GE Plastics Malaysia will invest US$1mil (RM3.8mil) this year to upgrade its multi-walled polycarbonate sheet manufacturing facility in Klang.
GE Plastics South-East Asia managing director Kyu-Hwan Cho said part of the investment included provision for developing its employees skills.
We believe that the enhanced employee skills and technology upgrades will help improve production quality and manufacturing efficiency, he said at the opening of GE Plastics multi-wall polycarbonate sheet extrusion facility by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz in Klang yesterday.
The 70,000 sq ft facility in Klang is highly automated and employs 30 workers.
We believe that cost effectiveness, higher skills and technology will provide the General Electric group with the extra edge to stay competitive in the region, he added.
GE Plastics is a division of the US-based General Electric Co, which acquired the key plant and assets of Carboron Sdn Bhd last year to bring its business closer to its Asia-Pacific customers.
The acquisition follows an earlier purchase of the global business of LNP Engineering Plastics, which has a key facility in Senawang, Negri Sembilan.
Cho said the acquisitions would strengthen General Electrics plastics business and business expansion in Asia.
Being closer to the market will enable us to deliver products and services of the highest value and quality for our customers.
It will also enable us to understand our customers better, respond to their needs, ensure faster delivery and lower delivery costs, he said.
GE Plastics in Klang, which currently produces the all-weather impact resistant multi-walled polycarbonate sheets under the Carboron brand, plans to introduce the Lexan thermoclear energy saving multi-walled polycarbonate sheets in future.
General Electric is a diversified company with 300,000 employees in 100 countries, has businesses in aircraft engines manufacturing, power generation, financial services, medical imaging, television programming and plastics making.
The group posted a global revenue of US$131.7bil (RM500bil) last year.
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