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Malaysia: Hub for Hi-Tech Manufacturing

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MIDA has signed a Collaborative Agreement with a global leader in intelligent sensing and emitting technology, representing a significant milestone in their shared commitment to further investment and expansion in Malaysia, highlighting Malaysia’s role as a hub for advanced manufacturing and technology development, and contributing to regional economic growth and job creation.

In 2022, substantial global investments totalling approximately EUR1 billion were announced for cutting-edge emitting technology, specifically in the domains of LED and microLED. This forward-looking investment initiative sought to revolutionise the world of lighting and display technology.

A key component of this plan was the establishment of an advanced 8-inch microLED manufacturing facility in Kulim, Malaysia. This facility, characterized by its state-of-the-art automation and technology, is a groundbreaking development in the global microLED industry. Construction of this pioneering facility commenced in 2022, and it is well on its way to completion, aligning with the company’s strategic vision.

High-ranking officials from the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry (MITI) and MIDA made a visit to the company’s headquarters in Premstaetten, Austria, in August to gain insights into the company’s technology development strategies and to observe firsthand the progress of the fully-automated 8-inch microLED manufacturing facility in Kulim, Malaysia.

The delegation, led by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry Malaysia (MITI), and the CEO of MIDA, was accompanied by government officials. This visit showcased the strong collaborative spirit between the company and Malaysian authorities.

The Collaborative Agreement solidifies the commitment to investing in Malaysia, emphasising the creation of a significant number of job opportunities in the fields of science and technology for Malaysians. This investment is expected to have a positive ripple effect on the local economy, providing opportunities for skilled professionals and contributing to the nation’s growth. Moreover, the agreement facilitates innovation initiatives in technology, reflecting a shared vision of fostering cutting-edge advancements.

The company intends to forge strong collaborations with local public research institutes, universities, colleges, and vendor development programs. This collaborative approach aims to advance technological capabilities and drive the implementation of Industry 4.0 use cases. Such partnerships can lead to the development of new technologies, creating a fertile ground for innovation in Malaysia.

The Secretary General of MITI stated that MITI and MIDA are actively pursuing opportunities to attract more wafer fabrication players and their supply chains to consider Malaysia as a viable production site, thereby achieving mutually beneficial outcomes for both investors and the country.

The CEO of MIDA, echoed these sentiments, expressing eagerness to collaborate with the company to leverage Malaysia’s capabilities as a strategic supply chain hub serving the global industrial market. The company’s investment aligns perfectly with Malaysia’s vision to attract highly sophisticated manufacturing investments at the forefront of technology. This not only contributes to economic growth and job creation but also reinforces Malaysia’s research and development ecosystem. The tangible benefits of this partnership extend to a wide range of local talents, including engineers, managers, technicians, and researchers, benefiting Malaysians from various backgrounds.

The CEO of the company highlighted the significance of the Collaborative Agreement with MITI and MIDA. He recognised Malaysia as a country offering a highly skilled workforce, profound technology expertise, and a steadfast commitment to safety and environmental standards. Together with the Malaysian authorities and the people of Malaysia, the company will work to advance cutting-edge technology and the corresponding manufacturing processes to industrialize these technologies at scale.

It is worth noting that the company’s relationship with Malaysia has a rich history, as 2022 marked the celebration of 50 years of partnership. Over this period, the company has cultivated a robust manufacturing base, conducted extensive research and development activities, established sales and marketing functions, and operated as a global business centre and IT service centre in Malaysia. This long-standing commitment underscores the depth of their partnership and their enduring belief in the potential of Malaysia as a key player in the global technology landscape.

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