Unisem breaks ground on $68.5m Malaysian semiconductor facility

11-May-2022

Once completed the Gopeng Plant will enable Unisem (M) Berhad to better serve the needs of its customers with a broad portfolio of products and services

Unisem (M) Berhad has held a groundbreaking ceremony this morning to commemorate the commencement of construction of its new semiconductor production facility on a piece of industrial land measuring approximately 28.5 acres in Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia (Gopeng Plant).

Unisem is a global provider of semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) services for many of the world's most successful electronics companies.

Phase 1 of this new Gopeng Plant with an aggregate built-up area of about 57,000 sqm with cleanroom facilities, is expected to be completed in April 2023 at an approximate cost of RM300 million ($68.5m).

This new Gopeng Plant has an aggregate built-up area of about 57,000 sqm with cleanroom facilities

Once completed, fully facilitised and equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment, the Gopeng Plant will enable UNISEM to better serve the needs of its customers with a broad portfolio of products and services. It will also enable UNISEM to double the production capacity of UNISEM's existing operations in Ipoh.

UNISEM first established its semiconductor production facility in Simpang Pulai, Ipoh, Perak and commenced production in 1992. Over the years, UNISEM has fully utilised the 15-acre piece of land with a total built-up area of about 570,000 square feet and has 3,500 employees currently.

Commenting on another milestone in the history of UNISEM, John Chia Sin Tet, Chairman/Group Managing Director of UNISEM said: "The building of this flagship facility at Gopeng reflects the view of the Board that Malaysia remains an important destination in the global semiconductor supply chain. The Gopeng Plant will further create more high-value job opportunities for Malaysians whilst contributing to the country's exports."

"We wish to thank the Perak state government, MIDA and all the local authorities for their support, encouragement and granting us the necessary approvals for the construction of our flagship facility in Perak," Chia Sin Tet added.

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The ceremony was attended by the Board of Directors and senior management of UNISEM. The representatives of the General Contractor, Zalam Corporation Sdn Bhd and other nominated sub-contractors were also in attendance.

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