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Nexperia R&D Malaysia


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Western Digital, a leading digital storage equipment manufacturer, has decided to invest an additional RM2.3 billion to upgrade its facilities and boost its production capacity in Malaysia. It said the new investment would create job opportunities for more than 2,000 people. The export value of Western Digital from Malaysia amounted to RM18 billion in 2019.

Western Digital


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LONGi Green Energy Technology Co has invested an additional RM500mil in new manufacturing facilities to boost production of solar products in the Samajaya Free Industrial Zone, Malaysia. The China-based company is the world’s largest maker of solar-grade monocrystalline silicon products and LONGi Kuching is its sole overseas operation. The operations are being managed by two companies – LONGi (Kuching) Sdn Bhd and LONGi Technology (Kuching) Sdn Bhd.

LONGi Kuching is the world’s first to have a vertically integrated monocrystalline solar manufacturing base in one location.

Source: The Star


LONGi


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Panasonic Group started its operations in Malaysia in 1996 providing marketing, sales and services of electronic components and factory automation services to Malaysian electronic manufacturers.

Our products are for the export and domestic markets. As a company representing the Panasonic Group, all our products are obtained from other Panasonic subsidiaries and factories in Malaysia as well as worldwide.

Our company, which adheres to Panasonic’s corporate philosophy of “Ideas For Life”, is a one stop sales centre supporting the ever growing export and domestic markets. The company’s sales is derived from other consumer companies who use our electronic components in their products such as vacuum cleaners, mobile phones, televisions and computers.

Malaysia’s multiracial and multilingual workforce that is fluent in English was a pull factor for us in setting up operations in the country. In addition, the developed infrastructure and a vibrant business environment also makes it an ideal location for us to do business.

The Malaysian government’s pro-business policies and attractive incentives have enabled us to provide high quality products at competitive prices.

Panasonic Group


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Keysight Technologies Inc. (formerly known as Agilent Electronics) is the world’s leading test and measurement company headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. It delivers cutting-edge electronic measurement solutions, systems, software and services to accelerate innovations in the worldwide communications ecosystem, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. It has 12,600 employees in locations across Asia, Europe and the United States, servicing customers in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Keysight started investing in Malaysia in 1972 with its first operations in the heart of Georgetown, Penang with 60employees. A year later, its numbers of employees grew 15-fold and the company relocated to the Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone. Keysight was one of the “Eight Samurais”, the pioneer group of multi-national companies that established Penang’s “Silicon Valley”. To succeed in those early days, Keysight required efficient public infrastructure and administrative processes as well as a robust supply base to support the fast pace of business. In the provision of this early “ease-of-doing-business” environment, MIDA stood out as a significant enabler. In addition, MIDA played a pivotal role in establishing international joint-ventures and partnerships that contributed towards the development of a strong local supply base for Keysight to tap on.

Keysight’s operations in Malaysia transformed rapidly over the years, not only in size and scale, but also in value, expertise and influence as the portfolio of solutions developed and manufactured in Penang grew in sophistication.

Today, it occupies a 42-acre site in Penang’s Free Industrial Zone, with a 1.2 million square-foot state-of-the-art facility. It is one of the core sites for Keysight worldwide, with operations spanning business management, sales, support, marketing, manufacturing, research and development (R&D), supply chain and global infrastructure services. It has a 2,500-strong workforce comprised entirely of Malaysian talents – 90 percent of whom are high-level professionals.

As a high-technology and high-value added operations, Keysight will continue to thrive in Malaysia. The nation’s healthy business ecosystem that is fueled by a wide and diverse talent pool, will drive Keysight’s future growth as the company forges ahead to accelerate breakthrough technologies that will connect and secure the world.

As a high-technology and high-value added operations, Keysight will continue to thrive in Malaysia. The nation’s healthy business ecosystem that is fueled by a wide and diverse talent pool, will drive Keysight’s future growth as the company forges ahead to accelerate breakthrough technologies that will connect and secure the world.

Keysight Technologies


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Daiichi Seiko (M) Sdn.Bhd. is a subsidiary of Dai-ichi Seiko Group, Japan, specialises in the manufacturing business in precision technology. The core competence is based on the mold tooling technology, carried over from the time of foundation and continuing to create new value to our products and services. The company continues to strive further by undertaking new, challenging manufacturing methods of products, which had been regarded as difficult items to develop and manufacture, pursuing the added value by means of the most advanced technologies.

