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Malaysia’s First Luge Attraction Breaks Ground at Gamuda Gardens

Gamuda Land reveals Gamuda Gardens City Centre masterplan

PETALING JAYA, Selangor – Gamuda Land today hosted a ground-breaking ceremony for the country’s first Luge Activity Park by the renowned Queenstown-based leisure and entertainment operator Skyline Enterprises.

The ceremony, witnessed by Her Excellency Pam Dunn, New Zealand High Commissioner, Mr. Sivasuriyamoorthy Sundara Raja, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) Investment Promotion and Facilitation of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Catherine Rusby, New Zealand Trade Commissioner and officiated by Ngan Chee Meng, Chief Executive Officer of Gamuda Land and Chu Wai Lune, Chief Operating Officer of Gamuda Land alongside Geoff McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Skyline Enterprises, took place at the township of Gamuda Gardens.

The milestone ceremony marks the beginning of construction of the Skyline Luge Activity Park which will open to the public by end of 2023.

“When we create a place, we create a personality. This is because people remember the places they grow up in, places where they create lasting memories. That is why our town-making comprises mindful placemaking to create great community places where people will experience the unique personality of our towns, get a feel for the place and want to be a part of it,” said Chu Wai Lune, Chief Operating Officer of Gamuda Land.

Chu added, “By harnessing our expertise in town-making and leveraging fruitful collaboration with like-minded partners such as Skyline Enterprises for our community placemaking, today’s ceremony demonstrates how we are able to create sustainable developments which can cater to the needs and wants of people, especially ones that are surrounded by nature with ample public spaces for the community.”

Mr. Sivasuriyamoorthy Sundara Raja, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO), Investment Promotion and Facilitation of MIDA said, “Skyline Enterprises’ decision to expand its business in Malaysia is a testament of our country’s growing positive business sentiment among the community of tourism investors. Tourism is the third-largest contributor from the services sector towards our GDP. This is due to the fact that Malaysia is one of the biggest ASEAN tourist attractions, drawing hundreds of thousands of tourists to some of the fascinating tourist destinations in Asia. In line with the National Tourism Policy 2020-2030, MIDA aims to harness the competitiveness of Malaysia’s tourism industry to attract high-value and innovative investments which empower local communities and achieve other socio-economic development objectives. MIDA will continue to facilitate and support Skyline Enterprise’s project implementation and its future expansion.”

Getting the places right to make the town work

“Skyline Enterprises is committed to growing our global operations, and we are excited to be bringing our fun-filled leisure experiences to Malaysia and to Gamuda Gardens. Gamuda Land’s development ethos is aligned to that of Skyline Enterprises in creating a sustainable future for the people and planet. The Skyline Luge Park in Gamuda Gardens will bring a different and exciting experience for our visitors. It is designed to work within the local terrain and will deliver an exciting ride from the top of the 40m elevated hill,” said Geoff McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Skyline Enterprises.

Built on a 30,000 sqm site, the Luge Activity Park will be Skyline Enterprises fourth park in Asia with the others located in Singapore and Busan and Tong Yeong in South Korea. The park will feature the world’s first multi-cornered zipline and the country’s first ever ski lift ride.

A gravity-fuelled ride, the Skyline Luge experience is on a 600m purpose-built track with themed landscaping along the route providing an exhilarating experience for visitors. Whilst Skyline Skyride offers visitors a bird’s eye view of Gamuda Gardens and the beauty of the surrounding natural landscape, Skyline Ziplines will soar over the multi-cornered Luge tracks, for an adrenaline-pumping experience.

Gamuda Gardens City Centre – an integrated retail, leisure and commerce park

Keeping in line with targets set under Pillar 1 of the Gamuda Green Plan 2025: Sustainable Planning & Design for Construction, the 50-acre Gamuda Gardens City Centre is mindfully master-planned as an integrated retail, leisure and commerce park.

Designed with an interconnected inner courtyard space, surrounded by office buildings, residences towers and a 1-million sq. ft. regional retail-tainment mall anchored by the Luge activity park and a 50,000 sq. ft. Play Park, the masterplan emphasises bicycles over cars, with dedicated tree-lined, car-free, bicycles and pedestrian linear boulevards to encourage greener mobility around town.

