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The Comet Group’s Ramp-Up To Volume Production At New Site In Malaysia On Track

Kuala Lumpur, 27 May 2021 – The Comet Group, a global leading innovative technology company, based in Switzerland with a focus on plasma control and X-ray technology, expanded their capacity with a new manufacturing site in Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. This important milestone looks to strengthen the Group’s presence in Asia to meet not only local demand but also future demand for their technologies from customers worldwide.

The project was approved by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) last year, for the manufacturing of integrated radio frequency (RF) power modules for front end semiconductor machinery.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19 restricting economic activities and movement, the Comet team was impressed with the ease and speed in implementing their Malaysian project. “I have been part of similar projects before, but I have never seen a team working so energetically and with such motivation to set up a new manufacturing site in record time”, said project leader, Mr. Stephan Runge, Vice President Global Operations.

The sentiment was also shared by Mr. Chai Huat Yeoh, General Manager, Penang, Malaysia, “It has been exciting to work in this highly collaborative team. Whether from the headquarters in Flamatt, San José or Shanghai or local team members in Malaysia, we have been working together on the same goal, to make this project in Pulau Pinang a success.”

The first RF matching networks were assembled on the production lines and released for manufacturing use in August 2020. Since the beginning of 2021, the manufacturing facility in Malaysia is also officially certified by the company’s customers and has successfully ramped up to high volume production in the last few months.

Mr Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA, commented on the speedy implementation of Comet’s project. He also conveyed the Government’s assurance to investors in facilitating their investments, “The pandemic has somehow been a game-changer for all of us. However, taking it in stride, the [email protected] or the Project Acceleration and Coordination Unit has been established as part of the PENJANA initiative to flow the nation back on the road to recovery. This team is taking up the challenge to provide professional support and assistance to our investors, enabling the efficient and timely realisation of approved projects in the country. We strongly urge all our stakeholders to fully leverage this Unit‘s network and expertise to get their projects off the ground.”

He added, “MIDA is pleased to see Comet tapping upon Malaysia’s well-connected and established semiconductor industry cluster in Pulau Pinang. Their presence here will undoubtedly be a welcomed addition, given their long standing reputation as a high-tech supplier that can deliver flexible, quick and reliable solutions, particularly Malaysia looking to develop our very own front-end semiconductor equipment ecosystem.”

Currently, the company is well supported by Malaysian talent, and it is expected that over time the company vision is to employ more Malaysian. Among the roles to be filled include the positions in engineering, plant and machinery operations and assembling as well as quality management.

On the path to revitalise the national economy, Malaysia is focused on attracting high quality investments into the country in line with the National Investment Aspirations (NIA). This framework bears the foundation for Malaysia to become a regional investment hub, by (1) increasing economic diversity and complexity through the development of sophisticated products and services, with high local Research and Development (R&D) and innovation; (2) creating high skill jobs to provide better income for its people; (3) expanding and integrate domestic linkages into regional and global supply chains, by improving their resiliency; (4) developing new and existing clusters focusing on high productivity sectors, including local products and services; and (5) improving inclusivity to contribute towards the socio-economic developmental agenda. Ultimately, the NIA looks to ensure Malaysia continues to remain competitive and serves as the epicentre for economic and business activities in the region.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA has 12 regional and 20 overseas offices. MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

About Comet Group

The Comet Group is a globally leading, innovative technology company based in Switzerland with a focus on plasma control and x-ray technology. With premium high-tech components and systems, we enable our customers to both enhance the quality of their products and make their manufacturing more efficient and eco-friendly. Our innovative solutions are in demand in the semiconductor and electronics market, the aerospace and automobile industry and in security inspection. Headquartered in Flamatt, Switzerland, the Comet Group has a presence in all world markets. We employ about 1,400 people worldwide, including approximately 500 in Switzerland. Besides production facilities in China, Denmark, Germany, Malaysia, Switzerland and the USA, we maintain various other subsidiaries in Canada , China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the USA. Comet (COTN) is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Email: [email protected] | DL: +603-2267 3509

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Email: [email protected] | DL: +41 31 744 99 96

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Kuala Lumpur, 25 May 2021 — As an important step in Saint-Gobain’s strategy to surge developments in South East Asia, the Company has invested in a new plant to produce advanced solution for construction applications, including a large variety of mortars, waterproofing and construction chemicals solutions. Located on a 50,000m² land in Johor, the southern state of Malaysia, the factory, will be devoted to serve the Company’s growing Malaysian and Singaporean markets.