Daiichi Seiko (M) Sdn.Bhd. was established in 2017 in Nusajaya, Johor for the purpose of further expansion of the production capacity of Dai-ichi Seiko Group, Japan. The main purpose is to serve customers in Malaysia and all over the world. The company aims to provide products and services with added value as well as to make presence felt by the customers by continuing to invest in technological developments for the next generation and proposing technology that is globally recognised.

The Dai-ichi Seiko Group will maintain the creative mind for future innovations by working collaboratively as a whole. By honing this competitive edge, the company will go on to produce results and make contributions that will benefit the stakeholders and members of the wider community.

Malaysia is strategically located within ASEAN region and at the same time along the major sea routes in Asia between the West and the Far East. Setting up a factory in Nusajaya gives the advantage of being close to Singapore, opens more avenues of business opportunities. Malaysia’s conducive business environment has attracted foreign investments to expand business here.

On top of that, Malaysia also offers an educated workforce, which has numerous skills that are requested by the modern business environment. On the plus side, the fact that Malaysia’s labour costs are lower compared to other countries in its region.

Nevertheless, our engagement with MIDA always very pleasant. MIDA was supportive in assisting us in the early start-up of the business by providing us the information and helping us to work with the related parties in the government. MIDA staffs are competent with vast knowledge of different areas related to business start-up, expansion and incentives.

Daiichi Seiko (M) Sdn. Bhd.


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Testhub provides a 1 stop design, develop and manufacture of test board/test program solutions for automotive semiconductors testing to global multinational companies.

Technical Know-How / R&D:

S&T index : 80% R&D activities in the automotive semiconductor test solutions such as to design test schematic, test programs, PCB design and layout, develop test hardware and software, product characterization and qualification per automotive standards. Have extensive experience in Testing methodologies using Teradyne Flex, Eagle family of testers and Advantest T2000 IPS testers which we invested in our lab.

Highlight of the project:

1) Testhub Sdn. Bhd. is the only Malaysian entity that has the capability to design and manufacture test boards/test programs, providing 1 stop testing solution to global multinational companies worldwide. Customers deploying our test solutions have achieved significant cost and productivity improvement.

2) The company currently employs 50 Malaysians with an S&T index of 80%. Through its expansion project, the company intends to increase its employment of up to 100 Malaysians within 4 years beginning 2018.

3) Being a knowledge-based company and employing highly skilled local employees namely in the fields of Electrical & Electronics Engineering as well as Physics, this is in line with the country’s aspiration to achieve a high-income nation status. Engineers remuneration are between RM3,000.00 – RM15,000.00 a month. 

Moving Forward:

1) Testhub Sdn. Bhd. is a local company which gained its technical expertise from its experienced pioneer team who were previously employed by international MNCs and years of extensive technical collaboration/engagement with its global customers.

2) The establishment of Testhub contributes positively to the number of local Malaysian companies involved in testing solutions where the company is now a pioneer in the field. Testhub also collaborates with local universities to produce more local talents in this field. 3) The company’s potential investment of RM30 million for new test technology equipment and tools within the next 3 years beginning 2018 provides an additional 50 employment opportunities for Malaysian in the field of science and technical for the next 5 years. 

Testhub Sdn. Bhd.


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PENSONIC HOLDINGS BHD was established in year 1965 and is the leading Home Appliances manufacturer and distributor based in Penang, Malaysia. PENSONIC has grown tremendously over the last 50 years from a single workshop to its current new manufacturing hub and headquarter located in Bukit Minyak, Penang where we are servicing approximately 900 dealers locally and exporting to more than 30 countries worldwide. A well-equipped R&D center was established in order to improve the overall product range in terms of quality, features and design.

In this highly competitive market and industry, it is imperative for PENSONIC to differentiate as compare to other players. With this in mind, PENSONIC has embarked on a series of branding exercises since 1982. The consistency in branding has enable PENSONIC to sustain and compete even in a tough market conditions. Apart from growing own brands, PENSONIC also adopted multiple branding strategies to strengthen our position to be the leading players in the market. As a result, we were awarded by multiples prestigious awards such as Brand Excellence Award, Putra Brand Awards, Best Brand in Consumer Electrical Appliances and The Most Promising Brand of the Year.

