Kulim dah jadi Majlis Perbandaran..Nasib baik dah ada Kulim Landmark Central..So sesuai la dgn gelaran..tapi Kulim still byk lagi kawasan2 semak samun yg perlu dibangunkan..baru bandar tu nampak kemas..Anyway, congrats to Kulim...Boleh lawan AS & SP la..
TUNE Money Sdn Bhd chief executive officer, Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, and a group of private investors are believed to have submitted a bid to take over Northern Utility Resources Sdn Bhd (NUR), the country’s first independent power utility (IPU).
The group is proposing to pay RM700mil cash for NUR’s assets, sources familiar with the deal told StarBiz.
“The private investors have proposed to buy over the debts via a special purpose vehicle to control NUR, which is currently being administrated by receivers.”
NUR, which sells electricity directly to consumers within the Kulim Hi-Technology Park in Kedah, owes a four-member banking consortium - Malayan Banking Bhd, CIMB Bhd, AM Bank Bhd and RHB Bank Bhd - close to RM1.6bil.
Zafrul, former managing director of Avenue Capital Resources Bhd, has a 10% stake in Tune Money, alongside with CIMB Structured Investment, which has a 25% interest. When contacted, he declined to comment.
NUR’s single largest shareholder Manfield Development Sdn Bhd director Mohd Adnan Hashim said he heard of the bid last week. But he has no details of the proposal as he has not been informed of the move by the receivers.
He said NUR generated RM150mil revenue annually and the “loan issue with the banks cannot be resolved because certain agreements among NUR shareholders have not been reached.''
There are also specific instructions from the Government for the shareholders to adhere to, he said.
It is understood that CIMB is advising the private investors. NUR’s shareholders are Manfield, with a 40% stake, Jalinan Muhibbah Sdn Bhd, Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Tenaga Nasional Bhd with each owning a 20% stake in the IPU.
NUR, which can generate a maximum of 220 megawatts of electricity via its gas power plant, was specifically set up to supply electricity and bill companies operating within the Technology Park, the country’s first high technology industrial park. Currently, NUR is only producing 105MW to accommodate the needs there.
The company has a 30-year concession to generate and supply electricity within the technology park at tariffs that are equivalent to those charged by Tenaga Nasional Bhd. However, NUR does not have a power purchase agreement to sell excess capacity to TNB.
TNB had initially expressed interest to acquire NUR and two of its operating companies for about RM1bil but dropped the plan in June 2006.
Construction Companies To Explore Potential Collaboration
KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 (Bernama)
About 90 European, Chinese and Malaysian companies from the construction industry are meeting in the city Thursday to explore potential collaboration.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said under the Asia-Invest programme, which is funded by the European Union, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of Europe and Asia will stand to benefit from the project.
The main organiser in Malaysia for the matchmaking event is the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Today's business matchmaking event between 25 European companies and five Chinese companies with 60 participating Malaysian companies was officiated by Mustapa who said that focus of the Asia-Invest project was on green technology.
'I am told that the business-matching sessions over the next two days will focus on
environmentally friendly construction, energy-efficient building and the use of
renewable energy in buildings,' he said.
Mustapa said Malaysia would like to focus on solar energy projects.
A huge investment of RM9.5 billion in solar energy projects has been approved, he said.
Major players in solar energy-related investments in Malaysia included an American company in the Kulim Hi-Tech Park and a German company in Cyberjaya, he added.
QFN 3D STACKED DIE - COLLABORATION WITH UKM, UM SIRIM AND AIC
July 20, 2008 20:28 PM
M'sia Launches Latest Semiconductor Package
KULIM, July 20 (Bernama) -- Malaysia today unveiled a state- of-the-art semiconductor package which is smaller in size yet capable of having a higher capacity.
The 'QFN 3-D Stacked Die' product was the result of joint research by scientists from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia as the leader, Universiti Malaya, Sirim Bhd and AIC Semiconductor Sdn Bhd.
