[Press Release] Penang welcomes JHM and QES for the establishment their new manufacturing presence with combined investment of RM190m

[Press Release] Penang welcomes JHM and QES for the establishment their new manufacturing presence with combined investment of RM190m

4 December, 2021

Embargo until 4 Dec 2021, 9:00 MYT

Penang welcomes JHM and QES for the establishment their new manufacturing presence with combined investment of RM190m

Penang, Dec 4, 2021 – Batu Kawan Industrial Park (BKIP) in Penang has clocked in investment projects from two Malaysian companies, namely JHM Consolidation Berhad (JHM) and QES Group Berhad (QES). Diversifying their respective footprints, both companies have chosen Penang as their new manufacturing sites with combined investment value of RM190 million and is poised to generate over 1,100 job opportunities over a 5-year period. Constructions of both projects are expected to complete by 2023. A joint press conference was held in Penang Development Corporation (PDC) for the investment announcements.

Dato’ Tan King Seng, Group CEO of JHM expressed his appreciation to be part of Penang’s robust industrial ecosystem. “With an investment of RM170 million, JHM is setting up a 2-storey facility with 350,000 sq ft build-up area in BKIP. Through this expansion, JHM will broaden the business portfolio to include assembly and test services for telecommunication equipment and devices. In addition, this new facility will cater to JHM’s expansion plans in the automotive lighting industry. Specifically, we are aiming to transform JHM from a module assembler to a tier-1 automotive lighting player, enabling us to provide the full lighting solutions and deal directly with the automotive OEMs.”

Mr. Chew Ne Weng, Group Managing Director of QES said: “We plan on building QES’s second factory in Malaysia, which is located at BKIP. To be named as QES 2 @BKIP, the estimated investment for this project would be around RM20 million, which includes the land, construction, facilities and manpower. Slated to commence construction in the second quarter of 2022, this plant will cater to our expansion in ATE (automated test equipment) manufacturing as well as a new venture in IR4.0 Smart Manufacturing Solutions. This new site is expected to provide 100 new job opportunities in 3 years’ time, including roles for engineers, technicians, administrative and executive personnel.”

The Chief Minister of Penang, Right Honourable Mr. Chow Kon Yeow applauded the companies’ decision to house their manufacturing sites in Penang. “The entrance of JHM and QES is an acknowledgement of the robust industry clusters in Penang. With the strong presence of MNCs, large local companies (LLCs) and auxiliary industries in close proximity to one another, companies that set foot in Penang are able to enjoy far-reaching benefits in terms of operational advantage and increasing penetration into the global supply chain at a cost-efficient manner.”

“Celebrating our 50th anniversary of industrialization journey next year, we are grateful to have existing industry players who stand by us throughout the journey as well as newcomers that instil their trust in the State. Nonetheless, the State is not resting on its laurels. We pledge to be the leader, the enabler and the propeller by continuously spearheading the development of a sustainable ecosystem, including the physical and digital infrastructure, workforce, environment and liveability of Penang, all of which are believed to anchor Penang’s position as a destination of choice for investments,” Chow added.

The joint press conference was also attended by Dato’ Haji Abdul Halim bin Haji Hussain, State Exco for Trade, Industry & Entrepreneur Development, Dato’ Seri Lee Kah Choon, Special Investment Advisor to the Chief Minister of Penang, Dato’ Mohd Bazid bin Haji Abd Kahar, CEO of PDC, Dato’ Loo Lee Lian, CEO of InvestPenang, Mr. Muhammad Ghaddaffi bin Sardar Mohamed, Director of MIDA Penang, Mr. Mohd Faizal Hizam bin Mat Supri, Assistant Director of MIDA Penang, Ms. Low Soo Kim, Finance Director of JHM, Mr. Liew Soo Keang, Executive Director of QES and Mr. Leong Kook Weng, General Manager of QES.


About InvestPenang
InvestPenang is the Penang State Government’s principal agency for promotion of investment. Its objectives are to develop and sustain Penang’s economy by enhancing and continuously supporting business activities in the State through foreign and local investments, including spawning viable new growth centres. To realize its objectives, InvestPenang also runs initiatives like the SMART Penang Centre (providing assistance to SMEs), Penang CAT Centre (for talent attraction and retention) and i4.0 seed fund (a catalyst for the startup ecosystem).

About Penang Development Corporation
The Penang Development Corporation (PDC) was established in 1969 as the leading development agency for the Penang State Government. PDC has been tasked to spearhead the socio-economic growth, create employment opportunities and improve the quality of life in Penang. PDC’s main activities include the development of industrial parks, townships and affordable housing. Since its inception, PDC’s strategies in industrial and housing development have enabled Penang to position itself as a leading industrial, tourism and services hub in the region.

About JHM Consolidation Berhad
Founded in 2005, JHM is an Electronics & Mechanical Manufacturing Services solutions provider delivering customized solutions to various sectors such as automotive, industrial, aerospace and medical devices sectors. JHM is primarily engaged in the design, product development, manufacture and assembly of Automotive Level 2 LED Lighting modules. JHM also provides one-stop solution, including high-speed tooling design, fabrication and production for microelectronic components, sheet metal fabrication and value-added electro-mechanical assembly for semiconductors and telecommunication as well as manufacturing of precision mechanical parts, die casting, moulding of precision plastic lenses and modular assembly.

About QES Group Berhad
Founded in 1991, QES specialises in manufacturing, distribution and provision of engineering services for inspection, test, measuring, analytical and automated handling equipment. QES Group of companies has since grown into a leading integrated solution provider with manufacturing capability. The Group has 2 core business divisions, namely Distribution Division (distribution of scientific-analytical instruments and material business of semiconductor test & assembly) and Manufacturing Division (assembly and testing of high-precision motion-controlled equipment that integrates with various types of inspection and measurement sensors).

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