Celestica invests US$26m in new Malaysia plant

By Julian Matthews, CNET.com
Friday, October 08, 1999 10:49 PM

KUALA LUMPUR–Celestica, one of the largest contract electronic manufacturers in the world, is investing in its first plant in Malaysia as part of a major push in Asia.

The company is pumping in US$26 million for its initial phase to purchase a 50,000 sq ft plant on 7.5 acre plot of land at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park in the northern state of Kedah.

“We are very excited about the potential in Malaysia and firmly committed to growing Malaysia to meet our customers’ needs,” said corporate communications representative Pam Goddard.
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When old media meets new

Five hundred and fifty years since Gutenberg first began work on that Bible, the printing press is under its worst threat since television. The good news is it’s never been a better time to be a newspaper publisher. The bad news is you need to adapt or die.

New media encroaches on all old media territory. Suddenly–before you can say “Yahoo!”–newspapers find themselves competing with the CNNs and Matt Drudges of the world. All that’s fit to print is now all that’s free to hyperlink.

In Malaysia, The Star was the first out the gate when it launched a Web edition in June 1995. Since then, firmly entrenched print players such as the Utusan Group, the New Straits Times Group and smaller Chinese newspapers have jumped onto the online bandwagon.

But in the four years since, progress can only be described as excruciatingly slow. Most newspapers still cannibalize their print stories to turn into byte chunks with little, if any, exclusive content for the Net reader. Advertisers aren’t biting onto e-commerce tie-ups either. And editors and journalists have yet to figure out their new globalized roles.
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Cisco’s Support for 2.5 Gbits/s Internet Backbone

Internet service provider (ISP) Mimos Berhad has launched SuperJaring, a new fiber optic backbone that can transmit data at 2.5 Gbits/s making it one of the fastest available in the world.

Spanning 861km on the western side of the Malaysian peninsula, from Penang in the north to Johore in the south, the new multi-million dollar backbone network was built using the OC-48 Internet backbone infrastructure supported by Cisco Systems, Inc.

“The government has identified IT as one of the keys for our future success. Mimos’ charter has been to develop the infrastructure that will serve as the platform for that growth.

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