German Multinational Schott AG Forms it Competence Centre in Malaysia
09 Aug 2021
German multinational company Schott AG has established Schott Asia IT Services Sdn Bhd (SAITS), its international information technology (IT) competence centre, in Kuala Lumpur.
The formation of the new IT competence centre is greatly supported by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).
In a statement Monday, MDEC said during the startup phase, the SAITS will help steer Schott AG’s virtualisation and cloud platform management, network and modern workplace services across 45 production plants and seven business units worldwide, among others.
“SAITS will focus on consolidating the company’s IT services currently spread across different providers by bringing them under one roof,” it said.
Schott AG vice-president and head of regional information solutions, Mirko Goetze, during his talk in the ongoing Malaysia Tech Month 2021 (MTM21), cited Malaysia’s strategic geographical location in the centre of Asia as one of the core factors the company chose to establish SAITS.
He said Malaysia fulfils many requirements Schott AG needed as an ideal location, especially in the areas of intellectual property and privacy law, staff turnover and loyalty, English skills, and familiarity with Western culture.
“Malaysia’s multi-cultural, multi-lingual workforce is also listed as a deciding factor, which is essential in supporting Schott’s global operations and SAITS’ diverse project team,” Goetze said.
Meanwhile, MDEC senior-vice president (investment) and chief marketing officer, Raymond Siva said the establishment of the cutting-edge SAITS in Malaysia is a testament to the continuous confidence German companies have for Malaysia as a premier destination for digital investments.
“This is also a step forward for MDEC’s Digital Investments Future5 (DIF5) Strategy, a five-year plan focusing on five key thrusts aimed at attracting investments and advancing Malaysia’s digital economy in line with the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL),” he said.
In the fiscal year 2020, Schott AG has 16,500 employees worldwide, generating sales of €2.24 billion (€1 = RM5.85).
Headquartered in Mainz, Germany and with a presence in 34 countries, the company is a highly skilled partner of high-tech industries that range from healthcare and consumer electronics to optics, automotive and aerospace.
It specialises in the manufacturing of glass and glass-ceramics and in 1974, established a production site in Malaysia’s northern state Penang.