Malaysian Automation Technology Association Business Visit

Automation and E&E industrialists on Iskandar Malaysia investment mission
Toured Frontier Industrial Park & attended dinner graced by State Exco Member â€" 1st July 2015

Johor Bahru, July 2015 - Frontier Industrial Park at Desa Cemerlang here recently played host to a delegation of 27 businessmen from the automation and electrical and electronics sectors who were on a mission to seek investment and trading opportunities in Iskandar Malaysia.

Frontier was chosen by the organisers of the mission as it has earned the accolade of being the new benchmark for industrial development in Johor, as announced by Menteri Besar Dato’ Mohamed Khaled Nordin when he launched the project last year.

The visitors are members of Malaysian Automation Technology Association (MATA) and The Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia (TEEAM) who will be taking part in an oil and gas exhibition called Integrated Petroleum Metropolis (IPM) Expo to be held here in October.

The mission is arranged by IPM Expo organisers, Antara Exhibitions Sdn Bhd and Sphere Exhibits Malaysia Sdn Bhd in collaboration with the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Malaysian Industrial Development Authority and the State Government of Johor.

Among the companies represented were Omron Electronics, Schneider Electric Industries, Henikwon Corporation and Watt Euro-Drive. The delegates also attended a dinner graced by Datuk Ir. Hasni Mohammad, chairman of Johor State Public Work, Rural and Regional Development Committee.

At Frontier Industrial Park, they were briefed by MIDA director Rozano Yahaya on the various Government incentives that they could be eligible for.

WB Land head of marketing Kevin Woon later took the visitors on a brief tour of the park which boasts of being the only gated, guarded and green factories in Desa Cemerlang. In addition, Frontier is also high speed broadband ready in collaboration with Redtone.

On the influx of foreign investors into the region, Kevin attributed this largely to Singapore’s ability to attract multinationals (MNCs). “MNCs are continuously attracted to our next door neighbour where the extensive network of buyers and sellers there creates an effective marketplace for global traders to structure their deals,” he said.

“Singapore’s proximity to Johor is an added advantage for MNCs seeking a lower cost base. As such, it turns out that Iskandar and Singapore are the excellent twin attraction for industries.”

“For the US, Malaysia is seen as the gateway to south-east Asia and a poll by McKinsey identified that 91% of US businesses were expected to make more investment and trade in this region post AEC-2015,” he added, referring to the Asean Economic Community.

With 136 acres of 92 gated and eco-friendly semi-detached and detached factories, Frontier houses the concept of practicality under one green and guarded zone, complete with a two-acre central park, dormitory and broadband ready.

Strategically located at Desa Cemerlang, within Iskandar Malaysia, Frontier provides easy access to Johor Port, Woodlands Checkpoint and Senai Airport, all of which are within 30 minutes of travelling time.

On the potential of oil and gas trading and investments, he said Johor, especially in Pengerang, will take Malaysia to the next level as Petronas itself was investing billions there – almost twice the amount spent on the Klang Valley’s Mass Rapid Transit project.

Due to rising land, labor and operational costs, companies are relocating to Iskandar Malaysia’s one stop solution that offers low cost and low risk locations. Surrounding Frontier are established infrastructures such as road networks, amenities, residential, industrial and a vibrant commercial hub.

IPM Expo 2015 will be held on 26 to 28 October at the Persada Johor International Convention Centre which will see the relevant bodies and association offer solutions for Water and Environment management technology, infrastructure and utilities and sustainable development and renewable energy technologies.