Saint-Gobain has been present in Malaysia for over 20 years. This new factory is the fifth (5th) industrial establishment of the Group in the country and the 28th in Southeast Asia. It is a testament to the confidence investors have in Malaysia and the region. The expansion in Asia-Pacific constitutes one of the top priorities for Saint-Gobain as a future regional manufacturing hub to support ASEAN countries and beyond.

Mr. Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), commended Saint-Gobain’s continual confidence in Malaysia. Commenting on the Company’s latest expansion in Malaysia, he said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies to be applied in the manufacturing of products. Given that research and innovation are at the heart of Saint-Gobain’s strategy, we are excited to witness this latest undertaking here. We are confident that Saint-Gobain will further benefit from Malaysia’s strategic location, comprehensive global trade agreements, competitive cost of doing business, multi-facetted talent pool as well business friendly policies.”

This latest addition to Saint-Gobain’s footprints in Malaysia gathers the best of the Company’s technologies and manufacturing processes. This new plant is also designed to produce 3D printing solutions to support their pioneer positioning in this new market segment. The capacity of the plant is scalable for future demands.

Moreover, to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the new plant will utilise natural gas with lower carbon dioxide emission. The Company is committed to continually seek out and invest in Industry 4.0, recycling, raw material and energy reduction to reach its desired goal.

Mr. Javier Gimeno, Senior Vice-President, CEO Saint-Gobain Asia-Pacific said: “This investment in Johor is a tangible proof of the long term commitment of Saint-Gobain with Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Indeed, we are convinced of the huge potential of development in these geographies whose markets are increasingly driven by innovation, technology, products’ performance and genuine respect of the environment. At Saint-Gobain we strive every day to excel in all these fields so that we can bring to our clients and the final users the best value proposition.”

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About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA has 12 regional and 20 overseas offices. MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

About Saint-Gobain  

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions for the construction, mobility, healthcare and other industrial application markets. Developed through a continuous innovation process, they can be found everywhere in our living places and daily life, providing wellbeing, performance and safety, while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and the fight against climate change.

This strategy of responsible growth is guided by the Saint-Gobain purpose, “MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME”, which responds to the shared ambition of all the women and men in the Group to act every day to make the world a more beautiful and sustainable place to live in.

To learn more about Saint-Gobain

go to www.saint-gobain.cn

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Saint-Gobain Opens New Plant In Malaysia, Accelerates Its Development In Southeast Asia


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The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is partnering with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to encourage, facilitate and promote economic cooperation in the areas of trade, investments and Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) development, particularly in Smart Manufacturing & Industry 4.0, Internet-of-Things and Circular Economy

Kuala Lumpur, 7 May 2018 – The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is partnering with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to encourage, facilitate and promote economic cooperation in the areas of trade, investments and Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) development, particularly in Smart Manufacturing & Industry 4.0, Internet-of-Things and Circular Economy.

Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA and Dr. Chang Pei Zen, Executive Vice President of ITRI witness the signing and exchange of the MoU between senior representatives of both organisations. This affirms the commitment of MIDA and ITRI to facilitate joint projects such as applied research activities, training programs, and attachment programs; exchange technical information and expertise in the research and development of industrial technology; assist technical upgrading of scientists and engineers; as well as to encourage more collaboration between industry and research institutes.

“Today’s MOU signing with ITRI Taiwan adds to MIDA’s on-going initiative to drive the country’s R&D activities and Industry 4.0 agenda. MIDA acts as a conduit by working with entities such as ITRI to bring together the industry and academia to create fresh and exciting collaborations. We are optimistic that this initiative with ITRI will increase of technology capabilities and capacities of our industries and lead to further investments in new and emerging technologies. It is more crucial now than ever for companies to reassess and realign their business strategies to adapt to the current challenges of doing business. Intensifying innovation through strategic collaborations in R&D activities is one of the key components that would enable businesses to remain competitive and sustainable,” said Dato’ Azman.

Malaysian industries stand to benefit from ITRI’s expertise and network with other research and technology institutes in Taiwan through collaborations in new technologies and applications such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics, machine learning, vision and sensing technology and others.

