February 24, 2024

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Centre of Excellence Driving Innovation and Growth in Kulim, Malaysia

A renowned global electronics manufacturing company, known for its expertise in producing tailor-made wire and cable harnesses, electro-mechanical components, and box-build assemblies, has announced the expansion of its operations in Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia.

This new facility aims to cater to a diverse range of industries including aerospace, telecommunications, medical, semiconductor, automotive and industrial automation. In addition to its manufacturing capabilities, the site will also house a cutting-edge regional centre, serving as a knowledge-intensive hub and establishing a state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence (COE). The company’s strategic move aims to enhance its value chain, solidify its position as an industry leader, and unlock new opportunities for growth.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) emphasise that the expansion reflects the industry’s sustained growth on a global scale, with Malaysia being strategically positioned to leverage these opportunities.

The country’s comprehensive electrical and electronics (E&E) ecosystem, along with its well-established semiconductor supply chain, will enable the new facility to generate job opportunities and benefit the local community. It will also strengthen Malaysia’s supply chain capabilities to meet the evolving demands of the E&E industry and foster innovation in emerging fields.

The expansion aligns with the Twelfth Malaysia Plan and the New Investment Policy, which are part of the government’s vision to enhance Malaysia’s investment ecosystem. The Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), responsible for promoting investments in the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) comprising Kedah, Perlis, Penang, and Perak, expressed its commitment to attracting and facilitating high-value investments. NCIA highlighted its pride in facilitating the company’s investment in the region and anticipates that the new facility will further solidify the region’s position as a prominent destination for high-tech manufacturing.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), investments by the company in Kedah and Penang will significantly enhance the development of the supply chain ecosystem. This development aims to support various industries in the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER), including electrical and electronics (E&E), machinery and equipment (M&E), medical technology and devices, telecommunications, automotive, and aerospace.

By providing incentives through the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), it is expected that more companies will be encouraged to invest in the region, leading to sustainable economic growth and the creation of employment opportunities for the local community.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of Kulim Technology Park Corporation (KTPC) mentioned that the fully integrated high-tech park offered by KTPC played a vital role in accelerating the company’s decision to invest in Kulim, Malaysia.

The high-tech park focuses on advanced technologies, high-tech manufacturing, and research and development activities. Dato’ Mohd Sahil expressed KTPC’s honour in enabling the manufacturing firm to become an innovative industry leader by leveraging the talents and excellent infrastructure available in Kulim.

The Managing Director of the company stated that the facility aims to enhance testing and handling capabilities in order to meet the increasing demand and ensure customer satisfaction by expanding capabilities and enabling rapid deployment at scale.

The company’s investment strategy in Kulim is expected to generate approximately 2,000 job opportunities for the local workforce, including at least 500 high-income positions. This substantial employment creation is anticipated to stimulate economic growth in the state of Kedah.

The company emphasises its commitment to hiring and training local talent while enhancing vendor-development programs to provide ample opportunities for local suppliers. The involvement of local talent, both in direct and indirect labour roles, is deemed crucial for the overall success of the company’s investment.

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