Motorola Solutions expands systems, workforce to focus on high-tech devices

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  • Monday, 09 Dec 2013

MOTOROLA Solutions, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in the country next year, will focus on manufacturing the next generation of telecommunications devices at its plant in Bayan Lepas, Penang. This will require the plant to expand its embedded system and software engineering work force.

Motorola Solutions senior vice-president of human resources and communications, Shelly Carlin said in an interview that the next generation of telecommunications devices will have more complex and sophisticated features, which requires advanced software programmes support and solutions.

“We also don’t want to develop and manufacture advanced telecommunications devices without providing software solutions and back-up services,” she said.

An embedded system is a computer system providing special support within a larger mechanical or electrical system, which is commonly used in telecommunications devices.

Also present at the media briefing were Motorola Solutions senior director of engineering and head of the Penang Research and Development Centre Dr Hari Narayanan, Motorola Solutions global communications vice-president Nicholas Sweers, and Motorola Solutions Technology managing director Datuk Yew Tian Tek.

Carlin said Motorola Solutions is now working with the Collaborative Research in Science, Engineering and Technology Centre (Crest) of TalentCorp Malaysia, and the Higher Education Ministry to develop and train engineers for the country’s electronics and semiconductor sector.

“In particular, we are looking at how the engineering curriculum in tertiary institutions can support the needs of the industry in the areas of embedded engineering and software. There is a five-year plan with Crest to bring into Malaysia international universities to collaborate with the electronics industry in Malaysia.

“The objective is to work with Crest to create a research and development eco-system in the country,” she said.

Formed last year, Crest represents the three key stakeholders in Malaysia’s electronics sector — the industry itself, institutions of higher education, and the Federal Government.

On the expansion of Motorola’s facility in Bayan Lepas, Carlin said the focus of expansion would cover the supply chain, finance, call centre, purchasing, and the network operating centre.

“Our 227,000 sq ft, seven-storey building, now being constructed within the premises of the existing plant, will be ready in the first half of next year.

“We will consolidate all Penang site research and development operations into one building. This will eliminate inefficiencies from operating out of different buildings. It will also house the call centre and the network operation centre,” she said.

Motorola operates in three facilities in the Bayan Lepas Technoplex Industrial Park, and in one other facility in Mayang Mall, Bayan Baru.

Since its establishment in 1974, Motorola Solutions has been contributing to the nation’s economy, growing to a present size of approximately 4,000 employees.

A significant volume of Motorola telecommunications devices are made in Penang, and the facility here also provides end-to-end two-way radio communication solutions and services to clients globally.

Motorola’s telecommunications devices are often used in mission-critical sectors such as emergency services and armed forces.

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