PHOTO - Presentation of memento by Robin Martin, Vice President of Intel Corporation's Technology Manufacturing Group (left) to Yang Berhormat Dato Sri Mustapa Mohamed, MITI. Embedded in the memento is Intel's latest microprocessor, representing the production of more than 4 billion microchips by Intel Malaysia.
Technology firm Intel Malaysia has kicked off year-long 40th anniversary celebrations by announcing that it has produced four (4) billion microchips from Malaysia.
During the celebration on March 9 2012, officiated by the Malaysia's minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) YB Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Intel Corporation vice president, technology manufacturing group, Robin Martin also unveiled the 'Ik: I'm In' campaign - a 1000-hour Intel Involved Matching Grant Programme (IIMGP) challenge, which aimed to recognise and motivate Intel employees, globally, to engage in outreach and volunteerism.
"Intel Malaysia has certainly come a very long way from its early days [in 1972] as an assembly plant standing in the middle of a muddy paddy field," said Martin, adding that Intel has invested more than US$4 billion in Malaysia, which was the company's first and largest offshore site, and now employed more than 9,000 Malaysians."
He said Intel Malaysia ran the company's largest Assembly, Test and Manufacturing (ATM) facilities as well as two design centres under the Intel Architecture Group: a Chip Design Centre in Penang and a Board Design Centre in Kulim. "In line with our firm belief that knowledge and innovation are the new currencies of the 21st century, our continuous commitment on helping build an innovation-based economy in Malaysia has been absolute from day one. The production of more than 4 billion microchips from our facilities here in Malaysia is a fitting testament to this commitment."
"In making Malaysia one of its largest home bases in the world for over four decades, Intel Corporation has demonstrated its commitment to the country by establishing its operations in Penang and Kulim as strategic technology innovation centres, focused on transforming Malaysia's economy," said MITI minister Mustapa. "Intel Malaysia is already accelerating the shift towards higher value-added products with high technology and capital-intensive activities. This is in line with the government's vision to create a knowledge-based economy through the transformation and innovation of the manufacturing sector in Malaysia."
Intel Malaysia's operations are currently conducted out of a high-tech campus with more than 10 buildings on Pulau Penang as well as in Kulim, Kedah.
Sign up for MIS Asia eNewsletters.