Edward Bautista, Senior Engineer of MIMOS demonstrating the “Green Motion Controller’ to Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed and Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau. Looking on is Dr Zulkifli bin Mohamed.
Malaysia’s exports of electrical and electronics (E&E) products for the period January to August 2015 showed significant growth, according to a joint announcement by the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) and the Ministry Of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).
The announcement – which was signed by Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed and Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, the ministers of MITI and MOSTI respectively – stated that the increase was by 7.4 percent to RM177.7 billion, compared to RM165.5 billion for the same period in 2014. It was also stated that E&E imports increased by 5.6 percent during the same period, from RM122.0 billion to RM128.7 billion.
The E&E industry continues to be a key driver of the Malaysian economy, with significant contribution to the country’s manufacturing output, employment, investments and exports. The E&E sector contribution to the economy extend beyond the investments and exports. The sector currently employs more than one million Malaysians. The expansion and growth of this sector in the coming years will generate tens of thousands more employment opportunities, especially for our young generations.
It was revealed that Malaysia registered strong and sustained inflow of foreign E&E investments in 2014 valued at RM11.1 billion, a 12 percent growth from 2013’s RM9.8 billion. Additionally, it was noted that with approved investments in E&E between January-June 2015 valued at RM4.5 billion and with 47 approved projects, the National Key Economic Area’s (NKEA) foreign investment target for 2015 would be achieved.
From 2011 until 2014, realised E&E investment stood at RM35 billion, or 78 percent of the total approved investment of RM45 billion for the same period. The continued investments by international companies are noteworthy and encouraging, amidst global economic uncertainties, which reflects the confidence of foreign investors in Malaysia.”
It was revealed that since the inception of the NKEA E&E in 2011, a total of 27 projects under 20 Entry Points Projects (EPP) have been implemented successfully, where MIMOS Bhd was identified to spearhead shared services facilities.
The facilities will benefit the industry, especially SMEs [small- and mdeium-sized enterprises] to shorten their production cycle time, increase the productivity of employees and cost saving by four times compared to service provided by overseas based labs. The savings in time and cost would enable companies to service their client more efficiently; hence, increase their competitiveness, as well as prevent approximately RM5.6 million cash outflow abroad.
The exchange of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MIMOS and several local SMEs for Failure and Material Analysis collaboration, as well as Green Motion Controller (GMC) commercialisation, would allow industry players to further enhance their competitiveness in advance analytical services, shared infrastructure and engineering expertise in semiconductor and nano characterisation.
The launch of the Green Motion Controller (GMC) chip, developed by MIMOS together with the industry, marks a significant milestone for the NKEA E&E, and is now available for companies to adopt commercially.
“Technological breakthroughs will enable more energy efficient applications such as home automation, home appliances and hybrid electric vehicles to be developed locally, with potential commercialisation value of RM50 million within the next five years,” the ministries said, adding that the project was also expected to create high-skilled jobs – such as design engineers, product engineers, and application engineers – in semiconductor industries.
The ministries concluded by stating that the completion of these projects would create a semiconductor ecosystem in the country, while the Open Innovation Platform – championed by MIMOS – would at the same time offer an open-source platform for industry players to build their own technologies on, to develop their own customised offerings.