Government Opens Door to German Car makers for 3rd National Car Project
The government is opening its door to German automakers to participate in the third national car project. There are a lot of German car companies which have been very successful in assembling completely knocked-down (CKD) vehicles with a lot of local content. “If the German Automotive companies are interested to explore opportunities in the third national car project, we are willing and open to their proposals,” Deputy Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming said after the exchange of a MoU on the Malaysia-Germany Strategic Collaboration and the soft launch of the East Coast Economic Region’s (ECER) Asia Centre of Excellence for Smart Technologies (ACES). However, German Ambassador to Malaysia Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff said, there were no official proposals or enquiries of interest from these carmakers to participate in the third national car project until now.
Meanwhile, ECERDC CEO’s Datuk Seri Jebasingam Issace John said the RM12 million ACES were scheduled to begin operations in early January next year. ACES also exchanged MoUs with IJM Corporation Bhd, MCKIP Sdn Bhd, Kuantan Port Consortium, Universiti Malaysia Pahang and Siemens Malaysia to support Industry 4.0 initiatives and the upskilling of local graduates.
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