Sony ready to expand operations to Melaka
Published on: Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Kuala Lumpur: Electronic giant, Sony Semiconductor Corporation, is ready to expand its operations to Melaka, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.The readiness was expressed by Sony Kagoshima President, Yamaguchi Kazuhisa, after Ali Rustam made the suggestion during a meeting at the president's office in Kagoshima prefecture, Japan, Tuesday.

"Sony will give an official reply soon. We will be elated if this becomes a reality, as it will also increase employment opportunities for the people and further develop the state economy," he said in a statement issued to Bernama from Japan Tuesday.

Sony currently operates component and audio visual manufacturing plants in Prai, Penang, and Bangi, Selangor.

According to information released during the meeting, Sony which is represented worldwide, rakes in an estimated turnover of 253.7 billion yen annually and has 61,000 employees.

Ali Rustam, who is leading a delegation on a three-day working visit to the Kagoshima prefecture, said Melaka was not a new investment destination for Japanese multinational companies as there were already 22 Japanese companies operating in the state including Honda, Minolta, Konica, Ohara Disc and Panasonic.

Prior to visiting Sony, the delegation also visited the Shikine solid waste disposal centre to study the technology used, the world's largest vinegar manufacturing plant and the Sekibira mineral water manufacturer.

Later, Ali Rustam will visit a seafood research and development institute in Higashimaru and depart for Nagoya tomorrow to visit the Honda plant.

He is scheduled to return home on Thursday. - Bernama


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