Home-Grown Machinery Halves CostContract
manufacturers in Malaysia are expected to enjoy cost savings of more than
50% with the set up of two local manufacturers of computer numerically
controlled (CNC) machines. In the electronics industry, CNC machines are
used mainly for drilling and routing of PCBs and other materials. The high
cost of such machinery had in the past prevented many supporting
industries from carrying out full automation.
Malaysia (TPM) embarked on an ambitious RM100 million plan to make 30 CNC
machines a month to cater to the local demand for such equipment. TPM
currently produces 15 CNC units a month. According to company CEO Datuk
Mohamad Salleh Ismail, TPM has partnered with Japan's Yamazaki Mazak Corp,
one of the world biggest CNC machine manufacturers, for making the
machinery. He said TPM's target is to build and assemble CNC machines with
at least 90% local component content. "60% of the components are sourced
locally and of that, 45% is locally made. We buy the 15% balance from
local suppliers," he added.
The Master CNC 10HVA machine from TPM
will be sold for between RM120,000 and RM200,000 per unit, which is less
than half the price of imported models.
Also pioneering CNC manufacturing is Ipoh-based
Numac Machine Tooling. The three-year old company has tied up with
Austria-based Emco Maier GmbH to manufacture a specific range of equipment
for the Asia-Pacific market.
Numac's managing director Kim Goh said
that 60% of the components used for the final product were made in house.
The use of local components brought manufacturing costs down by
by Anita Devasahayam
(May 2003 Issue, Nikkei
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