Penang has been positioning itself as a center for medical device production, and a new agreement with a Swiss machinery maker will see local skills improve in this industry, and pass them on to other Malaysian manufacturers.

The Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC) has teamed up with Tornos SA, a Swiss machinery maker, to provide a loan machine for two years and training for 10 staff of its sliding headstock type computer numeric control (CNC) lathe. The PSDC has applied to the government for funds to purchase four more of the machines under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

CNC skills are vital to advancing the medical devices industry, which in turn produces valuable skills for other high tech manufacturing sectors like semiconductors and automation. PSDC has run CNC training courses since 1992, producing 160 skilled operators every year.

Foreign medical device companies with operations in Penang are B. Braun Melsulgen AG, Symetry Medical Inc and St Jude Medical Inc. Malaysian company Vigilenze Medical Supplies Sdn Bhd also has a facility in the state.

source & article: NST Business Times, MIDA