In the long run, this contributes to the country’s shift towards having more Industry 4.0, higher value-added & industry-driven research activities. It will also promote the development of a circular economy, whereby waste and leakages are reduced or phased out through careful product design and management as well as efficient business models. This will lead to a more sustainable and productive model for businesses and the economy.

Status of Industry 4.0 in Malaysia

With Malaysia’s strong manufacturing base and comprehensive ecosystems that have been built over the years, the country has many attractive value propositions to become the hub for high value added and Industry 4.0 activities in the region. In driving Industry 4.0 in Malaysia, MIDA aligns its efforts with the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) which places emphasis on developing the information and communications technology industry, whereby smart manufacturing is among the focus areas.

In addition to the 11MP’s targeted industries of three catalytic subsectors of Electrical & Electronics, Machinery & Equipment and Chemicals as well as the two growth subsectors of Aerospace and Medical Devices, other focus areas include resource-based, healthcare and life-science industries, regional/global establishments, logistics, the ecosystem surrounding e-commerce and green technology. The manufacturing and related services sector will benefit from the country’s shift towards Industry 4.0 through improving productivity, strengthening the innovation capacity and capability, and development of a higher skilled workforce.

The Government has introduced various initiatives to drive industry 4.0. These include drafting of National Industry 4.0 Policy Framework, which is expected to be announced in the first half of 2018; establishing a high-level task force chaired by Secretary-General of MITI to spearhead the Government’s policy and strategy on Industry 4.0; and an industrial study on “Future of Manufacturing: Industry 3+2” by MIDA, which is expected to underscore the way forward for these industries vis-à-vis Industry 4.0.

MIDA, as the principal investment promotion agency of the country has been aggressively promoting investments in R&D for many years. The agency continues to step up our efforts to drive stronger R&D linkages between the industry, universities and research institutions. As to date, MIDA has approved 182 R&D projects with total investments of RM2.87 billion. These comprise of 76 Contract R&D, 58 In-House R&D, 30 approved R&D companies and 18 R&D Status companies. These R&D projects have brought innovative technologies to the industries in Malaysia. Notable projects include the service on tele-radiology in tele-medicine for the healthcare sector, formulation of active pharmaceutical ingredient for generic pharmaceutical, and the development of integrated nano-layered stretch films for industrial packaging materials.

MIDA has also awarded five R&D Status university-linked companies, which is a tax efficient way to invest in R&D activity. The five universities are Management and Science University (MSU), University Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and Monash University Malaysia.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal promotion agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Starting operations in 1967 with a relatively small set up of 37 staff, MIDA has grown to become a strong and dynamic organisation of over 700 employees. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA today has 12 regional and 23 overseas offices. MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

For further information, please contact:-

Mr. Jeyasigan Nair

Director, Advanced Technology and R&D Division

MIDA HQ, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel.: +603-2267 6711 | Email: [email protected]

Mr. Nelson Samuel

Director, Foreign Investment Promotion Division

MIDA HQ, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel.: +603-2267 3787 | Email: [email protected]

About Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

Founded in 1973, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan’s industries from labour-intensive into innovation-driven. Over the years, ITRI has incubated over 270 innovative companies, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC.

ITRI continues to seek strategic collaborative partners from around the world. Key partners include Corning Glass, Underwriters Laboratories, and Applied Materials of the United States; Asahi Kasei, Nidec, and AIST of Japan; Evonik, Heraeus, and Fraunhofer of Germany; TNO of the Netherlands; VTT of Finland; Ericsson of Sweden; and NRC of Canada.

With international partners and overseas offices in Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Berlin, Moscow and Eindhoven, ITRI is able to remain globally competitive and connected. Its efforts in technological innovations have been recognized by prestigious honors such as the Wall Street Journal’s Technology Innovation Awards and R&D 100 Awards and 2017 Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovator.

For further information, please contact:-

Mr. Chin Liang, Shee

ITRI International Center

Tel.: +886 3 591 3500 | Email: [email protected]

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Welcome Remarks by CEO of MIDA – MoU MIDA ITRI

Posted on : 07 May 2018

MIDA-ITRI Taiwan MoU, Driving Malaysia Towards Industry 4.0


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SEMICON Southeast Asia, the region’s premier gathering of the global electronics manufacturing supply chain, today opened it’s 22-24 May exposition, for the first time in Kuala Lumpur, showcasing IoT, smart manufacturing, autonomous driving, virtual reality (VR), and other smart technologies. Themed “Think Smart Make Smart,” SEMICON Southeast Asia 2018 brings together industry experts from around the world for critical insights into the semiconductor ecosystem, new business opportunities and collaboration.