In year 2010, the Malaysian government initiated an Economic Transformation Programme or ETP where the main agenda is to revitalize the private sectors which will eventually drive and propel Malaysia’s economy to achieve high-income nations. PENSONIC was fortunate to be the few companies selected to spearhead the establishment of a manufacturing hub including virtual manufacturing, improving the supply chain and establishment of international distribution networks for Home Appliances (EHA).

More than $50 million had been invested as part of our support for this ETP project. PENSONIC will continue to work closely with all relevant government agencies such as MIDA and MATRADE to further improve our leading position. A well-developed infrastructures and government commitment would further enhance our capability to bring our brand, a Malaysia 100% homegrown brand to greater height in the near future. 

Pensonic Holdings


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Leading Innovation in Malaysia

Micron’s globally diversified footprint is designed to maintain a streamlined and cost competitive supply chain while bringing together some of the world’s brightest talent to work on our most advanced memory technologies.

Our locations in Malaysia play a critical role filling the assembly and testing needs of Micron’s fabrication sites. To complement our existing location in Muar, we are building a state-of-the-art assembly and test facility in Penang. This facility will serve as Micron’s SSD Assembly and Test Center of Excellence and will strengthen and accelerate our ability to deliver world-class SSD technology.

Supporting Our Global Communities

Maintaining a successful global footprint includes a dedication to sustainable manufacturing practices and a commitment to supporting the communities where our team members work and live. We consistently look for new way to reduce our impact on the environment in a range of areas including water management, energy efficiency, and recycling, Through the Micron Foundation, we promote science and engineering education to children around  the world and address basic human needs through our grants, programs, and volunteer efforts.

Micron Memory Malaysia Sdn Bhd


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Sony started manufacturing audio/visual products in Malaysia since the 1980s. We manufacture high technology products such as DVD, CD-RW, flat screen, TV, audio products and hi-fi sets. Cumulatively we have invested more than RM2 billion in this country.

Malaysia is an excellent place to do business. The Malaysian government has shown exemplary support through excellent infrastructure development and a good education system that allows us to employ a high quality workforce.

There is in existence a large pool of component suppliers in Malaysia, thus we have transferred from Singapore and established an International Procurement Office here for sourcing parts to other Sony companies worldwide.

Malaysia’s political and economical stability has been and will continue to provide and ideal investment climate for us to prosper. 

Sony


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Sharp has been in Malaysia for over 25 years now and is still expanding. To-date we have six companies employing a total of more than 8,500 people. Each company has its own specialisation in manufacturing products for the export and domestic markets.

Sharp Electronics (M) Sdn. Bhd. (SEM) has been in Malaysia for six years and is the youngest among Sharp’s companies in Malaysia. As an R&D centre, SEM has enabled our staff to undertake research, design, development and testing of new products, besides serving as a global procurement centre and service and parts distributor.

Malaysia’s attractive workforce made it possible for the integration of our R&D activities in this country. 250 out of Sharp’s 650 Malaysian engineers work at SEM. Our local engineers are very creative and are actively involved in the design and development of our products.

Malaysia is Sharp’s largest offshore export production base in the world. We find Malaysia an ideal place for investment for many reasons.

Firstly, the government is very supportive of companies investing in Malaysia – our problems are solved quickly and assistance is readily available. SEM’s application for operational headquarters status was made convenient and without hassle. Our achievement of ISO 14001 certification in December 1999 is another result of the support of the local government.

Another benefit to us is that Malaysia has become a production site for many companies involved in the electrical and electronics industry. Numerous manufacturers of finished products, parts and raw materials co-exist here, and because of this competitive environment, Malaysia is able to offer high quality products at competitive prices.

Sharp


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Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world’s biggest electronics companies, as well as the largest in Europe, with 159,709 employees in over 60 countries and sales amounting to Euro 30.4 billion in 2005.

