The Malaysian automotive industry is set to be transformed with the revamp of the National Automotive Policy in 2014 given the renewed focused on strengthening the automotive supply chain for high-value component manufacturing. The introduction of an attractive tax regime will enable Malaysia to gain competitive advantage from the ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Industrial Cooperation initiatives.
The automotive sector in ECER is well-established, with HICOM Automotive Manufacturing Malaysia (HAMM) as one of the leading contract manufacturers for Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen located within the Pekan Automotive Park, Pahang. The Park also houses multiple OEM parts suppliers, making it an established supply chain network.
With ECER’s logistics connectivity and established supply chain, it holds attractive business opportunities for vehicle manufacturers as well as OEM parts manufacturers and service providers to set up their presence in ECER in the following areas;
- Integrated car manufacturing and assembly
- High-value component manufacturing i.e. EEV (energy efficient vehicles), body & interior, powertrain, electrical & electronics.
- Procurement, distribution and warehousing centre for vehicle spare parts and components
Feature Players in the Sector
HICOM AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURER (MALAYSIA) SDN. BHD, SHAH ALAM, SELANGOR
Since 1983, part of the DRB-Hicom Berhad, has been established in Pekan. Joint-venture and contract manufacturer for foreign automotive companies such as Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Fuso and Isuzu for the assembly of passenger and light commercial vehicles.
YANFENG (previously known as Johnson Controls), SHANGHAI, CHINA
Headquartered in Shanghai, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is the world’s leading supplier of instrument panels and cockpit systems, door panels, floor consoles and overhead consoles.
DEFTECH, SHAH ALAM, SELANGOR
DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn. Bhd. (DEFTECH) is a premier defence company that sets the standard in designing, developing, manufacturing and supplying armoured and logistics vehicles for both military and homeland security use. DEFTECH is also the preferred supplier for specialised vehicles and commercial busses. The Company is synonymous with excellent land systems maintenance repair and overhaul capabilities, and recently extended its range into the domains of aerospace, composite structures, unmanned systems and system integration. Produces Military Vehicle RG34, DefTech AV8, AV4, ACV-300 and HICOM Handalan Trucks.
ZF CHASSIS SYSTEMS, PADANG SERAI, KEDAH
ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company has a global workforce of around 137,000 spread across approximately 230 locations in some 40 countries. In 2016, ZF achieved sales of €35.2 billion. ZF annually invests about six percent of its sales in research and development – ensuring continued success through the design and engineering of innovative technologies. ZF is one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide. ZF Chassis Systems Sdn Bhd in Pekan produces chassis systems for the German vehicle producers in Pekan.
AFI BRAKE MANUFACTURING SDN. BHD., KUALA TERENGGANU, TERENGGANU
AFI BRAKE MANUFACTURING SDN. BHD. is located in Kuala Terengganu. Established in 1997, they are an integrated manufacturer of automotive disc brake pads for aftermarket segment.
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY IN ECER