KUALA LUMPUR – May 22, 2018 – SEMICON Southeast Asia,
the region’s premier gathering of the global electronics manufacturing supply
chain, today opened it’s 22-24 May exposition, for the first time in Kuala
Lumpur, showcasing IoT, smart manufacturing, autonomous driving, virtual
reality (VR), and other smart technologies. Themed “Think Smart Make Smart,”
SEMICON Southeast Asia 2018 brings together industry experts from around the
world for critical insights into the semiconductor ecosystem, new business
opportunities and collaboration.

Speaking
at the opening ceremony, Ng Kai Fai,
President of SEMI Southeast Asia said that the show’s debut in Kuala Lumpur
underscores the significance of the Electrical and Electronics (E&E)
segment’s economic contribution to Malaysia. The show’s debut in Kuala Lumpur endeavours to bridge Malaysia’s three
(3) important electronics clusters while at the same time, serve as a central
connection point to the rest of Southeast Asia’s electronics manufacturing
supply chain. “With the rapid proliferation of digital technology across a
multitude of applications market namely; Industrial IoT, Communications, Data
Processing, Automotive and Consumer Electronics, Southeast Asia electronics
manufacturing especially Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines
will continue to expand the semiconductor market share and growth.”

Being a partner to SEMI for SEMICON Southeast Asia
2018 for the 4th year in a row, the CEO of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Dato’
Azman Mahmud said, “The E&E industry has always been a primary engine
of growth due to its strong inter-linkages to other sub-sectors. Through
platforms like SEMICON, we seek to continuously foster a resilient and robust
E&E manufacturing supply chain in Southeast Asia. Having a strong
industrial base, Malaysia is moving towards becoming a state-of-the-art
manufacturing center that is capable of providing total supply chain solutions.
We want to become a regional hub for design and development, high value
products and activities, and ultimately, the leading location of choice for FDI
and growth of local industry.”

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2018 is expected to draw more
than 8,000 visitors, an all-time event record, to the new Malaysia
International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC). The three-day event
features three themed pavilions, four global pavilions, and inspiring keynote
presentations and a host of technology forums to address key issues in the
electronics manufacturing supply chain.

The World of IoT pavilion highlights SEMICON Southeast
Asia 2018 with applications and technologies enabling the IoT revolution. This
interactive experience features semiconductor innovations powering autonomous driving,
smart AI devices, VR and other leading-edge technologies. Start-ups demonstrating
pioneering and disruptive products and applications also highlight the
pavilion. Two other themed pavilions focus on Smart Manufacturing and Future
Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS).

To address the critical industry shortage of skilled
workers, the SEMICON Southeast Asia University Program and Electronics Talent
Career Fair bring together some of the world’s most influential companies
including Applied Materials, Intel, LAM
Research and Globalfoundries with potential workers for new employment
opportunities.

SEMICON Southeast Asia highlights also include the
popular Supplier Search Programme, business-matching sessions, industry VIP
networking, and the Southeast Asia Investment Forum (SAIF). This year SAIF hosts
Malaysia and Vietnam as they share roadmaps and explore collaborative investments
in the global supply chain.

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2018 sponsors include 3M, Advantest, Air Products, AMEC, Amkor Technology, Applied
Materials, ASE Group, ASM Technologies, Evatec,
Festo, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Hitachi High-Technologies, KLA-Tencor,
Kulicke & Soffa, Lam Research, Mi EQUIPMENT, National Instruments, Rudolph
Technologies, SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions, SPTS Technologies, TF AMD Microelectronics, Tokyo
Electron, TORAY and Carl Zeiss Pte Ltd. Supporting partners
include Malaysia Investment & Development Authority, Malaysia External Trade
Development Corporation, Ministry of International Trade and Industry,
Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition
Bureau, Malaysia Automotive Institute, Malaysia Productivity Corporation, Malaysian
Industrial Development Finance Berhad, SME Bank, SME
Corporation Malaysia, The Institution of Engineers Malaysia, INTI International
University & Colleges, InvestPenang, Semiconductor
Fabrication Association of Malaysia,
Small And Medium Enterprises Association, Surface
Mount Technology Association, Singapore Manufacturing Federation and Saigon
Hi-Tech Park.