Philips has had a presence in Malaysia since the late 1930’s. The business activities of the Philips Group of Companies in Malaysia at that time included manufacturing, exports, local sales and marketing. In 1960, Philips Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which was incorporated initially, sold light bulbs through appointed agents. By the 1970s, Philips had taken over marketing operations and expanded its range of products. Today, having established a credible and reputable name in various industries which include lighting, semiconductor, medical systems, digital networks, domestic appliances and personal care and consumer electronics, the business activities of the company consist of manufacturing, sales, marketing, technical and application support.

In July 1992, Philips and Motorola established a joint venture company called Semiconductor Miniature Products (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. Situated at Tuanku Jaafar Industrial Park in Seremban, this plant produces surface mount discrete semiconductors for global consumption and incorporates high tech assembly and testing. Today, the company is a fully owned by Royal Philips Electronics of Netherlands and employs a workforce of over 900 employees at its plant.

In August 2005, Royal Philips Electronics of Netherlands acquired Agilent Technology’s 47% shares in Lumileds Lighting Int B.V. This resulted in Philips having earned the controlling ownership in Lumileds, which produces solid-state lighting. Through this Philips will expand its leadership
profile in lighting by further expansion of the solid-state lighting business. Located in Penang, Lumileds has an annual production value of RM700million. Over the next few years, the world market for high brightness LEDs is forecasted to grow by approximately 25% per year and Philips is in the best position to reap the benefits from here, Malaysia is the only manufacturing facility for Lumileds and employs 1200 people out of the total 1760 it employs in US, Netherlands and Asia.

“The Malaysian government policies are pro-business and I strongly believe this will ensure the continued resilience of the economy and attract foreign investors. The education system continues to produce talented and skilled resources. The government is already making headways by making Malaysia a regional education hub and providing incentives for the development of knowledge workers, says Mr. Rajah Kumar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Philips Group of Companies, Malaysia. “Upgrading the infrastructure environment to ensure everyone is connected both online, offline, and the further development of the ICT landscape is important. This will enable big firms to outsource transactional activities to local based companies as well as support the business of smaller companies that cannot afford leased lines, with the availability of advanced broadband capabilities,” added Mr. Kumar.

Determined to maintain its profitable growth, Philips contributes significantly to the Malaysian economy with a turnover of around RM3 billion annually. Philips’ goal is to enhance its position in the Asia Pacific region and to ensure that the region contributes about one third of Philips’ global revenue. Key to Philips’ success is the need to grow in China, India and the ASEAN countries. Philips views ASEAN as a single integrated market of which Malaysia plays an important role. Philips Malaysia ranks second in contributing to the overall sales of Philips’ ASEAN group of companies.

“We are very pleased with our investments in Malaysia. The measure of success is in the return we get as tangible and intangible benefits. Intangible benefits are fundamentally important for the long-term sustainable growth of the firm. While the tangible benefits can be directly measured in terms of sales growth, profits and ROI, the intangible ones are deeper and are perceived, creating an emotional attachment to the firm, its people, and businesses”, observes the Chairman and CEO of the Philips Group of Companies in Malaysia.

Philips


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Samsung has invested close to US$1.2 billion in Malaysia, making this the largest offshore investment for us and a true testimony of this country’s supportive environment for our business.

As an investor, we have enjoyed tax incentives, an efficient and developed infrastructure, and a quality labour force – factors which have contributed to the viability of our business in Malaysia. Samsung is encouraged by Malaysia’s strong support of industries such as ours and we remain fully committed to expanding our investments in the country.

The high standard of supporting industries here have also helped us to obtain quality local components, making Samsung products more competitive in the global market place.

Samsung


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Panasonic Industrial Company (M) Sdn Bhd started its operations in Malaysia in 1996 providing marketing, sales and services of electronic components and factory automation services to Malaysian electronic manufacturers.

Our products are for the export and domestic markets. As a company representing the Panasonic Group, all our products are obtained from other Panasonic subsidiaries and factories in Malaysia as well as worldwide.

Our company, which adheres to Panasonic’s corporate philosophy of “Ideas For Life”, is a one stop sales centre supporting the ever growing export and domestic markets. The company’s sales is derived from other consumer companies who use our electronic components in their products such as vacuum cleaners, mobile phones, televisions and computers.

Malaysia’s multiracial and multilingual workforce that is fluent in English was a pull factor for us in setting up operations in the country. In addition, the developed infrastructure and a vibrant business environment also makes it an ideal location for us to do business.