It was funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) under the Development and Production of Advance Semiconductor 3D Packaging programme.
MOSTI Secretary-General Datuk Abdul Hanan Alang Endut who launched the product said the ministry spent RM26.6 million in grants for the project which took about two and a half years to be completed at AIC Semiconductor facility in Kulim High-Tech Park.
'Malaysia which has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and over 100,000 workforce can grow more rapidly in the industry provided it undertakes more research and enhance the level of development and high value manufacturing,' he said.
Malaysia was among major semiconductor producers, contributing about eight percent to the world market worth about US$204 billion in 2002, he said.
Speaking to reporters later, Hanan said the government's ownership in the semiconductor package through MOSTI was 50 percent while the rest was shared by the two unversities, Sirim and AIC Semiconductor.
AIC Semiconductor president Chong Chee Song said the new package fetched a high market value in the electronic industry and had received orders from several parties.
'We are able to produce one million semiconductor chips in a month but if the demand is high we are ready to inject more funds to acquire the necessary equipment,' he said.
Kulim Hi-Tech sets aside 12ha for SMI park
By V. CHANDRASEKARAN, the Star
KULIM: Kulim Hi-Tech Park, which attracted RM2bil in investments last year, has allocated 12ha for a small and medium industries (SMI) park.
The infrastructure was already in place at the SMI park and lots of between 0.4ha and 1.6ha each were now available, Kulim Technology Park Corp (KTPC) group chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Shukri Tajuddin told StarBiz.
“KHTP has gained recognition from the multinational companies because of its advanced infrastructure, professional management and support services.
“We want to capitalise on this and woo local and foreign investors to centralise all their supporting industries at the SMI park,” he said.
The supporting industries would cater for companies like First Solar Inc, Silterra (M) Sdn Bhd, Intel Products (M) Sdn Bhd and Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn Bhd, he added.
KHTP currently houses 21 manufacturing companies and 30 support services companies under phases one and two of its industrial zone covering 1,640ha.
It had chalked up a total RM23bil in investments and has a workforce of 16,000.
KITA, which stands for Kulim Industrial Tenants Association, was launched in 2003 and officially registered on 27th July 2004. With 21 companies in the Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP) as its members, KITA is working closely with its stakeholders in the government and the community to achieve its vision of making Kulim an Ideal Community to Live and Work In
Reasons for the formation of KITA:
1.Shared vision and common vested interest among companies to make KHTP successful
2. To provide a single communication channel to government, service providers, community and other stakeholders
3. To foster better linkage and collaborative efforts among companies in KHTP
To make Kulim the Preferred Community to Live and Work in.
KITA is currently driven by the main committee members consisting of: President (Entegris), Vice President (Intel), Secretary (Silterra), Treasurer (Fuji Electric) and members from Infineon, First Solar and WaferGen.
Kulim Industrial Tenants Association (KITA)
c/o SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.,
Lot 8, Industrial Zone Phase 2,
Kulim Hi-Tech Park,
Inokom is principally involved in the manufacture and assembly of light commercial vehicles as well as contract assembly. Its manufacturing facility is located in Padang Meha, Kulim, occupying 200 acres of freehold land. Production commenced in August 1997.
The Company is owned by a consortium of corporate shareholders, which constitute of Sime Darby Berhad (51%), Pesumal (M) Sdn Bhd (14%), Hyumal Motor Sdn Bhd (“Hyumal”) (5%), Hyundai Motor Company of South Korea (“Hyundai”) (15%) and Berjaya Group Berhad (15%).
Inokom started with the Malaysian National Commercial Vehicles (“MNCV”) project which produced Permas and Lorimas models, based on the technology transferred from Renault and Hyundai respectively.
Inokom started manufacturing Hyundai’s micro multi-functional vehicles (MFV) in September 2002. The agreement had been finalised upon signing of the Technical Licence Agreement between the two parties in March 2002. Since then, Inokom had produced various ranges of products in our Kulim assembly plant. The model ranges from passenger to commercial vehicle. The marketing and distribution of Inokom products is handled by Hyundai Sime Darby Motors Sdn Bhd.