About SEMI

SEMI® connects over 2,000 member companies and
1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology
and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the
innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services
that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic
products. FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and
the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic
Association Partners, defined communities within SEMI focused on
specific technologies. Since 1970, SEMI has built connections that have
helped its members prosper, create new markets, and address common industry
challenges together. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Berlin,
Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley (Milpitas,
Calif.), Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information,
visit www.semi.org and follow SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.

This
news release is issued on behalf of

SEMI
by Acendus Communications Sdn Bhd

For
further enquiries, please contact Michael Poh at 012 395 5202 or

Reshvinder
Kaur at 017 275 7985

 

Largest Ever SEMICON Southeast Asia Showcases Smart Technologies


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Ministry of International Trade and Industry officiates regional showcase on the electronics manufacturing supply chain

KUALA LUMPUR – May 7, 2019 – Dr. Ong Kian Ming, the Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry, officiated the opening of SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019, an annual gathering of the global electronics manufacturing supply chain, today. Held for the second year in Kuala Lumpur, and fifth time in Malaysia, the showcase with the theme ‘Fostering a Resilient and Growing Electronics Manufacturing Supply Chain in South East Asia’ brings together industry experts from around the world for critical insights into the semiconductor ecosystem, new business opportunities and collaboration.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ajit Manocha, CEO of SEMI said thatSEMICON Southeast Asia 2019underscores the significance of the Electrical and Electronics (E&E) segment’s economic contribution to Malaysia. “The showcase aims to bridge Malaysia’s three important electronics clusters while at the same time, serve as a central connection point to the rest of Southeast Asia’s electronics manufacturing supply chain. With the rapid proliferation of digital technology across a multitude of applications market, Southeast Asia electronics manufacturing especially Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines will continue to expand the semiconductor market share and growth.”

“A strong manufacturing sector would pave the way to enhancing productivity, job creation, innovation capacity, high-skilled talent development and ultimately economic prosperity and societal well-being. Hence, given Malaysia’s strong manufacturing base built over the years and on-going Industry4WRDinitiatives, the country is well positioned to be a primary destination for smart manufacturing and a location for more high-tech activities.” said Dr. Ong Kian Ming. He also shared that the approved investments in the electrical and electronics industry by MIDA has increased from RM9.7 billion in 2017 to RM11.2 billion in 2018, which is an encouraging sign despite the slowing global technology cycle and global trade tensions. It is a healthy indication that Malaysia’s economy is moving in the right direction.

“The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is once again pleased to collaborate with SEMI for the organisation of SEMICON SEA 2019 in Malaysia. This year, we have with us 16 companies at the Malaysia Pavilion representing various activities and products in the electronics value chain and ecosystem. We want to connect with more companies and foster strategic collaborations in the tech space. The country is continuously building on its strengths and capitalising on megatrends to move up the value chain. Therefore, Malaysia is indeed a competitive destination for businesses to grow,” said Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA.

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019 is expected to draw more than 9,000 visitors, an all-time event record, to the new Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC). The three-day event (7-9 May 2019) features three themed pavilions, five global pavilions, inspiring keynote presentations and a host of technology forums to address key trends and issues in the electronics manufacturing supply chain.

For the first time, SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019 will be showcasing a live, fully-fledged smart factory at its Smart Manufacturing Pavilion, allowing delegates to walk through the entire end-to-end microelectronics supply chain. Each component along the smart factory multi-step line will be displayed, virtually and with actual equipment on the floor, from design and materials through front-end patterning, packaging and test to final board and system assembly. There will also be subject matter experts in attendance as well as a unique AR (augmented reality) interactive human-machine interface for delegates to experience.

The showcase will also address the critical industry shortage of skilled workers in the industry at the Workforce & Talent Development Pavilion. A career fair specifically for the E&E industry will be held on 8 & 9 May 2019, with over 200 vacancies by 20 key high technology MNC companies.

At the World of IoT Pavilion, companies from across the region will demonstrate technologies that enable smart lifestyles as start-ups showcase pioneering and disruptive products and applications powered by IoT (Internet-of-Things).

