Huntsman opens global IT hub in Greater KL
Womersley said the quality of human resource in Greater KL is a key
consideration for setting up its IT hub, which serves as its global shared
business services centre in the area. The Greater KL site is a good base for
developing professionals, she added.
As many companies that have set up businesses in Malaysia
have recognised the talent pool in the country, Huntsman Vice President of
Accounting Shared Services and Internal Contro, Steve Jorgensen said it is very
important for companies like Huntsman that Greater KL and Malaysia continue to
invest in their youth and the education system here continues to provide the
required talents as there would be increasing demand for the talents, going
The new global centre has recruited 60 IT staff out of its
target of 100, which is in addition to the almost 100 employees under
Huntsman’s accounting shared services centre in Greater KL. The company is currently
seeking to fill the 40 jobs which require more technically specialised skills.
Meanwhile, Womersley commended InvestKL, the agency entrusted
to promote investments into Greater KL, as well as the Malaysian Investment
Development Authority (MIDA) and the Multimedia Development
Corporation (MDeC) for being very collaborative
and supportive when she first came to assess the Greater KL for its operations.
The company initially set up an office in Greater KL some 22
years ago, which also supported a titanium dioxide plant in Terengganu.
Subsequently, other divisions were established in Malaysia.
Huntsman continues to expand its base in Malaysia, where in
2010, it opened the Accounting Shared Services Hub and in July 2014, it
launched the Huntsman Global Business Services. To-date it has invested some
RM1.4 billion in plant and equipment in its Malaysian operations.
Huntsman Regional Commercial Director, Eric Chong said
Huntsman Pigments directly employs 275 Malaysians while 200 contractors support
its plant. Overall, Huntsman’s businesses in Malaysia are contributing to the
livelihood of at least 10,000 Malaysians either directly or indirectly, he
He said the company has also contributed some RM2 billion
in terms of economic activity in the East Coast Economic Region, based on the
Huntsman has a worldwide network of production sites, whose
products are used in various end-use applications such as commercial aircraft,
housing, automotive and shoes.
Source: StarBiz 29 Dec 2014