TOWARDS A NEW ERA

Panasonic Ushers in a New Era with
The Opening of Three New Facilities

Shah Alam, 7 December 2018 – In conjunction with Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad’s (PMMA) 50 years establishment in Malaysia together with its 100th anniversary celebration, the Management and employees of Panasonic celebrate the completion of three new facilities - Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad (PMMA), Panasonic Appliances Research & Development Centre Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd (PAPRADAP) and Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PAPAMY), through “Towards a New Era” grand opening ceremony.

Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad, Chairman – Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin (1st from left)
Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad, Managing Director – Mr. Toyokatsu Okamoto (2nd from left)
Appliances Company Chief Executive Officer, Panasonic Corporation – Mr. Tetsuro Homma (3rd from left)
Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Deputy Minister YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming (4th from left)
Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor – YAB Tuan Amirudin B. Shari (5th from left)
Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr. Makio Miyagawa (6th from left)
Investment, Industry and Commerce and SME Selangor, Executive Councilor – Dato’ Teng Chang Khim (7th from left)
Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Secretary General – Datuk Isham Ishak (8th from left)
Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) – Mr Zabidi Mahbar, Senior Executive Director (9th from left)
Panasonic Appliances Asia Pacific, Managing Director – Mr. Hiroyuki Tagishi (10th from left)
Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Managing Director – Mr. Takehiko Ryu (1st from right)

The official part of event starts with a journey through time from Panasonic’s beginnings and the 50-year-long journey of the company in Malaysia, where all guests could see the exciting changes await at the new facilities.

Chief Executive Officer & Senior Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation, Tetsuro Homma said in his welcoming speech, “For the past 100 years, Panasonic has incessantly strived to create a convenient, comfortable and safe society. Today, Panasonic as one of the leading consumer electronics brands in the world, embarks on a new era that strives even more for sustainable living and advanced technological innovation.” He added, “And for the next 100 years, Panasonic will engage in and realise our vision of ‘One-to-one Lifestyle Updates’ where we will evolve from ‘Individual-oriented’ to ‘Lifestyle-oriented’, and create lifestyles for the next century.”

Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor, YAB Tuan Amirudin B. Shari during the speech

Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor, YAB Tuan Amirudin B. Shari during the speech

Dato’ Menteri Besar of Selangor, YAB Tuan Amirudin bin Shari, who was invited to officiate the new buildings, congratulates Panasonic on advancing to the next phase of growth and innovation with its latest expansions. “In years to come, we are expecting the company to fully utilise its ground-breaking technology and exceptional engineering expertise to deliver innovation across diverse industries in all fields, creating a better day-to-day experience for its customers”, said YAB Tuan Amirudin bin Shari in his speech. “And with it also established as a Malaysian company, we would like to see Panasonic championing economic growth and creating job opportunities right here in the local economy,” he added.

Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), YB Dr Ong Kian Ming then appears on the stage, noting Panasonic for its contribution towards international trade and economic growth in Malaysia. “Panasonic, being one of the largest consumer electronics manufacturers in Electrical & Electronics (E&E) industry is one of the key economic growth leaders for Malaysia with its increasing contribution towards the national export. Witnessing the opening of Panasonic’s new R&D arm (PAPRADAP) and warehouse & logistic hub (PAPAMY), I wish Panasonic much success ahead, and that the company will continue to provide positive outlook and prospect for Malaysia’s economy”, he said.

VIPs during session with media

VIPs during session with media

The opening of new facilities heralds Panasonic’s progression to a whole new era of growth in local and Asia’s consumer electronics industry. This is a momentous step on Panasonic’s path to building a new era for consumer electronics in Malaysia and even across other Asian countries. It is a new set of investment that not only build on Panasonic’s commitment to support and help build a more thriving economy in Malaysia, but also an effort to drive earnings growth and fuel the fast-growing consumer electronics industry in future. Taking inspirations from the new values through our next 100 years’ innovation, the newly constructed facilities aim to deliver proprietary technologies and sustainable solutions to create a better life for our customers in Malaysia and across other Asian countries.