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019 highlights also include the popular Supplier Search Programme, World of IoT fund pitching and business-matching sessions, industry VIP networking, and the Southeast Asia Investment Forum (SAIF).

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019 is strongly supported by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia. MyCEB serves as a central hub to assist meeting and event planners to bid and stage international business events in Malaysia and act as a conduit for national product development to all local as well as international organisers. Business events is a catalyst for socio-economic growth and helps to elevate the lives of the professional and local communities in Malaysia.

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019 Strategic Partners:

Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

Supporting Partners:

Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC)

Malaysian Industrial Development Finance (MIDF)

Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARII)

Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM)

Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (MIMOS)

Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Berhad (EXIM Bank)

Department of Standards Malaysia

InvestKL Malaysia

Invest Penang Malaysia

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB)

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture

Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines (SEIPI)

Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF)

Silicon Saxony

DreamCatcher

Semiconductor Fabrication Association of Malaysia (SFAM)

Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF)

Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP)

Sponsors:

ADLINK Technology Singapore Pte Ltd Advantest

AMEC International ASE Group

ASM Technologie Applied Materials

Carl Zeiss Pte Ltd Cimetrix®

Cohu Edwards Vacuum

Evatec GLOBALFOUNDRIES

IntelHewlett Packard Enterprise

INFICONHitachi High-Technologies

Hiwin Singapore Pte LtdISC Co., Ltd.

Kanken TechnoKLA Corporation

Kulicke & Soffa Kx

Lam Research National Instruments

Mi EQUIPMENT OMRON

PTW Asia Rudolph Technologies

SCREEN Siemens Malaysia

SPTS Technologies TIBCO Software Inc.

Tokyo Electron UPS

ViTrox Corporation Berhad

About SEMI

SEMI® connects more than 2,260 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic Association Partners, defined communities within SEMI focused on specific technologies. Visit www.semi.orgtolearnmore, contact one of our worldwide offices,and connect with SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal promotion agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Starting operations in 1967 with a relatively small set up of 37 staff, MIDA has grown to become a strong and dynamic organisation of over 700 employees. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA today has 12 regional and 20 overseas offices. MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, @OfficialMIDA.

For more information, please contact:

Puan Azlina Hamdan

Director, Electrical and Electronics Division, MIDA

Tel.: 03-2267 3791 | Email: [email protected]

Posted on : 07 May 2019

Smart Manufacturing Takes Centre Stage at Semicon Southeast Asia 2019


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PORT KLANG, Malaysia, May 3, 2019 – C. Steinweg Logistics (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., a fully owned subsidiary of C. Steinweg Warehousing (F.E.) Pte Ltd and a member of C. Steinweg Group, today announced the Grand Opening of its Port Klang Natural Resources & Commodities Hub. Port Klang will be Steinweg’s second owned-and-operated London Metal Exchange (LME) Delivery Point in Malaysia, after Johor Port Terminal 2, and the country’s first European-Standard Chemical Warehouse in the Klang Valley.

On the LME, the world’s premier non-ferrous metals market which handles more than 80% of the base metals transacted globally, C. Steinweg is a leading player, running close to 200 warehouses in 17 regional hubs. Known as the industry pioneer, Steinweg has a track record of being the first operator in many important trading hubs around theworld.

In Malaysia, C. Steinweg was one of the first LME operators to operate in Johor Port Terminal 1 (since 2004) and Port Klang Free Zone (since 2009). In November 2018, Steinweg was again the first LME operator to list its own built-and-operated warehouse in Johor Port Terminal 2.

“Today’s opening of C. Steinweg’s Natural Resources & Commodities Hub in Port Klang will further cement our leading advantage as an LME warehouse operator. While metals and minerals form a key part of our business, agricultural soft commodities is another big pillar especially for our Southeast Asia markets,” said Mr Ulf Boll, Global CEO, C. Steinweg Group. “We are also growing a name in handling packed hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals following the highest industrystandards.”

“Our chemical footprints have expanded from Rotterdam to China, South Korea, Middle East, South Africa, Turkey and other European countries in the past decades; now our goal is to meet the strong growth in chemical logistics needs in Asia-Pacific region, namely Malaysia, Vietnam and other ASEAN countries”, added MrBoll.