“Malls have evolved to be more dynamic rather brick and mortar ones. The novel concept of a biophilic retail-tainment mall focuses on retail, al-fresco F&B and leisure activities set amidst an open-space layout that promotes better natural lighting and ventilation with good connection to nature. Keeping to the biophilic theme, we have also designed a linear park connecting the mall to the play places such as the Luge Activity Park and the Play Park, keeping everything seamlessly connected,” Chu explained.

By end of 2023, Skyline Luge Activity Park, the Play Park encompassing a good mix of wet and dry recreational rides, the linear boulevard flanked by open-air retail spaces on both sides will be ready to kick-start the vibrancy at Gamuda Gardens City Centre. Consequently, the mall will be opened in phases with tenants mix from F&B, retail, entertainment, supermarket and more supporting the community at Gamuda Gardens and its surrounding vicinity.

With a 10-year strategic blueprint in-place to make the Gamuda Gardens township into a full-fledge city to cater to the Northern corridor of the Klang Valley, Gamuda Gardens City Centre masterplan calls for an effective placemaking for quality public spaces that contributes to people’s health, happiness and well-being. These initiatives will complement the township’s residential and lifestyle components.

Gamuda Gardens is conveniently accessible via major routes including the North-South, LATAR and Guthrie Corridor Expressways and a mere 15-minutes from Kuala Lumpur.

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About Gamuda Land
Gamuda Land is the property arm of Gamuda Berhad – the monumental nation builder with a spectrum of experience and expertise in engineering, construction and infrastructure concessions based in Malaysia. Gamuda Land has over two decades of experience in developing townships, high-rise developments, country clubs and commercial real estates. Some of its high profile, award-winning projects in Malaysia include Horizon Hills, Kota Kemuning, Bandar Botanic, Jade Hills and Valencia among others; more notably, its international foothold is further strengthened by its overseas projects in Australia, Singapore and Vietnam respectively, some of which have also won numerous awards.

About Gamuda Gardens
Gamuda Gardens is an 810-acre development that ingeniously fuses lifestyle and nature in one township. Set amidst natural undulating terrain with rolling hills, where 5 cascading lakes to the 50-acre pet friendly Central Park. This township features mindful placemaking initiatives perfect for the entire family, including the Waterfront Village, Gardens Wellness, Adventure Playland, lookout points, and more. The upcoming Gamuda Gardens City Centre is a commercial and retail-tainment hub that will boost the township’s vibrancy to be the pulse of Klang Valley North.

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, TikTok and YouTube.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Ryan Mok
Gamuda Land
[email protected]
019-657 2177

Kimmy Foo Kit Leng
Gamuda Land
[email protected]
012-991 2719

MIDA
Wahida Abdul Rahman (Ms.)
Director, Healthcare, Education and Hospitality Division, MIDA
E: +603-2267 6622
T: [email protected]

Malaysia’s First Luge Attraction Breaks Ground at Gamuda Gardens


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The Facility is aimed to acquire the abilities to develop a customer support system and establish a position as a global leader in the manufacturing and assembly of cutting-edge materials in the semiconductor manufacturing equipment field.

Kedah, May 18 2022 — Ferrotec Holdings Corporation, a global supplier of materials, components, and precision system solutions, has announced its establishment of the new manufacturing facility at Kulim Hi-Tech Park, Kedah, facilitated by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). The plant which will be undertaking electromechanical assembly and advanced material fabrication for semiconductor equipment is designed to meet customer needs while also expanding the Group’s business globally.

The plant is expected to kickstart its operation in 2023. With a total investment expected to exceed RM500 million and at a facility of more than 80,000 square feet, the project is anticipated to create approximately 250 high-value jobs for Malaysians. As a tier 1 company supplying to MNCs in semiconductor industry, the company has committed to provide trainings to Malaysian employees at the factories in Japan and the United States.

“Ferrotec’s decision on choosing Malaysia as a destination of choice for its high-tech manufacturing facility speaks volumes of our talent readiness, strength and capability of our manufacturing and business ecosystems. Indeed, Ferrotec’s presence in Malaysia will turbocharge our local talent development and strengthen our value proposition in the global supply chain,” said Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

He also stressed that Ferrotec’s investment will open up greater possibilities for other global companies in the industry to follow suit and invest in Malaysia. He added that this major investment is poised to realise Malaysia’s long-term aspiration of becoming a global manufacturing hub.

