Malaysia is committed to improving healthcare delivery standards to provide world-class medical products and technologies. Our medical devices industry produces higher value-added and technologically advanced products such as cardiac pacemakers, stents, orthopaedic implantable devices, electro-medical, therapeutic and monitoring devices.
The country continues to evolve as a manufacturing hub for medical devices in the region. We are home to over 200 manufacturers, of which half of them are involved in the production of medical gloves. More than 30 medical devices MNCs producing higher value-added medical devices have made Malaysia their offshore location for their manufacturing operations such as Abbott, B. Braun, St. Jude Medical, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Symmetry Medical, Teleflex, Resmed, Ciba Vision, Ambu, Toshiba Medical Systems and Haemonetics.
Joining the growing list are Smith & Nephew and Dexcom who will be setting up their manufacturing facilities in Malaysia. The second and third tier of manufacturers for the parts and components of medical devices have increased opportunities for the local vendors to be integrated into the global supply chain of this industry.
We continue to encourage companies to prioritise productivity, accelerate automation and innovation, undertake more R&D and implement best practices. Malaysia has the potential to emerge as a medical devices hub with strong supporting industries including sterilisation services, sterile medical packaging and precision engineering.
We have significantly grown our workforce with the right skills to support our business globally. The legal and regulatory environment is pro-business, tax rules are attractive and English-language skills are abundant. For our Manufacturing/Global Repair Centre, we’ve been able to hire local managers, engineers and electronics technicians, who manufacture/repair the sound processors for customers around the world and deliver to Cochlear’s global standard of quality