Widely expected to be the first-of-its-kind in Port Klang, Steinweg’s Natural Resources & Commodities Hub will tap into rising demand for safe, efficient and internationally compliant chemical warehouse in the fast growing Port Klang area. Besides warehousing and distribution, customers can also look forward to the convenience of one-stop value-add services such as repacking of chemicals and plastics, enabling them to maximise and localise their supply chain to serve regional markets via Malaysia. Many of Steinweg Group’s existing customers have warmly welcomed the move.

In acknowledging this high value-added investment, Mr. Arham Abdul Rahman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer I of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) said, “The expansion by Steinweg Group speaks volumes about the existing strengths and future potential of Malaysia from a market demand perspective and the ease of doing business. We have worked with Steinweg since 2014 to bring this project forward, from feasibility study stage to execution. We are pleased that those engagements have now come to fruition. Steinweg has made Malaysia as its strategic base for chemical logistics hub in ASEAN. We are pleased that the company has found many young talents to work in both their facilities in Johor and Port Klang. Malaysian employees will benefit from the comprehensive training programmes provided by Steinweg where they will be trained and coached by the company’s Centres of Excellence in Rotterdam, Singapore and Shanghai. These will enhance the capabilities of our local talents to compete at the global level.”

“It is an exciting news that Steinweg has opened a new facility in Malaysia. In China, BASF has cooperated with Steinweg for many years. Safety and compliance are our top priorities and we look forward to building our relationship further to provide better services to our customers,” said Mr Jeff Xu, Regional Category Buyer, Logistics Procurement Asia Pacific, BASF.

“Steinweg has been an important supplier for Eastman Chemical Company in the Netherlands for over 40 years, and more recently in Dubai, South Africa, China, and Korea,” said Derek Teo, Manager, Asia Pacific Logistics, Eastman Chemical Company. “Eastman values their collaboration as we focus on delivering a superior experience for our customers.”

Steinweg’s Initial Investment Amount in Port Klang Free Zone is estimated at RM 168 mil for Phase 1 to develop an area of 610,000 sqft in which covered warehouse building of 270,000 sqft, generating up to 70 direct and indirect jobs. The Company expects Phase 2 of remaining 538,000 sf to be developed soon given the positive feedback from the market.

About C.Steinweg

C. Steinweg is one of the world’s leading warehousing and logistics service providers, with a long heritage of expertise in the commodity trade from our founding in 1847. In the last 172 years, our company has grown from its origins in Rotterdam to a vast network of 110 offices across the world.

A major expansion phase began in the 1960s when C. Steinweg made inroads into other parts of Western Europe, followed by Asia and the Americas (1980s), then the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia/Baltic region (1990s onwards). We are now a truly multinational company with close to 7 Million m2 of space and 20 km length of quay, handling over 25 million metric tons of various commoditiesannually.

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Posted on : 03 May 2019

C. Steinweg Launches Integrated Commodities Hub and Malaysia’s First European-Standard Chemical Warehouse In Port Klang


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Penang has consistently ranked among the top investment destinations in the country over the last five decades. As of 2018, MIDA approved a total of 4,084 manufacturing projects with investments worth RM129.1 billion for Penang.

16 May 2019, Kuala Lumpur – Penang has consistently ranked among the top investment destinations in the country over the last five decades. As of 2018, MIDA approved a total of 4,084 manufacturing projects with investments worth RM129.1 billion for Penang. These projects have created over 516,600 job opportunities, mainly in electrical and electronics products, basic metal products, scientific and measuring equipment, machinery and equipment and transport equipment. Approved foreign investments in the manufacturing sector totalled RM90.4 billion, accounting for 70 per cent of total investments approved for the State, while domestic investments assuming the remaining 30 per cent or RM 38.7 billion. Last year alone, a total of 108 manufacturing projects to be located in Penang worth RM5.8 billion were approved by MIDA.

“Since the arrival of the eight pioneer foreign companies also known as the ‘8 Samurais’ in Penang, in the 1970s, the state continues to have a strong presence of MNCs and Large Local Corporations (LLCs). Companies such as WD Media (Malaysia), Intel Technology, Jabil Circuits, B Braun Medical Industries, Osram Opto Semiconductor, HP Malaysia, Vitrox Technologies, Inari Group, Southern Steel, and DSEM System Technology hold much promise for business collaborations and opportunities,” said Mr Arham Abdul Rahman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) of MIDA during the MIDA Invest Series: Unfolding States’ Business Potential held yesterday at the MIDA Headquarters.

