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Dominant Opto Technologies: The One-Stop Center for Opto Packaging

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Dominant Opto Technologies Sdn. Bhd. (Dominant) is a dynamic company that is among the world’s leading automotive Surface Mount (SMT) Light Emitting Diodes (LED) manufacturers. Established in the year 2000, Dominant is a subsidiary of D&O Green Technologies Berhad (D&O).

With its extensive industry experience, relentless pursuit of innovation as well as state-of-the-art  manufacturing and development capabilities, Dominant has become a trusted and reliable local brand, renowned globally.

The Company’s winning strategy is its fundamental emphasis on being the ‘One-Stop Center for Opto Packaging’. The two pivotal  elements that are now synonymous with Dominant are:

  • customer service with speed and competitive pricing through extensive manufacturing automation; and
  • flexible manufacturing concept utilising common manufacturing platforms.

As one of the top five (5) LED suppliers[1] in  the global automotive industry, continuous improvement is Dominant’s critical success

factor. Upon obtaining its Manufacturing  Licence in 2001 from the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Dominant continued expanding its business throughout the year. The Company’s manufacturing concept focuses on integrating automation into every manufacturing process, and the majority of its automation is done in-house, reflecting Dominant’s inherent competencies.

Today, the Dominant Group has more than 1,900 employees worldwide, with its headquarters and manufacturing plant in Melaka, Malaysia and six (6) regional sales offices in the Republic of China, Europe, South Korea, United States of America, Japan and India.

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Dominant is committed to research and development (R&D) and the Company spends more than five (5) per cent of its sales revenue to R&D related activities, valuing more than RM20 million, annually.

With its strong internal R&D team, Dominant  is one of the few worldwide LED automotive manufacturers capable of providing a full spectrum of products, encompassing both interior and exterior automotive lighting solution.

Additionally, Dominant invests heavily in developing Smart LED (IC+LED within a single  product) to cater for new applications such as car projection lighting, car body lighting and smart illumination. This represents another breakthrough undertaking for Dominant, a local own brand manufacturer (“OBM”) company in the niche field of high technology development.

Adding to this, the Research and Markets  ‘Global and China Automotive Lighting Industry Report, 2019-2025’, highlighted that the global automotive lighting market was worth approximately USD32.8 billion, with a year-on-year increase of 8.6 per cent in 2018. The figure is predicted to reach USD57.0 billion in 2025, as the demand for intelligent lamps, especially automotive LED lamp picks up.

To further strengthen its market position, Dominant also expanded its business model  in 2019 to cover both critical upstream and downstream business activities. Strategic subsidiaries that were formed include:

  • Dominant Technologies Sdn. Bhd. (Upstream)

Dominant Technologies was incorporated to enable the Group to develop its technical competency in the area of integrated circuits (IC) development.

  • Dominant Electronics Sdn. Bhd. (Downstream)

Dominant Electronics will focus on design  and manufacturing of printed circuit board assemblies, that is expected to increase customer penetration by offering customised value-added services and products that meet customers’ ever-changing demands.

With the incorporation of these two subsidiaries, the Group is capable of providing a complete lighting solution to customers, generating more than 2,000 work opportunities in Malaysia in the coming years. 

Dominant also look to employ more engineers, in the next 5 to 10 years to further its global footprint. On the backdrop of Malaysia’s developed electrical and electronics (E&E) industry, particularly its matured semiconductor back-end processes, the Company is optimistic that Malaysia has a talented workforce to be tapped on.

Dominant held the opening ceremony of their new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Batu Berendam Free Trade Zone,  Melaka on 5th February 2020. This strategic domestic direct investment (DDI) undertaken by Dominant saw the Company’s total production floor span more than 28,000 square meters to continue supporting and sustaining the industry’s demand globally. By effectively adopting high- density manufacturing platforms and Industry 4.0 concepts in its production process, Dominant was able to expand its production capacity by more than three times.

Dominant’s achievements to-date are just  the beginning of a better tomorrow. This is, undoubtedly, attributable to the company’s loyal and capable management team as well as the support from government authorities such as MIDA. Dominant looks forward to continuously innovating its products, services and operations; ultimately rising to keep ahead of its customers’ demands.

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