BMW Group Malaysia and Sime Darby Auto Engineering (SDAE), a division of Sime Darby Motors opened the doors to the new SDAE Engine Assembly Facility in Kulim, Kedah, on 3rd May 2018. The ceremony was officiated by Datin K. Talagavathi, the Deputy Secretary General (Industry) of Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).
Equipped with the newest innovation for engine assembly including EST tightening equipment, Dosing and Bonding Technology (DoboTech) equipment, engine engraving, engine oil filling and test machines for hydraulic valve play compensation, leak tests as well as hot and cold testing, the new facility employs an additional 60-person workforce demonstrating a commitment to increasing employment opportunities and career growth prospects within the local job market in the Kulim Hi-Tech area. All operators within the plant are local and have acquired the SKM (Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia) certificate of at least Level 2.
Mr. Harald Hoelzl, Managing Director and CEO of BMW Group Malaysia said, “Malaysia has long played the role of a strategic partner to the BMW Group in South East Asia and this significance is reflected in our business performance here which mirrors our achievements worldwide. In the first quarter of 2018, the BMW Group is already on target for an eighth consecutive year of record sales with a delivery of 604,629 vehicles worldwide, a 3% growth as compared to the same period in 2017.”
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Datin K. Talagavathi, Deputy Secretary General (Industry) of Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia said, “I am pleased to officiate the opening of the new Sime Darby Auto Engineering Engine Assembly Facility here in Kulim, Kedah today. The new engine assembly facility developed through the partnership and initiatives of Sime Darby Motors and the BMW Group, will not only boost the local capabilities and regional competitiveness of the country but will also create employment opportunities and raise technical competency skills for Malaysians.”
She added that the new engine assembly facility, alongside the assembly plant and the Regional Parts Distribution Centre in Johor by premium automaker BMW Group would promote the exchange of technological know-how, thereby developing a more innovative and talented workforce in line with the transformation aspirations of the country.
Echoing her sentiments, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah, Chairman of Sime Darby Berhad said, “Sime Darby Motors’ vision is to be the preferred contract assembly partner for the most dynamic automakers in ASEAN. We aim to produce more than 50,000 vehicles as well as the engine parts and components for the vehicles by the year 2020. The new SDAE Engine Assembly Facility opened today takes us one giant leap forward in making this goal a reality.”
Established on a land site of over 6 acres with a built-up area space of 8,500 square metres and with a total investment value of over RM 132 million by SDAE, the new engine assembly facility will support BMW Group Malaysia’s growing demand for locally assembled vehicles with the newest capabilities in engine assembly technology as well as support the premium automaker’s export initiatives to other markets in the region.
Also present during the ceremony was; Dato’ Madani Sahari, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), Mr. Andrew Basham, Managing Director of Sime Darby Motors, Mr. Jeffri Salim Davidson, Group Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Berhad, Ms. Hildegard Wortmann, Senior Vice President of Region Asia Pacific, BMW Group, and Ms. Ilka Horstmeier, Senior Vice President of Production Engines and Electrified Powertrains, BMW Group.