Tuesday July 10, 2012
Infineon to pump RM500mil into Malacca ops over two years
MALACCA: Infineon Technologies has announced a RM500mil investment to expand research and development (R&D) and manufacturing activities over a two-year period at its largest backend manufacturing operation here.
The announcement was made during a ground-breaking ceremony officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, German Ambassador Dr Guenter Gruber and Infineon Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd president and managing director Dr Matthias Ludwig.
Ludwig said that besides manufacturing capacity expansion and facilities upgrading, Infineon would add a further 140 R&D engineers to make it a total of 400 R&D staff by the end of next year, depending on global market conditions and business demand.
This, he said, included the construction of a new development centre with a total built-up of 3,000 sq m that would house modern development labs and office space for R&D staff.
The new building is expected to be completed by April next year.
“Innovation is one of the key success factors for Infineon.
“Our focus on sustainable development fits well with Malaysia's Economic Transformation Programme and goal of becoming a high income nation,” he said after the ground-breaking ceremony yesterday.
He added that Infineon would continue to develop competencies in its staff in a bid to drive innovation and add value.
Infieneon embarked on its R&D here in 2005 with the development of innovative integrated circuit packaging solutions.
To ensure efficient support for the development of new products, product transfer and technology changes, its research and development expanded to include test and product development over the years.
The company is presently focusing on building competencies and setting up R&D activities in application engineering and test technology and innovation.