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Nippon Electric Glass Increases Production Capacity in Malaysia for Pharmaceutical Glass Tubing in Anticipation for COVID-19 Vaccines

Nippon Electric Glass Increases Production Capacity in Malaysia for Pharmaceutical Glass Tubing in Anticipation for COVID-19 Vaccines

Kuala Lumpur, 27 October 2020 – Nippon Electric Glass (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (NEGM) will be expanding its production capacity of glass tubing for pharmaceutical use at its Shah Alam, Selangor facility. This RM200 million investment project has been approved by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) in July 2020 and is expected to start operations by the end of October 2020.

NEGM is a subsidiary of the Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd. (NEG), a leading Japanese speciality glass manufacturer, producing high-grade pharmaceutical glass tubing used for pharmaceutical containers such as ampoules and vials. The Group supplies its products to laboratories and medical institutions worldwide. To date, NEG has invested more than RM6 billion in Malaysia on various products such as cathode ray tube (CRT), glass fibre and architectural glass.

In recent years, the steady advancements in medical technology have increased the demand for high-grade pharmaceutical glass tubing globally. Moreover, as COVID-19 vaccines are being developed around the world, concerns are raised on risks of the limited supply of the necessary containers used during clinical trials. Therefore, the Company hopes to play its part to control the COVID-19 pandemic and its eventual cure in vaccine production by ramping up the production capacity of its niche product.

Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA, welcomed NEGM’s expansion saying, “Malaysia is proud to be the preferred location for NEGM projects since its establishment here in 1991. As the only company in the region producing high-grade glass tubing for pharmaceutical use, this expansion reinforces our reputation as a sustainable and profitable investment destination for companies looking to do business in ASEAN and beyond.”

“Moreover, NEGM expansion is timely as the Company seeks to increase its production to not only expound on the industry’s growth but to carry out its humanitarian role in responding to the market’s needs during this pandemic. We look forward to NEGM’s successes and continual participation in Malaysia’s industrial ecosystem through on-going talent and vendor development programmes. Together, we can achieve more despite the challenging business climate,” he added.

At present, NEGM employs approximately 1,000 Malaysian workers. Its latest project will increase the Group’s production capacity of glass tubing for pharmaceutical use by about 1,000 tons per month. This translates to a 30 per cent increase in the Company’s current production capacity.

Although the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak had temporarily delayed the construction for the expansion undertaking, work has resumed with the facilitation of MIDA and local authorities, with strict adherence to prevailing standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Indeed, since the 1980s, Japan has been among Malaysia’s largest source of foreign direct investments in the manufacturing sector. As at December 2019, a total of 2,712 manufacturing projects with Japanese participation, valued at RM88.2 billion have been implemented in Malaysia, creating more than 346,000 jobs. Further to this, a total of RM1.1 billion in investments with Japanese interest were approved in the first half of 2020. These investments were primarily in the industries of food manufacturing products, electrical and electronics, transport equipment, machinery and equipment, wood and wood products, as well as paper, printing and publishing.

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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 and Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

About Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd. (https://www.neg.co.jp/en/)

Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan; President: Motoharu Matsumoto) is a leading company in specialty glass. NEG develops and supplies high value-added and innovative products in growth fields such as medical, display, automotive, information and communication, semiconductors and energy. In the medical field, addition to glass tubing for pharmaceutical use, NEG also produces among others radiation shielding glass, deep ultraviolet-transmitting glass and antibacterial glass.

About Nippon Electric Glass (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

Nippon Electric Glass (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (Location: Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia; Managing Director: Masaya Kubo) was established on 1991 as a Nippon Electric Glass group company. NEGM mainly produces glass fiber and glass tubing for pharmaceutical use, and is the largest production base for the supplies of these products within Nippon Electric Glass Group.

For more information, please contact: 

Ms. Najihah Abas 

Director of Building Technology and Lifestyle Division, MIDA 

Tel.: 03-2267 6717 | Email: [email protected]

Mr. Abdul Nasir Abu Bakar 

General Affairs Division, NEGM 

Tel: 03-5543 0000

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