Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Daihatsu Perodua Engine Manufacturing Sdn Bhd officially opens its new plant in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan

Daihatsu Perodua Engine Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (DPEM) has officially opened its new RM500 million joint venture plant in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan.  This new facility is the second significant investment made by Daihatsu after their transmission manufacturing facility, Akashi Kikai Industry (M) Sdn Bhd, in Senawang began operations in July 2015.


The DPEM facility has a land area of 35 acres, a plant area of 5 acres. It has 202 staff, complete with facilities such as prayer room, canteen, locker rooms and hostel. It has started operations in May 2016 and so far .DPEM has secured two (2) OEMs for its products and is currently looking for more manufacturers to supply engine components to. 

This new setup complements the Akashi Kikai factory, which supplies Perodua with Electronic Automatic Transmission as well as manual transmission for the Axia and Bezza. So this one suppliers engine parts to the two models mentioned also.

Just as I was mentioning about foreign investments into the country in the automotive sector Perodua opens a plant. I think there is some hope for the automotive sector in Malaysia in terms of parts manufacturing for the ASEAN region. I do like the fact that this facility has created over 200 jobs for Malaysians. I do like the fact that the 200 jobs are located in rural Negeri Sembilan as this will help prevent migration from the smaller towns to the larger cities. 
YAB Datuk Seri Utama Haji Mohamad Haji Hasan, Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan (center) having a closer look to the engine block manufactured by Daihatsu Perodua Engine Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (DPEM) after the launch gambit ceremony. Also in the picture are (from left) YBhg Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin, Chairman of DPEM, Mr Koji Miyake, Managing Director of DPEM, Mr. Hiroyuki Yokoyama, Vice Executive President Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd and YBhg Datuk (Dr) Aminar Rashid Salleh, President & CEO of Perodua


 Mr Koji Miyake, Managing Director of DPEM (left) giving an explanation about the engine produced at the facility to YAB Datuk Seri Utama Haji Mohamad Haji Hasan, Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan. Also in the picture is YBhg Datuk Abdul Rahim Halim, Board of Director DPEM.

PRESS RELEASE
RM500 million Daihatsu Perodua Engine Manufacturing Plant officially opens

YAB Datuk Seri Utama Haji Mohamad Haji Hasan, Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan (center) signing a plaque as a symbolic of the opening of DPEM witnessed by YBhg Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin, Chairman of DPEM (left) and Mr. Hiroyuki Yokoyama, Vice Executive President Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd (right)

Sendayan, 8 Nov: Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd., and Perodua’s latest RM500 million

investment joint venture, the Daihatsu Perodua Engine Manufacturing Sdn Bhd

(DPEM) was officially opened here today, signifying a new era of engine

manufacturing capabilities for both organisations in the country.

The engine manufacturing facility is the second significant investment made by

Daihatsu in Sendayan after building a transmission plant, Akashi Kikai Industry (M)

Sdn Bhd, adjacent to the facility with the objective of setting up a powertrain

production hub in the country.

“With both DPEM and Akashi Kikai now online, we are able to offer a comprehensive

engine component solution to other (automotive) original equipment manufacturers

(OEM),” DPEM Chairman, YBhg Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin said.

The plant was launched by the Negeri Sembilan Chief Minister YAB Dato’ Seri

Utama Haji Mohamad Haji Hasan at a simple ceremony at the DPEM plant here

today.

Also present was Perodua President & CEO, YBhg Datuk (Dr) Aminar Rashid

Salleh, Executive Vice President of Daihatsu Co. Ltd, Mr Hiroyuki Yokoyama and

Managing Director of DPEM Sdn Bhd, Mr Koji Miyake.

Asmat said so far, DPEM secured two (2) OEMs for its products and is currently

looking for more manufacturers to supply engine components to.

Akashi Kikai was launched in July 2015 and provides Perodua with Electronic

Automatic Transmission as well as manual transmission for the Axia and Bezza;

while DPEM, which began operations in May this year supply engine components for

the Bezza.

Asmat said that DPEM and Akashi Kikai were established to reap the opportunities

arising from a fully liberalised automotive market by offering high quality engine

components at competitive prices.

“With full liberalisation of the automotive industry imminent; it makes sense to tap

into the potential for growth within the ASEAN region where most of the economies

located here are looking to flourish over the next few decades.

“For now, we are focused in making the right first steps; of preparation and

improvements and hopefully we will see the returns in a relatively acceptable

timeframe,” he said.

In his opening speech, Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mohamad said the initiative to attract

investors is greatly welcome as the capital injected in this location would have a

multiplier effect to the state as it will also promote an economic eco-system on its

own.

“This investment came just in time as the government – both on state level and

federal level – is looking to further diversify the country’s income: in line with the right

honourable Prime Minister’s call to reduce dependency on oil industry.

“The best option is to move towards attracting companies that offer cutting edge

technology which will ultimately give added value to the economy,” he said.

The engine plant has a land area of 35 acres, a plant area of 5 acres with consist of

202 workers, complete with facilities such as prayer room, canteen, locker rooms

and hostel for those who are required.

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