Dr. Ong Kian Ming, the Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry, officiated the opening of SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019, an annual gathering of the global electronics manufacturing supply chain, today. Held for the second year in Kuala Lumpur, and fifth time in Malaysia, the showcase with the theme ‘Fostering a Resilient and Growing Electronics Manufacturing Supply Chain in South East Asia’ brings together industry experts from around the world for critical insights into the semiconductor ecosystem, new business opportunities and collaboration.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ajit Manocha, CEO of SEMI said that SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019 underscores the significance of the Electrical and Electronics (E&E) segment’s economic contribution to Malaysia. “The showcase aims to bridge Malaysia’s three important electronics clusters while at the same time, serve as a central connection point to the rest of Southeast Asia’s electronics manufacturing supply chain. With the rapid proliferation of digital technology across a multitude of applications market, Southeast Asia electronics manufacturing especially Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines will continue to expand the semiconductor market share and growth.”
“A strong manufacturing sector would pave the way to enhancing productivity, job creation, innovation capacity, high-skilled talent development and ultimately economic prosperity and societal well-being. Hence, given Malaysia’s strong manufacturing base built over the years and on-going Industry4WRD initiatives, the country is well positioned to be a primary destination for smart manufacturing and a location for more high-tech activities.” said Dr. Ong Kian Ming. He also shared that the approved investments in the electrical and electronics industry by MIDA has increased from RM9.7 billion in 2017 to RM11.2 billion in 2018, which is an encouraging sign despite the slowing global technology cycle and global trade tensions. It is a healthy indication that Malaysia’s economy is moving in the right direction.
"The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is once again pleased to collaborate with SEMI for the organisation of SEMICON SEA 2019 in Malaysia. This year, we have with us 16 companies at the Malaysia Pavilion representing various activities and products in the electronics value chain and ecosystem. We want to connect with more companies and foster strategic collaborations in the tech space. The country is continuously building on its strengths and capitalising on megatrends to move up the value chain. Therefore, Malaysia is indeed a competitive destination for businesses to grow," said Dato' Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA.
SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019 is expected to draw more than 9,000 visitors, an all-time event record, to the new Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC). The three-day event (7-9 May 2019) features three themed pavilions, five global pavilions, inspiring keynote presentations and a host of technology forums to address key trends and issues in the electronics manufacturing supply chain.
For the first time, SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019 will be showcasing a live, fully-fledged smart factory at its Smart Manufacturing Pavilion, allowing delegates to walk through the entire end-to-end microelectronics supply chain. Each component along the smart factory multi-step line will be displayed, virtually and with actual equipment on the floor, from design and materials through front-end patterning, packaging and test to final board and system assembly. There will also be subject matter experts in attendance as well as a unique AR (augmented reality) interactive human-machine interface for delegates to experience.
The showcase will also address the critical industry shortage of skilled workers in the industry at the Workforce & Talent Development Pavilion. A career fair specifically for the E&E industry will be held on 8 & 9 May 2019, with over 200 vacancies by 20 key high technology MNC companies.
At the World of IoT Pavilion, companies from across the region will demonstrate technologies that enable smart lifestyles as start-ups showcase pioneering and disruptive products and applications powered by IoT (Internet-of-Things).
SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019 highlights also include the popular Supplier Search Programme, World of IoT fund pitching and business-matching sessions, industry VIP networking, and the Southeast Asia Investment Forum (SAIF).
SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019 is strongly supported by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia. MyCEB serves as a central hub to assist meeting and event planners to bid and stage international business events in Malaysia and act as a conduit for national product development to all local as well as international organisers. Business events is a catalyst for socio-economic growth and helps to elevate the lives of the professional and local communities in Malaysia.