SiberHegner plans to set up IT regional hub in Malaysia


  • Business
  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2003

BY KATHY FONG

SIBERHEGNER (M) Sdn Bhd, member of DKSH group, intends to set up an information technology (IT) centre in Malaysia to centralise and integrate IT systems in its South East Asia operations. 

The company is currently in the early stages of preparations to build a data centre in the country to provide support services to DKSH group's operations in the region, including Australia, said DKSH Holdings Ltd president and CEO, Dr Joerg Wolle. 

He expects the centre to be ready by year-end.  

Nik Grantham (left) and Dr Joerg Wolle at the official opening of SibertHegner's new office in Petaling Jaya.

However, the amount of investment to be put in has not been worked out yet. 

An educated and skilled workforce, a good infrastructure system and affordable cost structures were the factors that make Malaysia a suitable location for the group's data centre, Wolle said. 

SiberHegner is the newly merged entity between SiberHegner and DM Instrumentation. This followed the merger between the parent groups, SiberHegner Holding Ltd and Diethelm Keller Services Asia Ltd – a subsidiary of Dielthelm Keller Holdings Ltd – to form DKSH Holdings in June last year. 

SiberHegner is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zurich-based DKSH Holdings. 

Its core businesses are in surveying and global position systems, chemical analysis, life science, material science and manufacturing and industrial activities.  

“The larger operation gave us the opportunity to move into new premises, in which we have created space for a fully equipped analytical application laboratory, a technical centre for the surveying department, a service centre and seminar facilities,'' said its managing director Nick Grantham. 

Grantham said a built up of 20,000 sq ft marked a significant expansion of SiberHegner's technology business in Malaysia.  

“It is tangible proof of our continuing confidence in the Malaysian economic and political environment,'' he added. 

Grantham said Malaysia was one of the best Asian countries for investments in developing life science such as biotechnology, given the government's constant efforts and financial support to this growing technology segment. 

DKSH Holdings is a leading international marketing and services group with an annual turnover of RM15bil and employs 16,000 staff worldwide. 

Its main business segments are consumer and healthcare, speciality and life science chemicals, food ingredients and technology. 

KLSE-listed Diethelm Holdings (M) Bhd is also a member of DKSH group.  

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