In 2021, the machinery and equipment (M&E) industry received 48 approved projects worth RM1.67 billion in investment from both foreign and domestic sources. These projects are expected to generate 2,500 employment opportunities, with about 56 per cent of employees in the managerial, technical and engineering related skills. The specialised M&E for specific industries sub-sector is the largest contributor of investment for 2021, with 16 projects totalling RM592 million approved.

“Ferrotec has seen increasing demand for our products and services in Asia. With this new production facility, we expect to provide expanded capacity, improve business continuity for critical activities, and most importantly, ensure that our customers do not experience disruptions to their supplies from us,” said Eiji Miyanaga, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ferrotec (USA) Corporation.

Datuk Arham Abdul Rahman, CEO of MIDA concluded “It is encouraging to know that Ferrotec, who is the key supplier to a leading global front-end wafer fabrication equipment manufacturer has decided to establish a plant in Kulim, Kedah. With Malaysia’s attractive talent pool, positive investment environment, and diversified supply chain among others, I am optimistic that Ferrotec will benefit from the spillovers the nation has created and have more to offer to its global customers.”

To continue transforming the industry, the Malaysian government encourages investors to invest in state-of-the-art technologies that can support advanced manufacturing processes across supply chains.

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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. 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, YouTube and TikTok.

About Ferrotec

Founded in 1980, on a technology core of Ferrofluid magnetic liquid and Ferrofluidic® sealing products, Ferrotec Holdings Corporation (6890 TSE Standard) is a worldwide leader in the supply of materials, components, and precision system solutions for industrial businesses. Ferrotec is a diversified world-class industrial organization with a global presence in a broad array of technology driven end markets (semiconductors, automotive, biomedical applications, smart phones, LEDs and FPDs). More information about Ferrotec’s products can be found at www.ferrotec.com.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Zakiah Sajidan
Director, Machinery & Metal Technology Division, MIDA
E: [email protected]
T: +603-2267 3628

Mr. Tom McKee
Marketing Communications Manager
E: [email protected]
T: +1 (408)-964-7700

Ferrotec Chooses Malaysia to Expand Manufacturing Capacity to Grow Its Global Business


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Kuala Lumpur, 11 May 2022 – Indium Corporation, a US-based global materials supplier to the electronics assembly and semiconductor packaging industries, announced its investment of RM250 million (USD57 million; BNM exchange rate USD1 = MYR 4.3845) today for its expansion in Malaysia with its new manufacturing facility for its advanced solder paste and engineered solder products set to be constructed in Penang.

The new Penang-based facility, which spans 37,500 square feet will manufacture finished products such as solder pastes, fluxes, and preforms. The facility is anticipated to commence operation in two (2) phases, with solder paste manufacturing by the end of 2022 and engineered materials manufacturing in 2023. The project is also anticipated to create 88 high-value new jobs.

This investment announcement coincides with the Trade and Investment Mission (TIM) to the USA led by YB. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), which included a meeting with Indium Corporation representatives in Washington DC.

In welcoming Indium Corporation’s announcement, Dato’ Seri Azmin said, “As the world gradually opens its international borders following the transition to endemicity, Indium’s move to establish presence in Malaysia cannot come at a more opportune time towards ramping up our economic recovery. This is particularly so towards furthering our strength in the electronics industry through the advancement of electronics materials solutions and its larger ecosystem. Indeed, this development provides a stepping stone for our local electronics industry, in line with our National Investment Aspirations (NIA) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals. It is exciting that Indium is currently planning to leverage on Malaysia’s capabilities in manufacturing operations and has expressed intentions to establish a R&D innovation lab and training facility, signifying its confidence in the local ecosystem and Malaysia’s high-skilled talent. We look forward to this strategic partnership with Indium with its high value-added activities for mutually benefitting outcomes.

Datuk Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) said “The establishment of Indium’s new production facility in Malaysia is a mark of confidence in the continuous sustainable growth of the Malaysian economy, particularly in the metal industry. Driven by our NIA and supported by Malaysia’s business-friendly policies, extensive infrastructure, robust support industries and talented workforce, MIDA continuously supports our investors in becoming prominent players within the global value chain, thereby strengthening our nation’s position as a global manufacturing hub, benefiting our local industry and people. Therefore, we are honoured that Indium, which supplies a crucial component within the value chain of our well-established electronics industry, has chosen to expand its presence here. We hope to see the company grow to greater heights in the years ahead.”

