THIS year has so far been momentous for many industry giants in Penang as the state celebrates its 50 years of industrialisation.
Joining the list tonight was Motorola Solutions Malaysia as they marked their 50 years of excellence in Malaysia in attendance of thousands of employees, Federal and state agency representatives in a vibrant, celebratory mood.
Motorola Solutions established its first-ever semiconductor operations outside of North America; in Kuala Lumpur in 1972.
Later, Penang was chosen as the next destination for the company’s manufacturing facility as well as research and development operations.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said it was Motorola’s belief in the state that this strategic partnership has been instrumental in growing the Malaysian electrical and electronics ecosystem with a strong local presence and established partnerships to achieve best-in-class supply chain management.
“I am pleased to note that not only has the Penang operations become one of the largest fully integrated sites for Motorola Solutions worldwide but the Penang research and development centre is also supported by a solid base of local Malaysian knowledge workforce of over 98%.
“They are all working on leading-edge mission-critical technologies and boasted many globally recognised technologists.
“Penang’s reputation as having a robust industrial ecosystem and as a state that punches way above its weight, is a collective success.
“In last week’s tabling of the state Budget for 2023, I had the honour of informing the State Legislative Assembly that Penang has recorded a 6.8% growth rate, the highest among the other states in Malaysia.
“We maintained our leading position in contributing 33.2% of the country’s export value as of September 2022. In addition, the electrical and electronics sector contributed the highest export value at RM32.7 billion as of June 2022.
“These figures are a strong testament that the state is on the right track towards prosperity and progress.
“We have much to look forward to in welcoming more vibrant economic growth and employment opportunities for Penangites and Malaysians in general.
“Though industry players continue to outpace each other in achieving momentous advances in technology, I am happy to note that Motorola Solutions Malaysia has consistently been on the frontline of this progress,” Chow said in his speech during Motorola Solution Malaysia’s 50th-anniversary dinner at Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Bayan Lepas today.
Also present during the dinner were special investment adviser to the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Lee Kah Choon, Motorola Solutions Inc corporate vice-president (devices) Thao Tang, Motorola Solutions Inc corporate vice-president (supply chain and procurement) Chad Werkema and Motorola Solutions Malaysia vice-president and managing director Solomon Lorthu.
Story by Kevin Vimal
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