In Malaysia the E&E industry is a significant contributor to the nation’s economy, with electrical and electronics being one of the major Malaysian exports. Its key export destinations include China, US, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Apart from those countries, especially the manufacturing of semiconductors is popular all over the globe. This sub-industry is even expected to grow since it will continue to benefit from a higher demand of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as optoelectronics and storage devices. This not only leads to an increase in the investment value but also triggers job creation.
However, not only local companies have discovered the market for themselves and so it is not particularly surprising that the Panasonic Group, the Western Digital Group and the Intel Group have also set up local production facilities in Malaysia. But despite the fierce competition nearly all of the local E&E manufacturing companies like Malaysian Pacific Industries, Unisem or Globetronics can look back on successful years.
The great interest of national and international companies as well as their impact on the gross domestic product is being well monitored by the government. MIDA, the Malaysian investment Development Authority is therefore trying to adjust the Malaysian business environment on the growing needs of the E&E industry by embracing the industry 4.0. This includes investments in core focus areas such as FHE materials scale-up, thinned device processing, device/sensor integrated printing and packaging, system design tools, and reliability testing and modelling. This approach should ensure that Malaysia is part of the technological future and aims to gear the nation towards a high-income economy by focusing on high-value and high-growth manufacturing activities.