|Ibiden Electronics Malaysia to Start Operations Next Year|
BERNAMA, July 9, 2010
PENANG: Ibiden Electronics Malaysia Sdn Bhd's printed wiring board plant at the Penang Science Park in Bukit Minyak, Bukit Mertajam, will start operations in the second quarter next year.
Parent company Ibiden Co Ltd's executive vice president, Mafumi Kunishima, said the facility would be focusing on manufacturing high-performance and high-density printed wiring boards to cater for increased market demand for smartphones.
"This facility is in its final stage of completion. Machinery will be set up and installed from end of this year," he said at a news conference after meeting Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng here on Monday.
Kunishima said with the establishment of the facility and the positive market outlook for smartphones growing at around 30 per cent and personal computer at 15 per cent, Ibiden aimed to make Malaysia to be one of its biggest bases in Asia.
"The everage output for the initial production will be 50 million units per year and we are targeting to achieve 100 million units per year by 2010," he said.
The company, a subsidiary of Japan's Ibiden Co Ltd, the world's largest printed circuit board maker, will begin operations with 900 employees.
"We will be providing training opportunities and a chance to visit our overseas facilities to the first batch of employees this coming September to equip them with the leading-edge manufacturing technology," Kunishima said.