The Malaysian government’s pro-business policies and attractive incentives have enabled us to provide high quality products at competitive prices.

Panasonic Industrial


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As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of optoelectronic semiconductors for the illumination, sensing and visualization sectors, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH combines the extensive know-how in semiconductors, converter materials and packages under one roof.

At its headquarters in Regensburg, Germany, a further production site in Penang (Malaysia) and a global network of sales and marketing centers, the company employs more than 4600 people.

The company benefits from more than thirty years of experience in the development and production of optoelectronic semiconductor components.

This is evidenced by more than 3,000 patents in the various areas of semiconductor technology. Added to this is the wealth of experience in the lighting sector stretching back one hundred years that the parent company
OSRAM contributes.

This concentrated knowledge, coupled with innovative products, technologies and visions, makes OSRAM Opto Semiconductors a highly competent partner in all matters relating to semiconductor technologies for lighting applications.

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. has had a history of technology and innovation excellence compassing precision and timely product development.

The company’s site in Penang has been manufacturing LEDs for worldwide distribution for more than 20 years. Currently, Penang has the world’s most advanced LED chip factory.

The LED market is a fast-growing future market with immense potential. Osram aims to secure market leadership in the long term.

The company is not only investing in innovation, but also in expanding its production capacities – in Germany and at its location in Malaysia. Regensburg and Penang are important pillars in the company’s growth
strategy, standing for innovative LED technology.

The Penang wafer fabrication plant is operating in addition to the main plant in Regensburg to manufacture LED chips in state-of-the-art nitride technology and meeting growing demand from high-volume lighting and
consumer applications.

Total investment in the new plant will ultimately be in high double figures of millions of euros which will also lead to creation of over 800 new jobs, making OSRAM one of the largest employers in the northern region.

Winning the 2007 German Future Prize was the highlight in the research history of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. Being one of the most innovative
outfits in Germany, the company regularly launches new technologies and
products.

For more than three decades of solid platform of experience and know-how in development and manufacture, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors is not only
a manufacturer of optoelectronic semiconductor components but also a reliable partner for semiconductor technologies in a wide range of lighting
applications.

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (M) Sdn. Bhd.


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Knowles’ capability in highly refined audio design and manufacturing are derived from decades of leadership in the field of hearing health. Having pioneered the hearing aid component marketplace in the 1950’s, Knowles Electronics, founded in 1946, continues to be the undisputed leader in this market today, contributing new ideas for the application of sound in both hearing aid design and applications beyond.

The Corporate recently approve to further invest in building additional two floors on the current building to four storey’s at a cost of US$10 million. This expansion further indicates Knowles confidence in Malaysia as one of the main manufacturing operations centre for our highly refined miniature acoustic transducers – microphones.

“There are several reasons why Knowles choose to invest and do business in Malaysia. Firstly, Malaysia is supported by well educated, dedicated and highly trained workforce, a result from the success of multinationals operations over the last three decades here. Then, the pro-business and investment friendly policies of the Malaysian government give further impetus to foreign investment into the country.

Finally, there is the excellent infrastructure and supply chain support to make Malaysia very cost competitive to operate in,” says Ray Cabrera, Vice President and Chief Administration Officer of Knowles Electronics. Knowles looks forward to achieve greater success in our venture in Malaysia and we have the confidence that it can be attained.

Knowles Electronics


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INTEL Microelectronics (M) Sdn. Bhd.-Intel Corporation was incorporated in California in 1968, it is the world leader in silicon innovation and the world’s largest semiconductor chip maker. Intel Malaysia was established in 1972 in Penang. From an initial workforce of only 100 employees, it has evolved to become Intel Corporation’s largest and most diverse site outside of the United States. Today, Intel Malaysia proudly supports a broad product range including microprocessors, chipsets, network processors, and microcontrollers; with over 4 billion microchips produced to date.

Intel Malaysia has contributed to the country’s social and economic development through its activities in high tech manufacturing, design and development of the latest Intel products, global shared services and corporate social responsibility. It has invested more than RM14 billion over the past 42 years and employing 9,000 highly-skilled Malaysians.

