Perodua has announced that they are investing a total of RM790 million to set up a new company together with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant alongside to their current facility in Rawang. The announcement was made by Perodua Managing Director Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh at a press announcement event held at the Grand Ballroom of The Kuala Lumpur Hilton earlier today.
Datuk Aminar said the 65,000 sq. ft. facility will be able to produce 100,000 vehicles per year on a 1-shift cycle (current facility produces 200,000 units per year on a 2-shift cycle) while opening up to 1,200 job opportunities. The plant will cater processes such as welding, painting and assembling and is expected to kick-off in mid 2014. Perodua have yet to decide on the production models of the new plant.
Meanwhile, the new company, which its corporate name has yet to be decided is expected to start in March next year, tentatively. With a capital of RM200 million, the new company shares the same shareholder ratio with the current Perodua Group.
The plant, which is a part of Perodua’s 5-year strategic roadmap, will feature increased automation of welding process for an improved quality in welding and automatic body accuracy measurement for the welding and body shop. For the painting section, Perodua is looking forward to feature the 3-Wet Waterborne Paint – a latest painting technology used to reduce pollution while maintaining low cost and high quality. Other features include enhanced dust proofing and paint shop quality.
The new plant will absorb the practices and methods coined by Daihatsu as Yokoten, which the current plant will also implement.
Currently, Perodua is holding 28% to 30% market share and this seems like a good move by the company to sustain their position as the market leader in facing the ever-growing market. Surprisingly, Perodua is only targeting 20,000 units of total export count by 2015. With the new plant and the increased production capability, surely Perodua is just being modest.
Perodua to invest RM790 mil on a new manufacturing plant
Kuala Lumpur, 27 Dec: Perodua is investing RM790 million to set up a new company with the state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities adjacent to its existing manufacturing facility in Rawang.
“This new company will be a role model for our existing manufacturing plant. It will have improved systems, new technology, more automation and is environmentally friendly,” Perodua Managing Director Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said.
He elaborated that the new company which will have some 1,200 personnel with a paid up capital of RM200 million. The Perodua group of companies now have 11,000 employees nationwide.
The new plant will be able to produce 100,000 vehicles per annum pn a 1-shift cycle; while the existing plant is able to produce 200,000 units per annum on a 2-shift cycle.
“This new plant is part of our 5-year strategic roadmap to stay competitive in the ever liberalising automotive industry by helping us to be more productive and efficient while at the same time reducing cost,” Aminar said.
“The Perodua Board of Directors have recently approved this investment and the process of obtaining approval from the respective shareholders is still on-going,” he added.