Indium Corporation’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Ross Berntson enthused, “Indium Corporation is proud to continue its more than 40-year history of doing business in Malaysia with this new manufacturing facility in Penang. Supported by Malaysia’s established supply chain ecosystem for the electronics industry, this new location will allow Indium Corporation to further improve lead times for deliveries while bringing us closer to our customers in the region. We’d also like to express our thanks to MIDA for their assistance with this project.”

Penang also houses the company’s Malaysia Tech Hub, a regional centre for the development of electronics assembly expertise and customer service, as well as a logistics and manufacturing support centre.

Indium Corporation produces a diverse range of solders and solder paste products engineered to provide a solution to new and emerging challenges in the printed circuit board assembly and semiconductor manufacturing market space. The following products will be manufactured at the new facility:

●    Solder Paste: Indium Corporation’s Indium8.9HF Solder Paste Series is an award-winning, best all-around halogen-free paste that delivers superior printing and voiding performance.

●    Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs): Indium Corporation is an industry leader in high-performance solder- and metal-based TIMs for a variety of applications.

●    Die-Attach/Power Semiconductor: Indium Corporation’s proven, innovative material solutions for die-attach and power semiconductor applications are designed to increase productivity, performance, and efficiencies.

The company serves a vast array of high-tech and critical application sectors including automotive, defence, mobile, medical, power module, and thermal management.

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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. 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, YouTube and TikTok.

About Indium Corporation

Indium Corporation® is a premier materials refiner, smelter, manufacturer, and supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, thin-film, and thermal management markets. Products include solders and fluxes; brazes; thermal interface materials; sputtering targets; indium, gallium, germanium, and tin metals and inorganic compounds; and NanoFoil®. Founded in 1934, the company has global technical support and factories located in China, Germany, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

For more information about Indium Corporation, visit www.indium.com or email [email protected] You can also follow our experts, From One Engineer To Another® (#FOETA), at www.linkedin.com/company/indium-corporation/ or @IndiumCorp.

For any further enquires, please contact:

Ms. Zakiah Sajidan

Director, Machinery & Metal Technology Division

MIDA

E: [email protected]

T: +603-2267 6769

Ms. Jingya Huang

Marketing Communications Manager

Indium Corporation

E: [email protected]

T: +1 (315) 381-4900

Indium Corporation Expands Presence In Malaysia With New Manufacturing Facility


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Penang, May 9, 2022 – SIMMTECH, a South Korea-based global leading manufacturer for semiconductor packaging substrate and HDI Printed Circuit Board (PCB), held the grand opening ceremony for its Malaysia-based subsidiary, SUSTIO Sdn. Bhd. in Batu Kawan Industrial Park, Penang. This new factory will be SIMMTECH’s first advanced manufacturing facility in Southeast Asia and the group’s eighth factory along with its other operations in Korea, China and Japan. SUSTIO’s factory in Penang will increase SIMMTECH’s total capacity of substrate and PCB by 20 per cent, which will immediately contribute to improve the semiconductor industry supply constraint situation which can aptly address the needs among the industry players.

The Chief Minister of Penang, the Honourable Mr. Chow Kon Yeow said “Penang is pleased to see an emergence of players along the semiconductor supply chain, enabling the State to reap a myriad of benefits from the increased robustness of its well-developed industrial ecosystem. Being the first major Korean investor from the semiconductor industry in Penang and a critical supplier for memory module PCB and substrate, the presence of SUSTIO is poised to bring greater opportunities for supply chain resiliency.”

“The State, via InvestPenang and other relevant state agencies, is committed in ensuring a versatile talent pool, supportive infrastructure and resilient industry clusters. These are among the imperatives for effective supply chain management and sustained competitiveness, all of which are believed to add value on SUSTIO’s operation in Penang,” Chow elaborated.

