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Monday, April 09, 2007

09-04-2007: Proton unit to localise automotive dies needs

Automotive dies and moulds designer and manufacturer Miyazu Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Miyazu Malaysia) expects to fully localise the automotive dies requirement for at least one car model within the next five years.

Proton Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamad Tahir said Miyazu Malaysia’s new plant would be able to manufacture and localise over 400 dies annually, and help reduce dependency on foreign expertise in terms of the design, engineering and manufacturing of dies.

Miyazu Malaysia launched its advanced automotive tooling plant on April 7 in Proton City, Tanjong Malim, with an initial investment of RM30 million, while further investments of up to RM100 million are expected in the coming years as the company anticipates future growth of the industry.

“A full-fledged automotive manufacturing company in Malaysia now imports 90% of its tooling requirement, which is equivalent to about RM250 million for every new-model development programme.

“Miyazu Malaysia, as part of the Proton group of companies, targets to reduce this by 60% by 2012. This amounts to up to RM150 million in import substitution with local components, per every new-model development programme,” he said in a statement.

Miyazu Malaysia is a result of a collaboration between Proton, Miyazu Seisakusho (Japan) and Sojitz Corporation, and the launch of its new tooling plant marks Malaysia’s entry into the highly specialised and technology-sensitive industry of designing, engineering and manufacturing of automotive tools.

Its chief operating officer Amrizal Abdul Majid said the company would be working together with the local toolmaker cluster to spur the tools and dies industry in Malaysia.

“Miyazu Malaysia’s position as an anchor Class A large dies and moulds producer will pave the way for the formation of toolmaker clusters. This in turn will result in the creation of an even bigger supporting industry such as casting, hard chroming, machining, production of dies components, logistics and calibration,” he said.

The 3,600 sq metre plant on a 4.2ha site houses state-of-the-art critical tools of design such as art design, engineering machining and finishing facilities to produce the dies and moulds for the production of automobile components such as roof, hood, fender, dashboard, door panels, side panels and other body panels.

Besides Proton, Miyazu Malaysia’s portfolio of clients include Perodua, Toyota, Mazda Japan and Takao Thailand.

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