Intel Malaysia’s Global Service Center (GSC) in Malaysia will undertake research, design & development and related ancillary activities for semiconductors & other computing devices; and services activities relating to finance, human resources, information technology, procurement, manufacturing, logistics, warehousing and sales marketing services.

Intel Microelectronics


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Ismeca Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cohu Semiconductor Equipment Group, United States of America. Cohu is a leading supplier of IC and LED test handlers, micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) test modules, back-end finishing equipment and thermal sub-systems used in final test, burn-in and system level test by semiconductor manufacturers and test subcontractors.

The company’s International Procurement Centre will create 63 jobs with income more than RM3,000 for Malaysians to support its operations to procure raw materials, and components for its manufacturing operations and to distribute its finished products to the global market.

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Infineon started operating in Malaysia since 1973, through its Melaka plant, which used to be part of the semiconductor group of Siemens. Infineon was then spun off from Siemens AG. Malaysia is the only location outside of the USA and Europe where Infineon undertakes fully integrated manufacturing, both front end and back end operations, covering wafer fabrication, semiconductor chips assembly and testing.

Infineon operation in Malaysia is separated into 3 main
operations:-

  • Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn Bhd : Front end operation (wafer fabrication) in Kulim, Kedah
  • Infineon Technologies (M) Sdn. Bhd.: Back end operations of advanced logic microelectronics products in Batu Berendam Free Trade Zone, Melaka
  • Infineon Technologies (Advanced Logic) Sdn. Bhd.: Back end operations of power, discrete & sensors microelectronics products in Batu Berendam Free Trade Zone, Melaka

In addition to manufacturing operations, all Infineon sites in Malaysia
also conduct R&D on process development for next generation semiconductor chips and devices, especially in automotive and power semiconductor.

Since its establishment in Malaysia, Infineon has continued to expand and transform its operations through technology and innovation, becoming a significant contributor to the industrial transformation in the country. Both its Melaka and Kulim plants represent Infineon’s largest operation globally with more than 8,800 Malaysians employed as of 2015, about one-third of Infineon’s global workforce.

The positive track record of growth and stability for Fab 1 in Kulim, and MIDA’s assistance were instrumental to Infineon Board Members’ decision to expand its wafer fab facility. The Fab 2 facility will be a manufacturing competence centre with a focus on megatrend technologies for energy efficiency and automotive industries. It will also be undertaking R&D activities and providing technical training for its Malaysian employees. Ultimately, this project will position Malaysia as a leading production hub of these revolutionary products.

During the opening ceremony of Fab 2 facility in Kulim, the group CEO, Dr Reinhard Ploss stressed that they continued to choose Malaysia for their expansion plans due to the country’s skilled workforce and good infrastructure. This attests to the conducive business environment in Malaysia.

Malaysian engineers working in Infineon will have the opportunities to enhance their skills as the company provides substantial in-house as well as overseas training by experts from all over the world. Infineon also works closely with local universities such as Universiti Malaysia Perlis (Unimap), University of Science Malaysia (USM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and University of Malaya (UM), where Infineon organises seminars and provides development hardware as well as best student awards, in order to churn out Malaysian talents according to the industry needs.

Infineon


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Since its initial investment in 1971, Hitachi has so far invested about RM730 million in Malaysia. The Hitachi Group in Malaysia currently operates 22 manufacturing facilities and hires 18,000 local employees. This places Malaysia as one of Hitachi’s most important manufacturing bases.

Factors which drew us to Malaysia include the well-developed infrastructure in the country’s industrial parks, especially the stable power supplies and telecommunications facilities; attractive incentives, and most importantly, a stable government with a flexible industrial policy.

Furthermore, a majority of Malaysians speak and understand English, making technology transfer into this country much easier.

Hitachi


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IC Microsystems Sdn Bhd (ICmic) is a fabless IC [integrated circuit] design house headquartered in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. The group was founded in 2001 by Abdul Rashid Munir, an experienced semiconductor industry professional. The initial investor is Silvaco Data Systems, a subsidiary of Silvaco International – an Electronic Design Automation [EDA] company based in Santa Clara, California. ICmic is a MSC company which has been approved for MESDAQ listing.

Essentially, ICmic has crossed the ‘development’ stage and plans have been drawn up to accelerate “growth” potentials. The strong point of the company lies in the fact that ICmic owns the technology [and the IP]; they are not using third-party technologies and therefore are not subject to royalty payments.

