The past few decades has seen the Electrical and Electronics (E&E) industry being a prime mover of the Malaysian economy, providing a critical component of GDP, attracting foreign investment and creating employment. As a result, the E&E NKEA has taken vital steps to move the industry up the value chain to enhance its competitiveness in the global market, while protecting the industry from disruptive events that may impact its performance.
This resulted in E&E 2.0 – a new roadmap for the E&E NKEA which re-clustered the current EPPs and introduced four new EPPs. E&E 2.0 is geared towards encouraging local players to move away from manufacturing and up the value chain into design, assembly and packaging, and ultimately become total solutions providers.
In turn, this will lead to the creation of high-income jobs, higher GDP and GNI, and increased FDI thus driving Malaysia towards it 2020 targets. The four new projects under E&E 2.0 are: 1) Development of Balance Systems for Solar Photovoltaics (PV), Growing the Embedded Systems Industry, 3) Enabling Electric Vehicle Component Manufacturing and 4) Supporting Regional Rail MRO Services via Electrical and Electronics Component Manufacturing.
Additionally, under EPP 11, National Instrument in collaboration with the Government has set up a shared-service lab facility at Technology Park Malaysia.
This shared facility allows local companies to utilise the facilities for design and development as well as a training hub for engineers to obtain and upgrade their proficiency. Meanwhile, the National Instruments Academy & Innovation Nucleus, a work-in-progress, aims to nurture innovation, develop the local talent pool and promote intellectual property rights creation in the local SME community.