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Soft Space

Soft Space is a mobile payments technology company, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Soft Space focuses on the development of innovative solutions for the banking and payment industry. The Soft Space MPOS solution is internationally certified and is used by 8 financial institutions across Asia.

Being a young tech start up, it is heart-warming to see the government appreciating and supporting young technology companies, dispelling the conventional perception that only larger companies benefit from it.

With the help of MIDA (R&D, Certification, Training and Outsourcing grant), Soft Space is now able to accelerate its growth and innovation capability in a shorter period of time. This also enables Soft Space build strong R&D fundamentals as we introduce new products such as Chip & Pin, Contactless and Proximity Payment in the coming months.

Throughout the whole process of attaining the grant to the follow through, MIDA has been highly informative, professional and helpful. We at Soft Space are grateful to our appointed MIDA team especially our account manager who has always been around to give a helping hand. Soft Space is on track, expanding rapidly and marking our presence globally.

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IKEA was founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad and the first store (including a show room) was opened in Almhult, Sweden in 1958. Since then, IKEA has developed a strong concept and product range around home furnishing articles, focused on function, quality and low price.Currently, there is a grand total of 229 IKEA stores in 33 countries / territories, and the company’s turnover reached 14.8 billion euro in 2005. More than 400 million people have visited IKEA stores world-wide. The IKEA catalogue had a total of 160 million copies printed in 52 editions and 25 languages.

IKEA was set up in Malaysia in 1999 with its distribution centre being the regional hub for the company’s Asia Pacific market to its 16 stores in seven Asia Pacific countries.

“Malaysia has been chosen for its central geographical position in Asia and it’s well developed logistics network and port infrastructure” says Vic Kurzeja, General Manager for IKEA’s Distribution Centre Malaysia. “We found in Malaysia a stable and reliable business and social environment which enables us to focus on our long term expansion goals”.

Today, IKEA’s distribution centre, with a 130,000 pallet storage capacity employs circa 220 co-workers. The key element of the company’s logistics network and strategy is to develop its market share in the Asia Pacific in the coming years.

IKEA will continue to develop and optimize its logistics hub in Malaysia by implementing Radio-Frequency technology in 2007 to monitor the company’s inventory flow and continue to invest in the development of local competence.

Malaysia’s ethnic diversity and well educated workforce has enabled IKEA to find the suitable manpower to meet the company’s human resource requirements.

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I-Berhad was established on February 2, 1967 under the name of Sanyo Industries (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. It was listed on the Main Board of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange on 29 September 1969 and assumed its current name on 12 August 1999.

Although the Group started off as a home appliance manufacturer, its vision today is to serve the home of the future – the smart home. Thus, the Group has diversified into the digital products industry. The first step in this direction was with the launch of the “i” brand. The Group took further steps to realize this vision by diversifying into the IT industry in 2000 and subsequently also ventured into the home automation business with the introduction of the i-home system.

In 2002, the Group expanded its digital product base by introducing digital cameras, projectors, DVDs and MP3 players. Today, the Group has two major business units – the intelligent appliance unit and the digital products unit.

Although the Group started off as an original equipment manufacturer, it has been transformed today into a marketing group, where its key assets are its brand, marketing and distribution network, quality assurance and service support infrastructure.

As a global Malaysian brand, “i” products have been distributed not only to the countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) regions, but also to Europe. In the global arena, the Group competes on product innovation, time-to-market, packaging design and value for money.

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Since the day it first stepped foot in Malaysia, Ericsson has been a key player in the evolution of the Malaysian telecommunications industry. Together with our customers, we have been actively involved in contributing towards the advancement of telecommunications services in the country.

Government policies that have been put in place encourage growth and promote investments in a stable political climate. Malaysia has a well-developed infrastructure and strong industrial linkages with supporting industries, thus providing an excellent business environment. In addition, the workforce is educated and productive.

All these make Malaysia an ideal choice for investments.

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In 1978, James Dyson, unhappy with a top of the range vacuum cleaner constantly clogging with dust and losing suction, ripped up the bag and set about developing a vacuum cleaner of his own. After five years and tinkering with 5,127 prototypes, Dyson eventually perfected the multi-cyclone technology. The patented design uses centrifugal force to separate the dirt, dust and debris from the air without losing suction and without a bag. Rejected by many well-known companies, banks and venture capitalists, it was in Japan, the home of consumer electronics, that Dyson was able to licence his technology. Subsequently, Dyson designed and oversaw the manufacture of the G-Force, which was launched in 1986.

Income from G-Force royalties enabled Dyson and a small team to continue developing his cyclone technology, working from a garden workshop. In May 1993, Dyson started manufacturing the vacuum cleaner under his own name, beginning with the Dyson DCO1. Despite a few setbacks, DCO1 emerged as the UK’s best-selling vacuum cleaner within a span of eighteen months.

Ever since prototype 0001, James Dyson, who now works with 350 like-minded engineers, has continued to question everything; looking for a better and different approach to household appliances.

Sean Robinson, Dyson’s RDD and Operations Director says, “We chose Malaysia for the assembly of our machines because of its global standing as a nation of manufacturing excellence. Our research and development engineers have close ties to their colleagues in Malaysia and vice-versa. Dyson currently produces millions of vacuum cleaners each year using the latest manufacturing technologies and processes.”

Meticulous testing is fundamental to Dyson. Test engineers in both the UK and Malaysia conduct 30,000 hours of testing every month and recently new test facilities were opened in Johor Bahru. Over 150 different mechanical test rigs are used by test technicians to replicate and exaggerate the usage of vacuum cleaners in the home.

DC15 The BallTM is Dyson’s latest vacuum cleaner and marks the biggest step forward since DCO1. Traditional uprights are rigid, cumbersome and tiring to use. With The BallTM, Dyson engineers have placed the body of the machine on top of a ball, housing the motor – its centre of gravity. This gives the machine great manoeuvrability; cleaning is more efficient as it quickly zig-zags around furniture. DC15 took three years to develop and the company has filed 182 patents for this model, which are still pending.

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The trend in market expansion and globalisation that started a few years ago pushed Alcatel, one of the world leaders in telecommunications system supply, to strengthen its presence in foreign markets. Conscious of the enormous growth potential of the Asian market, Alcatel chose Malaysia as its regional platform for marketing and industrial activities. For us, there were a number of good-sense business reasons.

Firstly, Malaysia represents an important and developed market for high-end Alcatel products. Secondly, Malaysia is centrally located in South-East Asia and it possesses an advanced infrastructure, a skilled labour force, and all the necessary supporting industries. Thirdly, the government of Malaysia has shown that, even in times of crisis, it is committed to remain actively pro-business and to provide a stable environment to transact in.

Finally, Malaysia has many natural assets and is culturally very rich and diverse. It is definitely a pleasant country to live and work in.

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