Press Release

30th October 2017 - ViTrox and NationGate Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony

KUALA LUMPUR, October 30 – The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between ViTrox Corporation Berhad and NationGate Solutions (M) Sdn. Bhd was held on 30th October 2017 at Malaysia Industry Development Authority (MIDA) Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mr. Chu Jenn Weng, President and CEO of ViTrox Corporation Berhad, Mr. Foong Chee Leong, Business Development Director of NationGate Solutions (M) Sdn. Bhd signed the MOU and was witnessed by Yang Berhormat Dato' Sri Mustapa bin Mohammed, Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and Yang Berbahagia Dato' Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Industry Development Authority (MIDA).

The MOU highlights the collaboration between ViTrox and NationGate on the implementation of ViTrox's V-ONE Smart Manufacturing software at the SMT line in NationGate. The implementation of V-ONE will improve real-time information for all critical SMT machines for analysis and preventive maintenance. The implementation is also targeted to achieve at least 30% downtime improvement through the adoption of V-ONE.

During the implementation period, ViTrox and NationGate will exchange information and share best practices and benchmarking information knowledge as well as enhancements and expertise in relation to the adoption of V-ONE Smart Manufacturing Platform, with the aim to further improve the performance of V-ONE and move the entire operation closer to Industrial 4.0 environment.

Penang Automation Cluster Sdn. Bhd (PAC) Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony with 3 SMEs (Allstar, Mercury, Hock Tech)

The second session of MOU signing ceremony was conducted between Penang Automation Cluster Sdn. Bhd. (PAC) and 3 SMEs namely Allstar Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd, Mercury Precision Components Sdn. Bhd and Hock Tech Engineering Work. The signing was participated among Mr. Chuah Choon Bin, Director of PAC, Mr. Goh Kheng Sneah, Director of PAC, Mr. Lim Wei Yee, Operation Director of PAC with Mr. Lee Jack Son, Managing Director of Allstar Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd, Mr. Philip Vincent, Managing Director of Mercury Precision Components Sdn. Bhd and Mr. Ooi Teik Wei, Director of Hock Tech Engineering Works.

The purpose of this MOU is to enable PAC to understand more about the fabrication set-up by the SMEs to facilitate the structural and operational design of the SME cluster building. The linking of these SMEs will further enhance the exchange of information with PAC, to share the best practices and benchmarking information knowledge, tools, equipment as well as expertise in relation to machining fabrication. Apart from wider range of information opportunities, this partnership also allows exchange of ideas in developing an Industrial 4.0 smart manufacturing operation within the cluster premise of SMEs.

PAC’s principal activities are providing Technological Design, Research, Value Added Engineering Development, Metrology Shared Services, 3-D prototyping, Smart Manufacturing System and Technical Training to the Automation Cluster Companies specialized in the area of Design, Development and Manufacture of high precision metal fabrication components, modules and systems for semiconductor, electronics, automotive, aerospace and other high growth industries in the region.

Nevertheless, carrying out common projects of interest in the promotion of PAC Cluster, will further support and enhance the development of existing supply chain ecosystem of the industries and services in the state, primarily those in semiconductor, electronic and electrical, medical devices, LEDs and avionics segments.

The cluster is expected to be achieving a total Large Local Companies’ (LLC's) Revenue of RM980 million by 2021 and the spillover effect to the 18 SMEs in the cluster estimated will be more than RM118 million.

Corporate Profile - Penang Automation Cluster Sdn. Bhd.

In early February 2017, ViTrox Corporation Berhad (ViTrox), Pentamaster Technology (M) Sdn Bhd (Pentamaster) and Walta Engineering Sdn Bhd (Walta Engineering) announced its joint venture partnership, known as Penang Automation Cluster Sdn. Bhd. (PAC) to create the first world-class SME precision metal fabrication cluster zone of its kind in Malaysia as a one-stop metal parts supply chain hub for local Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), Local Large Companies (LLC) and Multinational Corporations (MNC).

The first phase of the cluster will be developed on a 5-acre land, resides within the SME Village. The first phase will consist linking of factories catered for 18 SMEs specialized in fabrication, tooling, machining, finishing and quality control, with factories of size between 7,000 to 10,500 sq. ft. each. It will also encompass an integrated factory concept with lean manufacturing system, shared service and gated facilities.

The SME cluster is aimed to expand local SME capabilities to meet the world-class standard to support the higher value chain ecosystem championed by LLCs and MNCs. Its collaborative effort also serves as one of the key success factors to attract high impact foreign direct investment (FDI) and to support the long-term economic growth of various technology sectors and industries in Penang and Malaysia, particularly the semiconductors, electronics, aerospace, medical device and automation industry.

ViTrox, Pentamaster and Walta Engineering will also be expanding their operations to the Batu Kawan Industrial Park with a total RM220 million investments. ViTrox will be investing RM120 million on a new ViTrox Campus 2.0, Pentamaster and Walta will also each invest RM50 million on their new facilities at Batu Kawan Industrial Park.

The formation of PAC is to support the local SMEs and to base the SMEs within SME Village in Batu Kawan Industrial Park. PAC will build 18 units for 18 SME cluster companies in the SME village complete with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. With 18 SMEs cluster companies based in PAC, it will attract more MNCs to invest in Penang as they will be able get access to a world-class metal component supply chain.