The company’s core competency is in the field of IC design, device modelling, simulation, layout and testing. IC design is very much related to the knowledge-based activities promoted by the Malaysian government. These activities will undoubtedly elevate the country’s status in the global semiconductor industry. Other operations like masking, foundry and packaging are outsourced to a number of international vendors who specialise in such services. However, ICmic ensures that only the best vendors are qualified and selected for the outsourcing of such services.

The current product portfolios which comprise of 82 devices are as follows:

Mixed Signals ICs [in the form of Digital to Analog Converters IC (DAC)] Radio Frequency [RF] ICsFixed Line Phone ICs Serial EEPROM ICs

As a demonstration of the company’s capabilities, all the products are conceptualised, designed and developed by ICmic with the exception of Serial EEPROM. In order to reach this stage, ICmic has invested close to RM14.0 million in R&D.

Recently, ICmic achieved a significant milestone by securing a contract from Telekom Malaysia Berhad [TM] to supply Caller ID phones worth RM13.8 million over a two year-period. The phone is designed using ICmic Single Phone IC as the core component. This is indeed a recognition of ICmic’s capabilities as this will be the first phone that uses a home grown IC. This same IC is also being used in an alarm security system designed by a US company for the US market and which will pave the way for ICmic to venture into other telecommunications related products that can incorporate its ICs. This is the advantage of “owning” the technology.

“Being a Malaysian company, we are committed to becoming a catalyst to further promote and elevate knowledge-driven and high value-added activities in the country” says Abdul Rashid Munir, Chief Executive Officer of IC Microsystems Sdn Bhd. “The underlying strength and success of ICmic lies in its highly skilled personnel with vast experience and expertise. ICmic also employs fresh local graduates who are trained by the experienced personnel of the company in the area of IC design”.

IC Design is a very competitive global business. It relies heavily on knowledge-driven initiatives and requires extensive research and development [R&D]. The level of technology involved in an IC design is very high as this activity, within the semiconductor value chain, has the highest value added component. This will undoubtedly pave the way for Malaysia to become a high value-added semiconductor producing country by incorporating all the activities along the value chain, namely IC design, wafer fabrication, assembly & test and technical marketing.

In terms of linkages, ICmic has an ‘operating’ network with a majority of the leading wafer foundries and assembly & test contract manufacturers in the world. In addition, ICmic customers worldwide include Celestica, Rockwell Automation, Litton Elecronics [China], LG etc. The company is also represented by an extensive distributor set-up including AVNET Logistics [USA] and Retronic GmbH [Germany].

IC Microsystems


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Honeywell is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Honeywell’s operations in Malaysia started in 1985 and today it employs over 1,450 employees in six cities across Malaysia including Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Penang, Kemaman and Johor Bahru. Honeywell’s technologies and solutions have been supporting Malaysia in its development of a safer, more secure and energy efficient society.

Today, three of Honeywell’s business groups are operating in Malaysia.

Honeywell Aerospace operates out of a 220,000-square-foot facility in Penang that officially opened in January 2009. The Penang facility produces integrated avionics systems for commercial, business and general aviation and military aircraft.

Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions offers a complete portfolio of innovative products, solutions and systems to create safer, more comfortable, more secure, more productive and more energy efficient environments at home and at work. In Selangor, Honeywell has a manufacturing facility for electrical devices and systems.

In terms of oil and gas, Honeywell provides engineering, design and fabrication of process plants and equipment for gas processing and hydrogen industries in Malaysia. Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) manufactures membranes, which remove impurities from natural gas, at our facility in Penang for distribution to customers worldwide. PMT also provides refrigerants for air conditioning and refrigeration applications, as well as caprolactam for textile yarn production.

“Malaysia has been identified as one of Honeywell’s high growth markets for its strategic position in the global and ASEAN trade system,” says Jim Bujold, president of Honeywell Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines). “Since we started operating in this country, we have received strong assistance from its government for our growth.” There are two examples in particular:

MIDA has played a very instrumental role in the timely start-up and operations of Honeywell’s UOP Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Honeywell Aerospace Avionics Penang. MIDA has granted the Special Incentive Program to these entities of Honeywell since their establishment, which includes favorable tax policies, R&D fund and talent development grants. MIDA’s proactive approach to understand the needs of the business and offering assistance where required is commendable.