Inokom Corporation Sdn Bhd
Lot 38, Mukim Padang Meha
Padang Serai, Kulim
Kedah Darul Aman
Guthrie MDF Sdn Bhd is situated in Kulim, Kedah, which is about 50 kilometers from Penang,and is strategically served by the North-South Expressway and East - West
highway to facilitate speedier deliveries.
Guthrie MDF began production in 1996. Set on 47 hectares near Guthrie's plantation, it is one of the largest Medium Density Fibreboard plants in Malaysia, capable of producing 130,000 cubic meters annually. The line manufactures boards
of varying thickness between 3.0 - 25mm. The total investment of the manufacturing facilities amounted to US$60 million.
The base raw material for the plant come from old rubber trees which is a renewable
resource. The plant is ideally situated in Kedah which together with neighbouring
states of Perak and Perlis has about 400,000 hectares or 20% of the
rubber hectarage in Malaysia.
In 1998, GMDF ventured into value added processing of their MDF to produce direct
printed MDF. This line caters for MDF with thickness of 3.0 - 25mm and maximum
width of 1220mm. The printing and painting capacity of this line is about 9,000,000m²
annually. In reinforcing our commitment to protect the ecology, waterbased lacquers,
UV lacquers and waterbased inks are used on the product.
In our quest to provide quality assured products and dependable customer service,
GMDF became an ISO 9002 certified company in October 1999.
Mr.Lee Kwok Choy
Guthrie MDF Sdn Bhd
Lot 833, Mukim Padang Meha
09400 Padang Serai Kulim Kedah
Tel : (60)4 4022100
Fax : (60)4 4022201
Email address : [email protected]
URL : guthriemdf.com
THE SIGNING CEREMONY OF THE MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING AND THE LAUNCH OF NORTHERN CORRIDOR INDUSTRIAL TECHNICAL ENHANCEMENT SCHEME (NCITES)
26 May 2009
The Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) announced the launching of the Northern Corridor Industrial Technical Skills Enhancement Scheme (NCITES) during a signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park today.
NCIA also signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Kulim Technology Park Corporation (KTPC), and the Kulim Industrial Tenants Association (KITA), to set up the Kulim Hi-Tech Park Skills Development Center.
These programmes are two examples of the NCIA’s human capital development initiatives driven by the Manufacturing Industry Division. The NCITES program is a collaboration between NCIA and three KHTP companies i.e.:- • Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn. Bhd. • Entegris (M) Sdn. Bhd. • Fuji Electric (M) Sdn. Bhd. NCITES is an innovative approach to further develop skilled manpower in the effort to reduce skilled manpower shortages in the local hi-tech manufacturing, and underemployment among local graduates.
Paramount among the NCITES innovations is the enhanced direct participation of the industry in the graduate continuous learning process. Companies participating in NCITES will provide 12 months of industrial training for graduate trainees by applying the most current technologies, equipment, and in-house training curriculum and methodologies. These measures will fast track the development of skilled workers -- through partnership with the industry -- to create the right talent pool, designed to meet the industry needs and support NCER industrial growth.
The NCIA will provide the initial funding for the NCITES in the form of subsistence allowances for the graduate trainees who are expected to begin their 12-month attachments by January 2009. The NCIA hopes that the results of this pilot project can then be ported into the programs being driven by the government’s human capital development agencies e.g. Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Human Resource across the NCER and nationwide.
Memorandum of Understanding were also signed between NCIA, Kulim Technology Park Corporation (KTPC) the developer of KHTP and Kulim Industrial Tenants Association (KITA), representing the tenants of the KHTP, to jointly develop a Skills Development Center in KHTP. The three parties will collaborate to develop institutional capability to provide training programs, materials and resources for the industry in KHTP, and to promote exchange of personnel for training and research.
