Schneider Electric subsidiary specialises in power protection and industrial UPS solutions
Adds 2,400 sq m to double production capacity, equivalent to 35% of total production capacity
ENERGY management specialist Schneider Electric has officially launched its subsidiary Gutor’s second manufacturing facility in Shah Alam in the central Malaysian state of Selangor, an RM10-million (US$3.1-million) expansion of the latter’s Asia Pacific headquarters.
Gutor, which specialises in power protection and industrial uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solutions, is part of Schneider Electric’s Secured Power Systems for Industry and Infrastructure business.
It has added 2,400 sq metres to double production capacity, equivalent to 35% of total Gutor production capacity, Schneider Electric said in a statement.
The expansion will improve the overall flow of production processes and support the growing demand of industrial power protection and energy efficiency management solutions, it said.
The expansion will also allow Gutor to provide strategic counsel, training, research and development (R&D) design, testing and technological know-how to existing and potential clients.
Malaysia serves as the only regional headquarters with a production facility aside from Gutor’s headquarters in Switzerland, serving clients not only in Malaysia but also in all markets in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and the Americas.
“We have had a significant growth over the last 15 years; the last five years of operations has shown tremendous business growth which increased our customer demand and driven our sales upward,” said Denis Schuler, managing director of Gutor Electronic Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd.
Gutor was established in Malaysia in 1998 with an initial headcount of 10, and now has 160 employees, all of whom are local talents, the company said.
“Our community provides an industry-savvy workforce that makes Malaysia very attractive to industrial companies,” said Gutor Electronic LLC chief executive officer Jacques Muller.
“With the new facility ready to run, Gutor will be able to encourage companies both locally and regionally to keep or expand their businesses and enhance the expertise of their skilled employees,” he added.
Among the key projects the company has been involved in are the Petronas Tanga Barat and the Plant Rejuvenation and Revamp 2 (PRR2) projects.
Externally, it was involved in Chevron’s Gorgon project in Australia, one of the world's largest natural gas projects. Gutor said it was the single largest project where project management, engineering, assembly and testing were handled from Malaysia.
The company’s expansion was described as “exemplary,” by Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) chairman Amirsham Abdul Aziz, who was at the launch, because it was “another major step forward in to expand trading relationship with Switzerland.”
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