Ms. Lim Bee Vian, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO), Investment Development, of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) remarked, “We would like to congratulate SUSTIO for the opening of the new factory in Batu Kawan Industrial Park. It is formidable to see more new foreign investors recognise Malaysia as an integrated global manufacturing hub for the electrical and electronics (E&E) industry and SUSTIO is one of them. It is indeed the right choice. Today’s event is a testament to Malaysia’s business and manufacturing ecosystem’s competitive edge and reputation as an ideal destination for global and regional business expansions. Through SUSTIO’s new substrate and PCB factory it could serve as an important link in driving the global E&E supply chain”.

“This project is expected to employ high-skilled workforce especially Malaysians in the field of engineering, manufacturing and quality management. The establishment of the plant will create greater opportunities for local companies through the vendor development programme in the areas of automation, supply of raw materials and quality control. This will also be a viable platform for collaboration with various local universities under the internship programme,” she added.

“We have already engaged with our key customers for the new site qualification programme and are expecting to start delivering mass volume of substrate and PCB products to the customers from the second half of this year,” said Mr. Jeffery Chun, the Managing Director of SIMMTECH SE ASIA.

“SUSTIO factory’s commencement is just in time for the new DRAM technology transition (DDR5). We will ramp up this new site mainly for our DRAM and NAND customers worldwide. We are very grateful to Malaysia’s Federal Government agency through MIDA and Penang state Government agency, InvestPenang, for their tireless support to our project. We couldn’t have navigated our project under the challenging environment without them” said Mr. Chun.

In May 2021, SUSTIO broke ground on an 18 acre site at Batu Kawan Industrial Park investing more than RM600 million. Despite the lock down, the practical construction work took only nine months to complete, and the factory is now fully equipped and ready to run mass production.

SUSTIO has already employed more than 700 workforce and it will reach its full employment of more than 1,000 employees by next year. The new Penang factory will deliver the first ‘Made in Malaysia’ semiconductor memory chip packaging substrate and module/SSD PCB, bolstering Malaysia’s semiconductor supply chain even further.

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About SIMMTECH

SIMMTECH is a business group from Korea, focusing on developing and manufacturing semiconductor packaging substrates and high value printed circuit boards. SIMMTECH was found in Korea 1987, currently listed 2 companies in KOSDAQ. SIMMTECH’s sales revenue recorded more than MYR 4 billion last year with around 4,000 employees around the world. SIMMTECH is the largest semiconductor packaging substrate and module/SSD PCB supplier in the memory chip industry and is the only manufacturer that supplies its products to all top 5 memory companies in the industry.

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, TikTok and YouTube channel.

About InvestPenang

InvestPenang is the Penang State Government’s principal agency for promotion of investment. Its objectives are to develop and sustain Penang’s economy by enhancing and continuously supporting business activities in the State through foreign and local investments, including spawning viable new growth centers. To realize its objectives, InvestPenang also runs initiatives like the SMART Penang Center (providing assistance to SMEs), Penang CAT Center (for talent attraction and retention) and i4.0 seed fund (a catalyst for the startup ecosystem). For more information, please visit https://investpenang.gov.my/ and follow InvestPenang’s social media channels: Facebook ; LinkedIn.

For media enquiries, please contact:

MIDA
Ms. Noor Suziyanti Saad
Director, Electrical & Electronics Division
MIDA
T: +603-2267 3575
E: [email protected]

InvestPenang
Yeoh Bit Kun / Ooi Phei Wen
E: [email protected] / [email protected]

SIMMTECH
Edwin Dudley
Planning Manager
T: +012 2630027 |
E: [email protected]

SIMMTECH to Deliver The First Made In Malaysia Memory Chip Packaging Substrate Through Its Malaysian Subsidiary Sustio Sdn. Bhd.


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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.

Media Contacts 

Manjit Kaur (Ms.)

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

Ines Najorka (Ms.)

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

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


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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

Media Contacts 

Manjit Kaur Balkar Singh (Ms)

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

Anthony Lopez-M: [email protected]

Zhang Jieqi: [email protected]

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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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.

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news release is issued on behalf of

SEMI
by Acendus Communications Sdn Bhd

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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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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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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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MIDA will continue its operations physically at its headquarters on 6 May 2020 following the ease of the Movement Control Order restrictions as announced by YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia on 1 May 2020. While MIDA officials continue to work from home, up to 50% of its workforce will return to its headquarters on 6 May to better assist businesses in their operations.

