WASHINGTON DC: Malaysia is expected to garner RM14.62 billion in new investments from the United States (US) following the Trade and Investment Mission (TIM) led by Senior Minister and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Azmin said many US-based companies had expressed their commitments to expand their operations and footprint in Malaysia during his 10-day US TIM which began on May 8.
"We are going to make some major announcements in the next few days in terms of the total new investments that have been committed by these companies," he told Bernama and TV3 reporters here, Tuesday.
Thus far, Azmin had met several high-technology (hi-tech) companies such global semiconductor company Texas Instruments Inc. and global materials supplier to the electronics assembly and semiconductor packaging industries Indium Corporation, and he is scheduled to engage with more hi-tech industry players on his next visits to San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles.
TSMC’s projection comes as concerns persist that inflation, the war in Ukraine and Chinese lockdowns will hammer demand for gadgets. On Wednesday, executives acknowledged smartphones and computers have been hard-hit but that spending in other areas such as electric vehicles have exceeded expectations. They played down the effect of inflation, saying the rise in prices was gradually abating.
The semiconductor sector continues to be favoured by analysts, especially the outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (Osat) providers.
The Osat companies have got it going with a strong sales pipeline and earnings growth prospect, anchored by their expansion roadmap and robust balance sheet, said TA Securities Research in its latest report.
“We also expect them to continue benefiting from the global structural growth in chip demand, alongside the ongoing acceleration in digitalisation and proliferation of secular technology trends like 5G, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, Internet of Things, robotics and vehicle electrification,” it said.
It maintained its “overweight” stance on the technology sector The star 10 June2022
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO/TAIPEI (June 13): China's semiconductor industry is showing signs of flourishing even in the face of Biden administration efforts to counter its growth, raising alarm bells in Washington.
Chinese orders for chip-manufacturing equipment from overseas suppliers rose 58% in 2021, making it the biggest market for those products for a second year running, according to data provided by industry body Semi.
There is a big issue with Pentamaster. It hardly pay any taxes. As such, the company can have fake customers, fake revenue and fake profits.
And C B Chuah's story is getting inconsistent.
Q1 2022 financial results stated that EV market have fuelled the demand for the Group’s automotive test solutions. However, the company's website at https://pentamaster.com.my does not have any information on EV automotive test solutions.
And out-of-the-blue, the company releases a PR statement that it has 300 semiconductor test equipment and 20 robotic production lines orders.
Suddenly, no more customers for EV automotive test solutions. Who are the customers for the EV automotive and semiconductor test equipment?
"In 1Q2022, revenue from the ATE segment increased by RM43.5 million to RM130.5 million (4Q2021: RM87.0 million), representing an increase of 50.1%.
The increase was largely driven by the demand from the automotive segment given the global momentum in structurally shifting towards EV. Such resilience and growth in the EV market have fuelled the demand for the Group’s automotive test solutions entailing a full range of assembly and test technologies from front-end to back-end solutions. With vehicle manufacturers’ increasingly ambitious electrification plans coupled with supportive regulatory frameworks, the automotive industry will remain robust and contribute positively to the Group’s revenue in the short to medium term."
Semicon industry news by the edge (4.8.22), analyst opines that Malaysia is expected to benefit from the accelerated trade diversion due to US-China trade tension, as more multinational companies shift their supply chain activities out of China into Southeast Asia
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