The Invest Series event which highlighted the comparative and competitive advantages of investing in Penang featured a presentation by YBhg. Dato’ Seri Lee Kah Choon, Special Investment Advisor to Chief Minister of Penang. The event attracted over 250 participants ranging from embassies, business chambers and associations as well as industry players from the services and manufacturing sector.

During the event, Mr. Arham also highlighted the programmes introduced by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry as follows:

  • i.The Readiness Assessment programme whereby up to 500 qualified SMEs can be part of the programme for free;
  • ii.A loan guarantee programme for companies to invest in automation and modernisation;
  • iii.The double tax deduction initiative to improve the employability of graduates and Industry 4.0 related skill competencies,
  • iv.The Industry 4WRD Vendor Development Programmes.

“MIDA currently facilitates Industry 4.0 related investments through schemes such as Tax Incentives, Domestic Investment Strategic Fund (DISF), Automation Capital Allowance (Automation CA) and High Impact Fund (HIF). Multiple engagements with the business community are currently undertaken to highlight the opportunities that are available for companies,” said En. Arham.

The Deputy CEO of MIDA also said that taking into account that the various incentives and grants currently provided by the Government are insufficient to address the need of local companies, MIDA has established a dedicated team under the Investment Coordination Platform or ICP to assist local companies or SMEs to grow their businesses and investment portfolio. The ICP team works closely with equity and venture capital firms, corporate finance advisory firms, government agencies as well as local regulators and technology providers.

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About MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal promotion agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Starting operations in 1967 with a relatively small set up of 37 staff, MIDA has grown to become a strong and dynamic organisation of over 700 employees. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA today has 12 regional and 20 overseas offices. MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, @OfficialMIDA.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Sikh Shamsul Sikh Abdul Majid

Director

Domestic Investment & Supply Chain Division, MIDA

Tel.: 03 2267 3766

Email: [email protected]

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Posted on : 16 May 2019

Penang Attracts Rm129.1 Billion Worth of Approved Investments in the Manufacturing Sector as At 2018


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Moving forward, the team will engage and strategise various action plans covering promotional activities and engagements with relevant stakeholders including domestic industries.

Following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and China Communications Construction Company Ltd. (CCCC) on 25 April 2019 in Beijing, witnessed by YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed, Prime Minister of Malaysia and His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, a dedicated team within MIDA has been established to facilitate, evaluate and review the implementation of the Economic Accelerator Projects (EAP) along theEast Coast Railway Link (ECRL) corridor.

Moving forward, the team will engage and strategise various action plans covering promotional activities and engagements with relevant stakeholders including domestic industries.

These catalytic projects will create a wide spectrum of business and job opportunities including the development of industrial parks, logistics hub and transit-oriented development along the ECRL corridor.

The ECRL project, which will form the East-West rail transport network is designed to stimulate the commercial, logistic, import & export, as well as tourism development activities along the proposed alignment. With the inflows of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) & Domestic Investment (DI) and potential growth for industrial, commercial and tourism sectors, the railway will contribute towards bridging the development gap between the east and west coasts of Peninsular Malaysia.

MIDA together with CCCC will promote the EAP to maximise its success potential and invite local and international investors to invest in the projects. Both parties will also undertake cooperation and capacity building activities to encourage the industrial and business communities to organise or participate in dialogues, workshops, seminars and conferences; technical assistance to promote and facilitate capacity building and training; the sharing of best practices.

MIDA will provide information regarding the implementation of EAP from time to time.

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For more information, please contact:

En. Farez Amha Abdullah

Senior Deputy Director, ECRL Unit, MIDA

Tel.: 03-2267 3462

Email: [email protected]

ABOUT MIDA

MIDA is the government’s principal promotion agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Starting operations in 1967 with a relatively small set up of 37 staff, MIDA has grown to become a strong and dynamic organisation of over 700 employees. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA today has 12 regional and 20 overseas offices. MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, @OfficialMIDA.

Posted on : 15 May 2019

MIDA Establishes Dedicated Team to Promote The Development of Industrial Parks, Infrastructure, Logistics Hub and Transit-Oriented Developments Along ECRL Project


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