PENANG, April 27 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's export of Light Emitting Diode (LED) products is expected to increase by 20 per cent this year, compared to 12 per cent in 2009.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said last year, the export of LED products amounted RM1.81 billion, an increase of 12 per cent from 2008.
"We are confident that the export of LED products will increase this year following the improving economic conditions," he told reporters, after the opening of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd's LED Wafer Fabrication Plant here Tuesday.
He said the LED products are mainly exported to Japan, the United States, Singapore, Germany and Taiwan.
In his speech, Mustapa said Osram Penang had been manufacturing LEDs for worldwide distribution, for more than 20 years.
He added that it had at present, the world's most advanced LED chip factory.
"This new wafer fabrication facility is operating in addition to the main plant in Regensburg, Germany, to manufacture LED chips using state-of-the-art nitride technology and meeting growing demand from high-volume lighting and consumer applications.
"With this expansion, it also becomes the first wafer fabrication plant for LEDs in Malaysia," he said.
The facility is also the company's first ever LED chip plant in Asia and currently, the most modern in the world.
The production facility in Penang also makes Osram Opto Semiconductors the first LED manufacturer with high-volume chip production facilities both in Europe and Asia.
Today is the Opening Ceremony of Osram Opto Semiconductor in Penang. Though I was invited but due to my current assignment, I could not go and thus I miss seeing a lot of old friends in Penang.