(From left) Northern Corridor Implementation Authority chief executive Datuk Redza Rafiq, Fabtronic Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk Siti Balkish and Advantest (Singapore) chief executive officer and managing director Paul Lau at the signing of the tripartite agreement in Tokyo, Japan. Pix courtesy of NCIA

TOKYO: Fabtronic Sdn Bhd, the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) and Advantest (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to initiate a shared services test laboratory and skills development training programme in the Malaysian Northern Corridor Economic Region here today.

The training programme is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of semiconductor test engineers in test development and product characterisation.

Fabtronic has set up the shared services test facility hub in Penang's Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, by installing Advantest’s Smart Scale V93000 automated test equipment (ATE).

The facility is located at the NCIA Technology Development Center in Phase 4 of the industrial zone.

According to Datuk Siti Balkish Shariff, the Chairman of Fabtronic, “The signing of the tri-partite MOU today will position Fabtronic to be the first shared services test lab for the semiconductor industry in South East Asia.”

“This facility will complement the upcoming 8-inch and 12-inch wafer die-preparation facility as well as the existing flip-chip assembly lines owned by Fabtronic,” said Siti Balkish in a statement.

NCIA chief executive Datuk Redza Rafiq said as the regional enabler, NCIA sees the need to elevate the semiconductor industry in Malaysia.

"High-value activities and jobs will be created as a direct spillover from this initiative including the creation of a talent pool through the skills development programme," he added.

“Setting up this initiative locally will improve the turnaround time for product development for both multinational corporations and local businesses thus reducing cost and positioning the Northern Corridor Economic Region as a destination of choice for semiconductor and related industries."

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