KUCHING, April 16 — The Samajaya High Tech Park at Muara Tabuan here has attracted investments exceeding RM12 billion, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said today.
He said among the multinational corporations (MNCs) which have set up their operational bases at the high tech park were X-FAB Silicon Foundries, Taiyo Yuden Co Ltd, Western Digital Corporation, Toko Inc, and LONGi Silicon Materials Corp, in all employing some 10,800 Sarawakians.
“The total exports from the high tech park reached RM3.2 billion last year and is expected to hit the RM4.5 billion mark by end of the year when LONGi goes into full production,” he said at the opening of the LONGi Kuching facility by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg.
LONGi, which invested some RM1.3bil at the high tech park two years ago, produces mono crystalline silicon ingots, wafers, cells and modules.
Awang Tengah, who is also the state minister of industrial and entrepreneurial development, said some of the products from Samajaya are found in global brands such as Apple, Samsung and BMW.
“For instance, approximately 1,000 pieces of Multi-layer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC) are mounted in one unit of smartphone such as the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.
“In that smartphone, 30 per cent of the MLCC are supplied by the Taiyo Yuden Group worldwide, in which 15 per cent are manufactured here,” he said.
He said another MNC, Iljin Materials Co Ltd from South Korea, will also set up its operational base at the high tech park.
“The company will invest RM2.2 billion in its facility at the high tech park that will produce copper foil for batteries used in smartphones and electric vehicles,” he added.
Awang Tengah said the state government, through the ministry of industrial and entrepreneurial development, will continue to enhance the high tech park and equip it with more modern facilities and amenities.
“We hope to transform this high tech park into a smart industrial park and become a catalyst for industries to move towards Industry 4.0, in line with Sarawak Digital Economy Initiative,” he said.