Kuala Lumpur, 23 February 2021 – German optical sensor producers, Leuze electronic GmbH + Co KG, has selected Malaysia for its first production plant in Southeast Asia. The new plant in Melaka is currently under rapid construction phase and is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2022.
Dato’ Azman Mahmud, CEO of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), congratulated Leuze on their significant move to Malaysia for the business expansion. This decision speaks volumes of the confidence Leuze has in Malaysia.
Dato’ Azman reiterated, “Malaysia has a mature and diverse ecosystem for the rapid development of sensor applications in the electronics industry. The milestone of Leuze’s activities in Malaysia is definitely in line with the government’s aspirations to transform Malaysia into a high technology and knowledge-based economy. A new era of electronics is emerging globally and MIDA is in the forefront of the technologies, as Leuze will bring in frontier sensor products and new technology into the country.”
The project will be Leuze’s first production facility in the ASEAN region and second in Asia, after the opening of its factory in Shenzhen, China in 2006. The company has more than 1,200 employees in 21 subsidiaries in the development, production, sales and services segmentations worldwide. More than 40 distributors are actively servicing Leuze’s five existing production plants and soon, the upcoming plant in Melaka.
According to Sebastian Raible, Director of Global Projects Operations and Project Manager of Leuze’s construction project in Malaysia, “Melaka plant will primarily produce sensors for the lucrative market in Asia. The new production site will operate as Leuze Electronic Malaysia Sdn Bhd and will be a 100 per cent subsidiary of Leuze, Germany. The plant is being constructed on a site area spanning over 17,000 square metres. The first building stage of the plant is estimated to be completed by the first quarter of 2022. Besides some minor impacts in the construction works due to the MCO, the project runs as planned and the pilings as well as the groundwork are in process at the moment. With the great support of the local authorities in Melaka, Leuze expects no further impacts on the construction project.”
He added, “One reason in selecting Melaka for the new Leuze production site is because of the excellent talent pool in the region. The well-established universities in Melaka as well as the thriving electronic industry played important roles in the site selection process.”
“With a total usable floor space just below 7,000 square metres in the first expansion phase, the new Leuze plant targets a demand of 150 to 200 qualified employees,” said Jochen Wimmer, CEO of the Leuze Group.
“In the medium term, Leuze is also targeting for future partnerships with the local universities. With the support of MIDA, Leuze has successfully started hiring local graduates in engineering positions, in line to provide adequate training to the young talents prior to starting the production”, explained Jochen Wimmer.
– Construction+ Online