MALAYSIA: An estimated 6,000 personnel will be hired when AT&S, a European manufacturer of high-end printed circuit boards and integrated circuit substrates, opens its state-of-the-art factory at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Kedah, the first in Southeast Asia.
“AT&S brings the latest generation of high-end technologies to Malaysia and will establish a completely new technology sector in one of the future global microelectronic hotspots. In addition to manufacturing high-tech products, extensive research and development activities will also be conducted at this new site,” said AT&S chief operating office Ingolf Schroeder.
The plan would require the employment of highly qualified human resources such as specialists, managers, electronic, mechanical, and chemical engineers, and business managers.
AT&S’ new production compound has a proposed total phase one investment of RM8.5 billion (USD2 billion). The commercial operations are set to begin in 2024.
AT&S chief executive officer Andreas Gerstenmayer said, “Already today, Malaysia is an important hub for the chip supply chain. We are convinced that Malaysia can further strengthen its position as a technology country and will develop its position in the region as a high-tech manufacturing hub in Asia.”