ETP Targets 50 Integrated Circuit Producers
Efforts will be
intensified to attract multinational corporations and grow
ONE of the critical
areas for the electrical and electronics sector (E&E) this
year is to address the shortfall in meeting the key
performance indicators (KPI) target for the growth number of
integrated circuit-design firms.
The issue is highlighted in the Economic Transformation
Programme's Annual Report 2011.
The roadmap for the transformation of the E&E sector
requires a 10 per cent annual growth rate in the number of
integrated circuit-design companies to produce the much needed
highly-skilled human capital.
The Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (Mida) and
supporting agencies, namely the Northern Corridor Investment
Authority (NCIA), the Economic Planning Unit, MDeC, Silterra
and the fabrication consortium, will intensify the drive to
attract multinational corporations (MNCs) and grow local
The target is for a total of 50 players by 2015.
Under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) for E&E are
four business opportunities, namely, semiconductors, solar,
light-emitting diodes (LED) and industrial electronics.
The report said to date, the International Trade and Industry
Ministry and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
have yet to transform these opportunities into Entry Point
Projects (EPPs) as the focus for the first year was on the
successful implementation of the EPPs.
Another target for 2012 is to increase silicon production and
support the growth of substrates manufacturers and related
Sarawak will be promoted as a site for silicon producers and
solar glass, providing incentives to new silicon producers.
To address the power needs of the industry, priority will be
allocated for hydroelectric power to the solar industry rather
than other energy intensive-industries like aluminium and
Apart from growing solar wafer and cell producers and
increasing solar module producers, it also targets to develop
LED front- end operation and creating local solid state
lighting (SSL) champions.
Malaysia has the potential to become a global leader and hub
for SSL, which is a sub-segment of the larger lighting market.
Malaysia also hopes to attract additional 30 per cent
investments in test and measurements from MNCs and attract
more local test and measurements design partners.
On the automation equipment manufacturing, the report said the
Centre of Excellence for Machinery and Engineering Services is
expected to be operational at the NCIA Technology Design
Centre by the first quarter.
As for building an electrical home appliance manufacturing hub
and international distribution network, a proposed consortium
with Pensonic is expected to hit annual sales of RM2.2 billion
and to source 50 per cent of its requirements locally by 2020.
Four cross-cutting common enablers were also listed as
critical enablers to the E&E NKEA - northern corridor,
Klang Valley, Johor, as well as Sabah and Sarawak.
In the last quarter of 2011, The Performance Management &
Delivery Unit held a three-month long Cities and Corridors
Lab, together with the corridor authorities, such as NCIA and
various stakeholders in the area.
The common enablers were addressed in these labs, of which the
three-feet level programmes will be announced this year.
The 2020 target is to have an incremental GNI impact of RM53.4
billion and additional 157,000 jobs, the report said.
About Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd:
SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a semiconductor wafer foundry offering major fabrication and design support services in CMOS logic, High-Voltage, Mixed-signal, RF and MEMS technologies down to 90 nanometer feature size. SilTerra's wafer fab has a design-in capacity of 40,000 eight-inch wafers per month and currently serves customers in US, Taiwan, Korea and
Environmentally vigilant, SilTerra delivers award winning, world-class performance to its customers seeking flexible capacity, custom technolgies, competitive advantages and around the clock customer support. SilTerra is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 certified. Starting commercial production in 2001, the company's headquarters and factory are located in Malaysia's Kulim High-Tech Park, with sales and marketing offices in San Jose(California) and Hsinchu(Taiwan).
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