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ATE Makers and ESG

In layman’s terms, automated test equipment (ATE) systems are designed to not only reduce the amount of test time needed to verify that a particular semiconductor device or high-tech gear works, but also to prevent the defective ones from reaching end-users. As investors focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices adopted by investee companies […]

The Rise of Test Equipment Giants amid Tech Boom

Over the past few decades, the Malaysian semiconductor scene has largely been dominated by the labour-intensive outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) companies. Companies like Inari Amertron Bhd, Malaysian Pacific Industries Bhd (MPI), Unisem (M) Bhd, Globetronics Technology Bhd and KESM Industries Bhd were established to provide outsourced services such as assembly, packaging and testing […]

Newly-setup Penang Covid-19 Call Centre Begins Operation

Sep 15 – The Penang Covid-19 Call Centre has officially started operating today and can by reached by calling the careline number at 04-2618000. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said at the moment, the call centre would operate daily, including Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 5pm. He added that the operation hours would be […]

[Press Release] Strengthen Coordination with the Federal government in Covid-19 Measures

PRESS STATEMENT For Immediate Release Penang, Sept 15, 2021 – The path to battling the Covid-19 virus is still far from over, however a zero-tolerance approach may not be a tenable solution. Higher inoculation rates, coupled with agile health protocols that accommodate the latest developments, as well as elevated efforts in testing and tracing, could […]

Tech: RM508mil Investment in Penang by South Korea’s Simmtech to Give Local Equipment Players A Boost

SOUTH Korea-based semiconductor company Simmtech Holdings Co Ltd’s decision to make a greenfield investment in Penang bodes well for Malaysian equipment vendors and automation houses. On July 30, Simmtech — one of the world’s largest players in printed circuit board (PCB) and packaging substrate for the semiconductor industry — announced that it had chosen an […]

Employers to be Supplied with Covid-19 Test Kits, Says Human Resources Minister

Sep 6 – Employers will be supplied with Covid-19 test kits in an initiative to contain the spread of the virus at workplaces, says Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan. The initiative – known as Recovery Phase Covid-19 screening programme – kicks off on Monday (Sept 6) following the reopening of more economic sectors […]

Covid-19 Best Practice Measures by Penang State Government & CREST

Sep 6 – The Penang State Government welcomes the initiative by Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) to introduce access to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) from CREST member companies and a consolidated Covid-19 Management Best Practice SOP, with the aim of assisting small medium enterprises (SMEs) in the state to operate safely and […]

Medical Device Business the Next Big Thing for Pentamaster

PENANG-based semiconductor equipment vendor and automation house Pentamaster Corp Bhd is the latest company to embark on the diversification route to increase its revenue streams and generate sustainable earnings growth. While its peers ViTrox Corp Bhd and MI Technovation Bhd have gone into precision smart farming and semiconductor materials business respectively, Pentamaster is venturing into […]