New building of Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad

New building of Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad

Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad’s (PMMA) - New Administration Building

A guided tour of the new 90,675-square-foot facility introduces all guests and visitors to its innovative and sustainable design concepts. This 3-storey building consists of two Panasonic companies, with PMMA’s new administration office occupying the first floor, and PAPADRAP’s new R&D centre located on the second floor.

With its relocation to the new office building, PMMA aims to provide an open space where its people could work together in an atmosphere that inspires collaboration, improves productivity and sparks innovation. Our new facility features a modern and sustainable design and it is meant to attract people who want to help make the world a better place. With this, PMMA aspires to pioneer the industry and become the number one “Small Home Appliance Factory in Asia for Panasonic Corporation” where the most intriguing technology can be designed to meet or exceed the expectation of customers.

Panasonic Appliances Research & Development Centre Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd (PAPRADAP) - New R&D Centre

Housed at the same building with PMMA, the new state-of-the-art R&D centre at Panasonic Appliances Research & Development Centre Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd (PAPRADAP) will act as the forefront where the greatest innovation and creativity will be practised to the maximum extend to help realise the electronics lifestyle of tomorrow. With its new R&D lab building employing nearly 120 industry expertise, PAPRADAP will continue to contribute to lifestyle innovation in Asia while enhancing our local R&D capability and productivity by localising Japan’s advanced technology and accelerating new product and solution development.

Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PAPAMY) – New Warehouse & Logistic Hub

Strategically located between PAPAMY factory and port, our new fully integrated distribution centre at Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PAPAMY) spanning over 738,000 square feet of a massive space comprises 48 loading bays, sufficient for the accommodation of 130 containers at one time, will centralise its logistic operation from multiple warehouse under one roof. As we mark the beginning of our new fully integrated distribution centre at Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PAPAMY), this company will play a major role in contributing to the growth of local economy with its 46 years of operation experience and increasing annual export growth to more than 120 countries worldwide. 

With this new milestone achieved, the grand opening of Panasonic’s new facilities paves the way for research and development, next-generation innovation, sustainable household appliance, business-to-business solution and new cutting-edge products onboard to deliver customer values and improve quality of life.

Other respected officials attending the event include:

  • Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Dato’ Azman Mahmud;
  • Secretary General of Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Datuk Isham Ishak; and
  • Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Makio Miyagawa.

Also present (Panasonic Management) at the opening ceremony are:

  • Executive Officer Panasonic Corporation, Vice President Appliances Company, Managing Director, Panasonic Appliances Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd, Hiroyuki Tagishi;
  • Managing Director of Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Takehiko Ryu;
  • Chairman of Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad, Tan Sri Asmat bin Kamaludin;
  • Managing Director of Panasonic Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Cheng Chee Chung; and
  • Deputy Managing Director of Panasonic Management Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Hiroyuki Imizu.

For more information on Panasonic’s products and service offerings, visit www.panasonic.com.my.

About Panasonic Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Panasonic Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a sales, service and marketing company for the Panasonic brand of electrical and electronic products ranging from audio visuals, home appliances, air conditioners, indoor air quality, solar business, digital & video cameras, professional broadcasting equipment, system solutions, telecommunications, health & beauty care, batteries and lightings. All Panasonic products are available through our authorised dealers nationwide. For more information on Panasonic brand and products, visit our website at www.panasonic.com.my or call our Customer Care Centre at 03-7953 7600.

About Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad (PMMA)

Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Bhd is a manufacturing company for the Panasonic brand of fan products and home appliances, ranging from electric fans, ceiling fans, ventilating fans, home showers, vacuum cleaners, rice and slow cookers, blenders, juicers, food processors and grinders, electric irons, dish dryers and bidets. Headquartered in Shah Alam, the company operates in the region of Malaysia, Japan, rest of Asia, North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

About Panasonic Appliances Research & Development Centre Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd (PAPRADAP)

Panasonic Appliances Research & Development Centre Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd is the R&D centre for design and development of home appliances for global market and solution provider for development capability enhancement.

About Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PAPAMY)

Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a self-conclusive manufacturing company with well-equipped R&D Centres and two plants, producing Room Air-Conditioners, Big RAC components, Air-to-Water Heat Pumps and Compressors for worldwide exports. PAPAMY handles all aspects of production from design to manufacturing, quality control, distribution and servicing, meeting every need of the market and delivering complete customer satisfaction.

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