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Panasonic expects 10% production cost savings at Kulim plant

Panasonic Energy Malaysia Sdn Bhd will be able to achieve about 10% production cost savings at its RM1.84bil plant in Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP), compared with its other production sites in Japan, the United States and Europe.

Tetsuhiro Maeda, Panasonic Group`s vice-president (solar business for Panasonic energy), said the plant in KHTP would help the group lower the selling price of its solar panels, making them even more competitive in the market.

Construction works on the plant would start this month and it is scheduled to begin operations in December 2012.

Panasonic Energy Malaysia Sdn Bhd will be able to achieve about 10% production cost savings at its RM1.84bil plant in Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP), compared with its other production sites in Japan, the United States and Europe.

Tetsuhiro Maeda, Panasonic Group`s vice-president (solar business for Panasonic energy), said the plant in KHTP would help the group lower the selling price of its solar panels, making them even more competitive in the market.

Construction works on the plant would start this month and it is scheduled to begin operations in December 2012.

Panasonic Energy Invests RM1.84 Billion For Solar Manufacturing Plant In Malaysia

KULIM, March 2 (Bernama) -- Panasonic Energy Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a solar manufacturing company established by Panasonic Corporation, is investing RM1.84 billion for its first fully integrated solar manufacturing base in Malaysia.
Located at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park, the facility will undertake the integrated manufacturing of solar wafers, cells and modules with an estimated annual production capacity of 300 megawatt (MW).
`At our new factory, the entire production process is integrated within a single base. We can reduce costs significantly by cutting down processes and eliminating the transportation process,` Panasonic Group Vice President, Tetsuhiro Maeda said during the groundbreaking ceremony and exchange of land lease agreement here, Friday.
Maeda is in charge of the solar business for Panasonic Energy Company Japan.
Also present at the ceremony was the chairman of Kulim Technology Park Corporation Sdn Bhd, Datuk Ir Amiruddin Hamzah, the president of Energy Company of Panasonic Group, Masato Ito, the Managing Director of Panasonic Asia Pacific, Yorihisa Shiokawa and Managing Director of Panasonic Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Jeff Lee.
Currently, the company`s total global capacity is 600MW from its factories in Japan, Hungary and Mexico.
Construction of the new facility in Kulim will commence immediately with operations starting by December to manufacture Panasonic Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer (HIT) solar modules.
The plant is expected to employ 1,500 people and has a total built-area of 70,000 square meters.
The products manufactured in Kulim will be sold to all over the world, as well as in Japan.
Maeda said for the last three year, solar panel sales had dropped but not its HIT modules.
`With increasing environment awareness globally and the introduction of subsidy systems as well as a Feed-in Tariff scheme in various countries, the solar market is predicted to grow further,` he added.
Due to this, Maeda said robust demand is expected particularly in the residential sector, the main target area for HIT solar modules.
-- BERNAMA

Direct Express builds RM14.5 mln warehouse at Kulim Hi-Tech Park

KULIM: Direct Express (M) Sdn Bhd (Direct Express) is investing RM14.5 million to build a licensed warehouse at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP) here.
The warehouse, covering 31,000 square metre on a 2.5-hectare plot in KHTP, is expected to be ready in September this year.
The ground-breaking ceremony was officiated by the company’s managing director, M. Karupaiya yesterday.
Also present at the event was Kulim Technology Park Corporation (KTPC) president, Muhammad Sobri Othman.
Speaking at a press conference later, Karupaiya said the company planned to provide 60 bonded trucks and 16 prime movers to meet customers’ demand at the park.
“I am happy to say that DB Shenker, the only logistics company at KHTP and that has been in operations since 1995, has agreed to collaborate with us on a win-win basis, to provide services to investors here,” he said.
A retired army warrant officer, Karupaiya, 53, started as a lorry driver and has since built a successful logistics business as a result of his efforts and determination.
Meanwhile, DB Shenker Managing Director, Wolfgang Laabs said Direct Express operations give rise to healthy competition and is beneficial to investors at KHTP.
Earlier in his speech, Muhammad Sobri said KHTP has launched phase four development spanning 160 hectares and is ready to receive bookings. — Bernama

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