Chuping Valley Industrial Area (CVIA) and Kedah Rubber City (KRC)
Malaysia’s robust and business-friendly government policies, as well as investor-friendly corporate tax rates, have thrust the nation as an ideal destination for innovation-based, knowledge-intensive investments. To further facilitate investment activities, the Malaysian Government also features thematic industrial parks to catalyse growth down the value chain of industries, creating a network of supporting industries and suppliers in the region, leading to a complete business ecosystem.
Two prime industrial parks located within the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) are now ready to offer attractive amenities and opportunities to both local and foreign investors. These parks, the Kedah Rubber City (KRC) in Kedah and the Chuping Valley Industrial Area (CVIA) in Perlis boast of excellent infrastructure such as road connectivity, airports, seaports and inland ports. The NCER holds an established ecosystem, with existing public-private partnerships and facilities that continue to attract strategic investment partners.
KRC and CVIA are poised for pivotal roles in strengthening regional cooperation in the Indonesia- Malaysia Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) platform. The presence of anchor investors will enhance the ecosystem, establishing an efficient supply chain and integrated logistics solution as well as complement the parks’ core clusters. Through this, investors can take further advantage of the network of surrounding industries, relevant supporting functions and institutions of higher learning.
Chuping Valley Industrial Area (CVIA)
CVIA in Perlis was envisioned to support Malaysia’s sustainable development and environmental agenda through viable projects with technology as the key enabler. With a total acreage of approximately 2,400 acres, the park offers prime industrial land and opportunities for investors through its targeted clusters, which include renewable energy generation, green manufacturing (automotive industry, building materials, electrical and electronics) and halal manufacturing (pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, food and beverage).
Amidst the on-going pandemic, CVIA keeps its focus on quality investors to embrace the potential development of Chuping and its surrounding areas with various commercial activities within the high-growth and high-value sectors. Phase One of the CVIA development, spanning over 440 acres is in full swing and is slated to be completed by Q2 2022. To date, CVIA has attracted potential investments of over RM5.2 billion which would create nearly 4,000 job opportunities from both local and foreign companies operating in key sectors including medical devices, electrical and electronics, education, and smart agriculture.
Kedah Rubber City (KRC)
Spanning nearly 1,250 acres, Malaysia’s first dedicated rubber industrial park, KRC will be a major driving force that focuses on downstream and specialised rubber activities, including R&D. The development of 60 acres of land under Phase One is now ready with basic infrastructure to receive domestic and foreign investments. Notable investors, such as Hong Seng Industries Sdn Bhd (HSI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Seng Consolidated Bhd (HSCB), has already made its move into this thematic industrial park. Aside from HSI, an additional three (3) companies have committed and commenced the setting up of their operations in KRC to take advantage of the booming rubber gloves market amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, KRC has attracted potential investments of over RM2.2 billion and created over 4,000 jobs from local rubber industry players who have committed to be part of KRC when operations start in Q1, 2022.
Source: MIDA e-Newsletter March 2021