GEORGE TOWN: About 1,500 jobs will be created in Penang when a US-based multi-national company begins recruiting workers for its research and development facility in Batu Maung.
National Instruments vice-president of manufacturing Rob Poterfield said those recruited would be sent for training at its headquarters in Austin, Texas, for a year.
“We have secured 6.8ha of land in Batu Maung for the facility which cost us about RM36mil,” he said.
“We hope the site can be ready by next year. The company is developing the facility as part of our ongoing plan to expand our global operations,” Poterfield said after signing a land lease agreement with the Penang Development Corporation which was represented by its general manager Datuk Rosli Jaafar.
The event was witnessed by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy.
The company develops and manufactures software as well as hardware for engineers and scientists.
Poterfield said the recruitment included posts in manufacturing, product development, R&D, shared services, information technology and finance.
“In the next few years we plan to invest about RM280mil in Penang,” he said, adding that there was a slight delay in starting operations here due to the global economic slowdown.
In his speech, Lim said the company had the confidence to invest in Penang despite the global slowdown.
He hoped the plant would be constructed in the shortest time possible.
According to a report released by the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority, Penang is among the top five states with the highest number of investments in the first quarter of this year.
The state has registered RM749.8mil worth of investments from 31 projects during the period.