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NI builds operations, R&D center in Malaysia

Posted: 07 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:operations facility? R&D? Malaysia?

National Instruments Corp. (NI) is building an operations and R&D facility in Penang, Malaysia. The groundbreaking ceremony of the facility was attended by Malaysian Minister of Trade and Industry Y.B. Dato' Sri Mustapa Bin Mohamed and Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng. The new facility is scheduled to be completed by 2012.

The R&D and operations center is part of the company's plan of global expansion to support the NI's growth.

"Today's groundbreaking on the National Instruments R&D and operations facility is an exciting milestone in the ongoing collaboration between Malaysia and National Instruments," said Y.B. Dato' Sri Mustapa Bin Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry in Malaysia. "National Instruments has brought numerous high-value jobs to the country, and our investment in the company's success is in line with the goals of the Economic Transformation Program and our long-term vision of making Malaysia a high-income nation."

The new 314,000 square foot R&D and operations facility will be located on part of the company's 23 acres of land in Bayan Lepas, an industrial area home to several global high-tech companies. The facility will have an open floor plan and many environmentally conscious features such as energy efficient lighting, motion-activated light switches and plumbing controls and double-glazed Low-E glass windows to prevent heat gain. Additionally, the building will employ a system developed by Chiller Energy Management Systems (CEMS) Engineering that uses National Instruments products, including NI LabVIEW software, to achieve energy-saving central air conditioning.

"National Instruments has been a wonderful addition to Penang, bringing good jobs that are well suited to the talents of our region's workforce," said Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang. "National Instruments has long been recognized as a '100 Best Places to Work' company, and we are pleased they are bringing that same culture of excellence to Penang."

Approximately 1,500 employees working in manufacturing, product development, R&D, IT and finance will occupy the new site in Penang over the next 10 years. National Instruments is actively recruiting employees for its Penang operation, including experienced engineers to fill key R&D positions.

"National Instruments is pleased with the progress we have made to establish a world-class R&D and operations facility in Penang," said Alex Davern, chief operating officer at National Instruments. "We have already had great success in attracting quality talent from the region and are confident our Penang operation will expand our ability to deliver the high-quality, cutting-edge technology customers expect from National Instruments."

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