5 May 2020, Kuala Lumpur – MIDA will continue its operations physically at its headquarters on 6 May 2020 following the ease of the Movement Control Order restrictions as announced by YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia on 1 May 2020. While MIDA officials continue to work from home, up to 50% of its workforce will return to its headquarters on 6 May to better assist businesses in their operations.

The visiting hours, including visitors to the Immigration Unit at MIDA during Ramadan month will be from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm and 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm. Visitors are encouraged to make prior appointments. All visitors will have to abide by the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) set by MIDA, including temperature checks, safe distancing and the use of face masks and hand sanitiser. MIDA continues to prioritise on containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus by keeping all its staff as safe as possible while minimising disruptions to its services and the operations of businesses. In view of this, stakeholders are encouraged to leverage on various technology tools available for remote communications or virtual meetings such as video conferencing and conference calls. MIDA also encourages the delivery of documents by mail or courier service to reduce physical contact at the premises. 

MIDA officials, particularly the Directors and Deputy Directors can be easily contacted through their respective emails at www.mida.gov.my or through [email protected] For further updates, please visit www.mida.gov.my or follow MIDA on social media platforms namely Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. 

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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 contact: 

Ms Zalina Zainol Director, 

Corporate Communications Division, MIDA 

Tel.: 03-2263 2437 | Email: [email protected]

MIDA HQ Opens Doors on 6 May 2020 to Better Serve Investors and Businesses

Posted on : 05 May 2020

MIDA HQ Opens Doors on 6 May 2020 to Better Serve Investors and Businesses


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Keysight Technologies, Inc., the world’s leading technology company headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, announced the opening of its new Regulatory Test Laboratory in Pulau Pinang on 6 May 2020. The test laboratory will deliver accredited electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing services for manufacturers of electronic devices and mission-critical industries across wireless communications, IIoT, automotive, healthcare and medical applications

Kuala Lumpur, 8 May 2020 – Keysight Technologies, Inc., the world’s leading technology company headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, announced the opening of its new Regulatory Test Laboratory in Pulau Pinang on 6 May 2020. The test laboratory will deliver accredited electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing services for manufacturers of electronic devices and mission-critical industries across wireless communications, IIoT, automotive, healthcare and medical applications.

According to Keysight, the facility in Pulau Pinang is the next world-class compliance and testing facility established by Keysight to offer expertise, knowledge, efficiency, capacity and exceptional customer service including calibration and testing services. Keysight currently has similar testing facilities in California in the United States and in Boeblingen, Germany.

Welcoming the opening of the Test Laboratory, Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) said, “We are very pleased that Keysight continues to expand its value chain by leveraging on the strength of its manufacturing base in the country. The opening of this testing lab also signifies Malaysia’s strong industry ecosystem as well as an important stakeholder in emerging technologies to support autonomous cars, electric vehicles, 5G and IoT devices, as well as medical equipment. This announcement is more gratifying as even during the current challenging period, Malaysia continues to provide added advantages to investors for high-value-added activities that promise a long term and sustainable growth.”

“This establishment will enable manufacturers to shorten their lead time by eliminating the need to send their products abroad for testing, hence provide speedier time to deliver their goods to customers. It will also allow manufacturers to reduce cost as the testing can now be done in the country,” added Dato’ Azman. 

“Keysight is proud of our nearly 50 years of operations in Malaysia and our strong partnership with MIDA through the years, which has enabled the establishment of our latest facility here. We continue to be committed to helping our customers and our ecosystem in the region with our comprehensive solutions, even during the most difficult and demanding times,” said Dato’ Gooi Soon Chai, Keysight Technologies Inc. Senior Vice-president and Keysight’s Electronic Industrial Solutions Group(EISG) President.

Keysight started investing in Malaysia in 1972 with its first operations in the heart of Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. 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.

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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. 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, Linkedin and Youtube channel.

For more information, please contact:

Ms Zalina Zainol

Director, Corporate Communications Division, MIDA 

Tel.: 03-22632437 Email: [email protected]

Posted on : 08 May 2020

Keysight Opens Regulatory Testing Laboratory in Pulau Pinang Signifies Malaysia’s Strong Ecosystem for Emerging Technologies


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