Today, Honeywell’s UOP Malaysia employs more than 120 people in two locations, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. It serves as a global centre of excellence providing engineering design services, engineered systems and equipment for export to customers worldwide. And our Aerospace Penang facility has 768 employees and more than 88 percent of our leadership team are local hires. The Malaysian government’s strong support and contributions from local skilled talents have been a key to our success.

Honeywell


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Globetronics Technology Bhd. is an integrated contract manufacturer of semiconductor-based products and services. It commenced operations in 1990 in a rented factory in Penang under the name of Globetronics Sdn. Bhd. with the two Malaysian founders as the only employees to service the Penang-based manufacturing operations of multinational corporations from throughout the world. Since then, the company has grown by 30% each year and today, it is listed on the Main Board of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.

We are headquartered in Penang and have now expanded our operations beyond Malaysia to serve our customers. Our 10 subsidiary companies and one associate company in Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong and China, and a sales office in the United States, develop and provide higher value-added services, highly cost-competitive package/process platforms and e-Business solutions to our customers globally.

Our success can be attributed to the investment-friendly policies of our Government, the stable political climate, the outstanding infrastructure, and the dedicated and skilled workforce in Malaysia. The resounding success of the operations of multinational corporations in Malaysia in the last 30 years has produced a big population of highly trained and skilled technical workers. This will enable Malaysia to spin-off to higher value-added manufacturing and intellectual property-related developmental and business activities.

For existing investors looking for continuous expansions or first-time investors, Malaysia has become the centre of manufacturing excellence as well as a fertile ground for R&D activities.

Globetronics Technology Berhad


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Fuji Electric (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (FEM), a wholly-owned overseas subsidiary of Fuji Electric Device Technology Co., Ltd. (FDT) commenced operations in 1998 at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park, Kedah, Malaysia. Being one of the pioneer investors in the Kulim Hi-Tech Park, FEM has foreseen the potential of the industry at this strategic location.

The company expanded its operations from about 400 employees in 1999 to more than 1000 employees in 2008 and increased its 10 media production lines to 18 in 2007. Currently, the company’s production capacity is between 3.5 million disks per month to 7 million disks per month.

In 2007, with the strong support of MIDA, Kedah State Government and Kulim Hi-Tech Park Corporation, FDT decided to expand its semiconductor operations and renamed the company Fuji Electric Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (FSM). In April 2008, the production of Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) officially commenced. The silicon wafer chip production is expected to begin its operations in 2009. FSM is the first fully integrated IGBT production plant from silicon wafer chip production to IGBT assembly and test, and this marks a historic milestone for both FDT and FSM.

Strategically located in Malaysia, both companies are near to their customer base and major suppliers, and therefore the customers demands can be effectively served.

Managing Director, Dato’ Kozo Katarao, is of the view that Malaysia’s strategic location, good infrastructure, a large pool of skilled workers, stable social and political environment and relatively low cost for operations will ensure that the country continues to remain a competitive investment location.

Fuji Electric (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd


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More than 10 years ago, the Elektrisola Group, the world’s largest producer of fine and ultrafine copper magnet wire, started looking for a site for its first manufacturing plant in Asia. After a detailed comparison of possible locations in South-East and East Asia, we identified Malaysia as the best geographic and strategic location, and in 1990, made our decision to set up an automated high-tech production plant near Kuala Lumpur.

With the benefit of hindsight, the main factors which tipped the scale in favour of Malaysia at that time have, since then, not only exceeded our expectations but have continued to improve until today. Good general infrastructure and an English-speaking workforce of productive and trainable people were most important to us. In addition, the Malaysian government, federal as well as state-level, has proven to be business-minded and serious about attracting foreign direct investments. The combination of these factors has strongly contributed to our company’s rapid growth in Asia.

Today, Elektrisola Malaysia supplies customers in the automotive and electronics industries in 25 countries. Our continuous investment in Malaysia and the fact that our Malaysian operation is among the most competitive companies within the Elektrisola Group, justify our confidence in Malaysia as an excellent location for direct investment in Asia.

Elektrisola


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