US firm Porex boosts in­vest­ments in Malaysia

New Straits Times - - BUSINESS -

SHAH ALAM: United States­based Porex Corp has com­mit­ted to in­creas­ing in­vest­ments in Malaysia as it sees de­mand in the re­gion grow­ing at a fast rate.

Porex, a unit un­der Fil­tra­tion Group, has re­cently dou­bled its foot­print in Malaysia, its Asia Pa­cific ex­port hub, fol­low­ing the open­ing of a new cus­tomer and com­mer­cial cen­tre and the ex­pan­sion of its man­u­fac­tur­ing plant.

Porex chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and Fil­tra­tion Group pres­i­dent of Life Sciences Jon Pea­cock said: “We are us­ing the base in Malaysia to ful­fil de­mand not only in South­east Asia, but also glob­ally. About half of what is man­u­fac­tured here is go­ing some­where out­side Asia.”

“The pri­mary rea­son we picked Malaysia is be­cause the coun­try is busi­ness-friendly, par­tic­u­larly to ex­porters. The ex­ist­ing poli­cies are pos­i­tive for us as an ex­porter,” he said in an in­ter­view re­cently.

Pea­cock said Malaysia pro­vided ac­cess to a large pool of highly ed­u­cated hu­man cap­i­tal.

“We have a need for skilled tal­ents, par­tic­u­larly en­gi­neers and sci­en­tists, and this is a per­fect place for us,” he said.

Pea­cock said the ex­pan­sion en­abled Porex to work closely with cus­tomers in the re­gion, help­ing them to over­come prod­uct de­vel­op­ment chal­lenges to cre­ate ex­cit­ing and novel prod­ucts.

The com­pany’s new cus­tomer and com­mer­cial cen­tre would focus on pro­vid­ing com­mer­cial, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, mar­ket­ing and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment engi­neer­ing ser­vices to cus­tomers in Asia, par­tic­u­larly China, Ja­pan and South Korea, he added.

“The 40 per cent in­crease in op­er­a­tional floor space will en­able Porex to scale up pro­duc­tion of its unique fi­bre lines to bet­ter serve cus­tomers lo­cally and glob­ally, in ad­di­tion to its al­ready es­tab­lished sin­tered par­ti­cles lines. We an­tic­i­pate ex­pand­ing staff to re­spond to new de­sign trends more quickly and thor­oughly,” said Pea­cock.

PIC BY OWEE AH CHUN

Porex Tech­nolo­gies Sdn Bhd man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Cheh Kah Mun (right) and Porex Corp chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jon Pea­cock at the of­fi­cial open­ing of Porex Fiber Tech­nolo­gies Sdn Bhd re­cently.

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