolio of solutions developed and manufactured in Penang grew in sophistication.
Today, it occupies a 42-acre site in Penang’s Free Industrial Zone, with a 1.2 million square-foot state-of-the-art facility. It is one of the core sites for Keysight worldwide, with operations spanning business management, sales, support, marketing, manufacturing, research and development (R&D), supply chain and global infrastructure services. It has a 2,500-strong workforce comprised entirely of Malaysian talents – 90 percent of whom are high-level professionals.
As a high-technology and high-value added operations, Keysight will continue to thrive in Malaysia. The nation’s healthy business ecosystem that is fueled by a wide and diverse talent pool, will drive Keysight’s future growth as the company forges ahead to accelerate breakthrough technologies that will connect and secure the world.
Keysight is proud of the 46 fruitful years of partnership with MIDA in Malaysia and looks forward to continuing this collaboration for another 46 years or more to come.