Malaysia Ups PCB Exports; Praegitzer Opens Asian Outlet

By Julian Matthews

June 24, 1998 (KUALA LUMPUR) — Malaysian exports of printed circuit boards rose 42.1 percent last year to 3.093 billion ringgit (about US$793 million), compared to 2.190 billion ringgit in 1996.

International Trade and Industry Minister Rafidah Aziz said recently , that Singapore was the country’s largest export market, with 37 percent share, followed by Japan (13.7 percent), Hong Kong (11.6 percent), and the United States and Taiwan at 11.2 percent each.

Rafidah said that her ministry had approved a total 53 projects for the manufacture of printed circuit boards, of which 32 were already in operation.

“Twelve of the companies are producing double-sided printed circuit boards and seven others are producing multi-layered boards,” she said.

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Taiwan Investors to Profit on Ringgit’s Fall

By Julian Matthews

Taiwanese investors are keen on pumping in new investments into Malaysia despite the regional financial climate.

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office representative to Malaysia, Paul Tso, said the country is seen as a choice destination for investment.

Taiwanese investors are expected to capitalize on the devaluation of the ringgit, depressed stock market, fall in property prices and lower labor costs.

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