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Tuesday June 11, 2013

Penang’s electronics and electrical industry make strides

WITH half of Penang’s gross domestic product (GDP) coming from manufacturing and 60% of that from the electronics and electrical industry, manufacturers of the latter are now moving up the value chain with more emphasis on research, design and development activities in their operations.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said as the ‘Silicon Island of the East’, the state had received the endorsement of foreign investors and an increase in manufacturing activities, employment activities and the state’s economy, are expected.

Citing an example, he said audio specialist Bose Corp, is expected to start operations in the Batu Kawan Industrial Park soon.

He was speaking at the opening of the electronics-manufacturing exhibition Nepcon Malaysia 2013 at the subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre (formerly called PISA) yesterday.

He said the state government was working hard to rekindle the interest among the young in the field of science and technology.

“The success of the Penang International Science Fair for children was proof of the state government’s commitment in creating a future generation capable of growing the industry,” he said.

Event organising company Reed Exhibitions managing director Michelle Lim said the 14th edition of the exhibition would see more than 50 companies launching new products.

“Also, over the three-day exhibition, contestants will take part in a 30-minute hand soldering competition to build a functional electronics assembly.

“The champion will represent his or her company and country at the IPC Hand Soldering World Championship in Las Vegas next year,” she said, adding that the competition was held at Nepcon for the first time.

IPC international relations vice president David Bergman said the reliability of electronic equipment is ensured by a zero-defect soldering process.

“This contest recognises the best skills in hand soldering complex printed board assemblies.

“This event will highlight the high level of skill and expertise in the country’s electronics manufacturing industry,” he said in a press release.

Judging is by industry-trained experts and evaluated in accordance to globally accepted standards.

Lim said Nepcon Malaysia continues to showcase Penang’s robustness in the electrical and electronics industry.

“I’m happy to see that this year we have more products and over 70% of overseas participation from some 22 countries including China, Germany, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United State.

“This exhibition is important because it enables local companies to upgrade and in the electronics and electrical industry, you must do so in order to survive,” he added.

The exhibition from 10am to 6pm ends tomorrow.

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