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Machinery & Metal – Machinery & Equipment

Machinery &
Equipment

The machinery and equipment (M&E) industry is a key pillar of industrial growth and development that serves to catalyse Malaysia’s transition into a competitive high-technology, Industry 4.0-ready nation. It assumes strategic importance to the countrys economic transformation due to its cross-cutting linkages with all economic segments such as the primary, manufacturing and services sectors

The industry is dominated by small and medium-sized companies that provide customised products, end to end manufacturing and total solution providers, that are capable of meeting the strong demand of both domestic and international manufacturing industries.

The M&E industry in Malaysia is mainly categorised into the following classifications:

  • Specialised M&E for Specific Industries
  • Metalworking M&E
  • Power Generating M&E
  • General Industrial M&E

It is heavily supported by Engineering Supporting Industry (ESI) players which encompass mould and die, machining, metal stamping, metal casting, surface engineering, heat treatment, fabrication and forging activities.

The advent of Industry 4.0 is changing the way businesses operates today. Development and implementation of Industry 4.0 solutions are already evident in M&E companies in Malaysia featuring technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Robotics and Additive Manufacturing. A collective of these new technologies is offering new solutions across the M&E value chain to manufacturers. 

Among notable homegrown companies are ViTrox Technologies, Pentamaster Group, UWC, COHU, VAT Manufacturing Malaysia, BESI Apac, Bruker (Malaysia), Muhibbah Engineering, KNM Group and Aida Manufacturing. 

22%

Domestic Investments

(RM801.91 mil)

RM3.64 bil

Total Approved Investments in 2019

80%

78%

Foreign Investments

(RM2.84 bil)

RM3.64 bil

Total Approved Investments in 2019

22%

Domestic Investments

(RM801.91 mil)

78%

Foreign Investments

(RM2.84 bil)

99

Approved Projects

3,894

Job Opportunities

M&E Growth Forecast (2018-2027)

Malaysia’s M&E industry is forecasted to grow at 10.1% p.a. during 2018-2027. This is driven by the continuous inflow of both FDIs and domestic investments in various manufacturing industries which require high technology M&E to improve productivity and efficiency.

Import & Export Performance

Malaysia’s imports and exports are expected to grow at 5.2% and 4.5% p.a. respectively during the period of 2018-2027. Major destinations of Malaysia’s M&E exports are to Singapore, Indonesia and USA while major Malaysia’s M&E imports are from China, Japan and USA.

Malaysia’s industry players strength are in these specialised machinery projects:

Semiconductor

Palm Oil

Food Processing

Machinery Ecosystem

Our Investors' Highlights

Malaysia is a destination for investments, especially for high technology and high-value products. We have world-class infrastructure and a matured supply chain. Certainly, when looking to invest in Malaysia, the best authority to consult is MIDA. Being the principal investment promotion agency in the country, they are well-equipped and ever-ready to provide support and facilitation, in terms of incentive available, location and more

- Dato' Ng Chai Eng, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Executive Director and co-founder of UWC (2020)

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Learn more about the essential forms and guidelines to help you get started on your journey in Malaysia’s manufacturing sector.
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