Celestica Joins Leading CEMs,Increases Presence

Celestica Inc, the third largest contract electronic manufacturer (CEM) is investing in its first plant in Malaysia at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park in the northern state of Kedah.

Its entry marks a milestone for Malaysia which has secured the top six CEMs in the world as listed by industry trackers, Technology Forecasters Inc, namely SCI Systems Inc, Solectron Corp, Flextronics International Ltd, Jabil Circuit Inc and NatSteel Electronics Ltd.

Celestica spokesperson Pam Goddard said the company is investing US$26 million for the first phase of the plant which includes the purchase of a 4,645m2 plant. “We are very excited about the potential in Malaysia and firmly committed to growing here to meet our customer’s needs,” she said.

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Kulim Park Pioneers Gigabit Ethernet

By Julian Matthews

Kulim Hi-Tech Park is setting up a Gigabit Ethernet network believed to be the first of its kind in the country for the delivery of a variety of electronic community services for the park’s tenants.

The network is being set up by networking company 3Com Asia Ltd and systems integrator Stacks Technology Sdn Bhd in a joint project with Kulim Technology Management Sdn Bhd under an agreement signed recently.

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‘Smart’ practices for smart folks

By Anita Devasahayam

CREATING a smart environment may sound like a far-fetched notion to many, but for those moving towards the 21st century, it is not only viable but necessary — so say the developers at Kulim Hi-Tech Park, who have included what they call “smart practices” and “smart habits” in their definition of an electronic community.

While they agree that there are many electronic communities in Malaysia (namely Bangsar Net), they claim theirs is unique.

“I believe that we must come up with a technology concept, not a technology product, to be viable and successful,” says Mazlee Mohd Ramli, group general manager of Kulim Technology Management (KTM).
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More than just a ‘tech park’

By Anita Devasahayam

MOST high technology parks merely want to be a “technology free trade zone,” but the folks at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park want to go beyond that, and are trying hard to “infuse” technology into the day-to-day lives of the tenants and residents.

There was a time when the park, first introduced in 1989, suffered several setbacks. Kulim Technology Park Corp (KTPC) managing director Ahmad Shukri Tajuddin attributed it to the lack of good infrastructure.

“We resolved all that by December 1994, and now have the best infrastructure any company can dream off — you can just bring your briefcase here, plug in your notebook PC and you’re in business,” he says.
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VLSI Sets Up Wafer Foundry with Local Startup Firm

By Julian Matthews

US semiconductor manufacturer VLSI Technology Inc is teaming up with local startup firm Wafer Technology Malaysia Sdn Bhd to set up a US$1.2 billion wafer foundry at the Kulim High-Tech Industrial Park in Kedah.

To be ready in two years, the plant will manufacture complex logic circuits on 8-inch silicon wafers using 0.35┬Ám CMOS process technology.

Wafer Technology Malaysia chairman Mohamed Saleh Ghazali said the plant, when fully operational, will process 30,000 wafers monthly mainly for export to the United States.
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