The Skills Development Centre in KHTP will enhance the supply of industry-relevant quality talents to meet Kulim industry’s requirements, strengthen curriculum and enhance industry-relevant skills. The centre will also increase the talent pool of technically competent graduates with enhanced industry experience.
These two programmes represent some early initiatives by the NCIA towards meeting its charter of facilitating the implementation of the NCER master plan. The graduates of these human capital development programs will acquire valuable industry-relevant knowledge and therefore greatly increase their individual income earning capacities. The creation of these new processes will also ultimately help to retain existing investors and attract new ones by providing a facility to produce a steady flow of competent, industry-savvy, post-graduate human capital.
The signing ceremony which was attended by approximately 200 guests was witnessed by YB Ir. Tuan Haji Amiruddin Hamzah, Kedah State Chairman for Industry, Investment, Science and Innovations while NCIA was represented by its Chief Operating Officer Dato’ Ir. Mohamad Othman Zainal Azim.
Also involved with the ceremony were; 1. Tuan Haji Muhamad Sobri Osman, President of Kulim Technology Park Corporation (KTPC) 2. Dato’ Ahmad Shukri Tajuddin, Senior Vice President, Kulim Technology Park Corporation (KTPC) 3. Mr. Chris Tan, Senior Vice President – Manufacturing Industry Division, Northern Corridor Implementation Authority 4. Dato’ Tan Soo Hee, Managing Director of Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn. Bhd. 5. Mr. Chai Eng Leng, Plant Manager, Entegris (M) Sdn. Bhd cum President of Kulim Industrial Tenants Association (KITA) 6. Mr. Chong Nee Hwa, Senior General Manager of Fuji Electric (M) Sdn. Bhd. 7. Encik Wan Ismail Ibrahim, Executive Director of Kedah Industrial Skills and Management Centre (KISMEC) *Ends*
Category: Industry News
US-based Entegris Inc, a global leader in materials integrity management, is relocating its operations in America to its plant in the Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP), Kedah, aimed at making its Malaysian operations, the Group's biggest manufacturing hub by year-end.
Entegris, which has to-date invested RM210 million in the KHTP plant plans to invest an additional sum of between RM40 million and RM50 million over the next two years to enhance the facility, according to Group Chief Operating Officer, Betrand Loy.
Loy said the Group is presently speeding up the transfer of both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing activities for semiconductor protective material products to Malaysia, including manufacturing and support activities for six to seven new products.
The new areas include a range of gas filters and purifiers, wafer process carriers and micro-environment and reticle pods used to control contamination in the manufacturing processes of the semiconductor industry.
By year-end, the KHTP facility would employ some 690 people, accounting for about 30% of the group's total employees worldwide. By 2010, Entegris Malaysia will increase its staff strength to 750 from the current 488 and 15% of which will be engineers and technical staff, as the company anticipates recovery in the semiconductor industry by then, he added.
Meanwhile, Entegris Malaysia has participated in the Northern Corridor Industrial Technical Enhancement Scheme to train its technical staff for the expanded facility in Kulim. Under the training programme, which began last year, the company recruited 10 new graduates for a one-year internship with Entegris, with a view for employment based on their performance. This year, another 15 graduates will be similarly recruited.
Entegris, which spends 9% of its revenue on R&D, undertakes the bulk of the research and development (R&D) work in the United States and Japan, with some design and development works for products supporting data storage being done in KHTP.
However, with the expansion in its Malaysian facility, more R&D activities will be transferred to Malaysia, in order that the R&D be near the manufacturing activity in KHTP.
The move would allow a more efficient and effective operations as it will save time on product development as well as the ability to initiate quicker response to customers' needs.
Entegris also operates manufacturing and service centres in the US- in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Texas, and Colorado, as well as in France, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.
On the performance of the semiconductor industry, Loy said there was a sharp drop of 70% in the first quarter, year-on-year, but expects business to recover in the second and third quarters of this year.
The utilisation of wafer fabrication capacity in the global semiconductor industry is also expected to hit 80% to 90% early next year.
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