Photo - Jacques Muller, Global Chief Executive Officer, GUTOR Electronic LLC.
Energy management specialist Schneider Electric's GUTOR has launched its second Malaysian UPS [uninterruptible power supply] manufacturing facility, an investment worth RM10 million [US$3.11 million], as part of a continued expansion of its Asia Pacific headquarters.
"The facility expansion [in Shah Alam] will allow GUTOR to support our client's needs and upscale demands of the market," said GUTOR Electronic Asia Pacific managing director, Denis Schuler.
"We have had a significant growth over the last 15 years," said Schuler. "The last five years of operations indeed has shown tremendous business growth, which increased our customer demand and driven our sales upward. By having the expansion, it will help to keep our high quality standards of our products while increasing production capacity and output."
The company has added 2400 square meters to its production facility to significantly double the production capacity, equivalent to 35 per cent of the total GUTOR production capacity, he said.
This expansion in turn will improve the overall flow of the production processes and support the growing demand of industrial power protection and energy efficiency management solutions, said Schuler.
Malaysia serves as the only regional headquarters with a production facility aside from GUTOR's main headquarters in Switzerland, serving the strategic clients in Malaysia and globally in all markets in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and American regions, he said.
"At Schneider Electric, we want to support the government in helping Malaysians make the most of their energy. As such, we hope that the government will further support the drive for energy efficiency in the country," said Schuler.
The opening ceremony was officiated by YB En Mohd Ridzal Sheriff, deputy secretary general (Trade), Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI); YB Tan Sri Amirsham A. Aziz, chairman, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA); His Excellency Dr Rolf Lenz, Swiss Ambassador to Malaysia; Schneider Electric vice president, secured power systems for industry and infrastructure, Enric Costa; GUTOR Electronics chief executive officer, Jacques Muller; and GUTOR Electronic Asia Pacific managing director, Denis Schuler.
Photo - (Centre) Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Amirsham, Chairman, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA); and (left) Yang Berusaha En Ridzal Sheriff Deputy Secretary General (Trade), Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) applaud GUTOR Electronic for its facility expansion.
Encourage more knowledge transfer
GUTOR Electronic chief executive officer, Jacques Muller, said, "Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility enables GUTOR to not only serve our clients better, but also to encourage knowledge transfer in Malaysia in the coming years. With the expansion, GUTOR will also be able to encourage foreign and domestic businesses to build and expand their investments into Malaysia as well."
GUTOR's Schuler said the company was established in Malaysia in 1998 with a headcount of 10, which has since increased to 160. "Our community provides an industry-savvy workforce that makes Malaysia very attractive to industrial companies. With the new facility ready to run, GUTOR will be able to encourage companies both locally and regionally to keep or expand their businesses and enhance the expertise of their skilled employees to further meet the needs of the businesses and the industry."
"The economic environment in Malaysia right now is attractive and conducive to invest in. GUTOR is exemplary as it showcased another major step forward in to expand trading relationship with Switzerland," said MIDA's Amirsham. "It will create more export growth in Malaysia - something that is at the top of this Malaysia's economic growth plan."
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