In the global semiconductor value chain, Malaysia has always been a global center for testing and assembling – and no-one knows that better than Intel Corporation. Intel has been in the Southeast Asian nation for the last 51 years, with Malaysia opening Intel’s first international manufacturing facility in 1972.
Tesla’s Model Y has made it into Malaysia – according to reports priced at about RM 200,000 (S$88,000). The cars are still assembled in China for obvious reasons. However, manufacturing may shift to Malaysia in due course.
Singaporean electric scooter company Scorpio Electric has contracted China’s BYD group to assemble its first product, the X1, in Shenzhen.
Thailand may have earned its position as the world’s largest automotive manufacturer. While it tries to gain in on electric vehicles (EV), the country has yet to strike a delicate balance between profitability and costs.
The country earns global factory status but fears it will remain an ‘assembly platform’.
Zhoushan, China: Boeing’s first plant in China will aim to deliver 100 Boeing 737 planes a year, after construction is completed in 2018. The plant, developed jointly with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, will employ around 2,000 workers.
Automotive manufacturers are under great pressure to develop vehicles which are due to go into production from now to 2020. A panel of experts weigh in with their thoughts on how additive manufacturing could contribute to the automotive industry.