Mr. Jun-Ichi Miki
Chief Executive Officer of Roland Japan
Mr. Yoshimichi Kano
Senior Executive Officer of Roland Japan
Mr. Tetsuji Iyoda
Managing Director of Roland Manufacturing Malaysia (RMM)
Ladies and gentlemen,
Condolence message on the recent passing of Roland founder
1. Good Morning. It is my pleasure to be here today for the opening of Roland’s new Principal Hub (PH) operation, MI Services Malaysia. As we celebrate this significant event for Roland, let us take a moment to send our thoughts to Roland’s founder, Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi. He was the man behind the synthesiser and drum machines that revolutionised electronic music since the 1980s. His intelligent inventions were central to the formation of the entire musical landscape – especially ‘80s pop and hip-hop. Roland instruments have truly graced the stage of top artists from Beastie Boys to Lady Gaga. My belated condolences to the whole Roland family.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Malaysia’s partnership with Roland
2. Roland and Malaysia has been enjoying a long standing and close partnership that began with the establishment of its sales unit office, Roland Asia Pacific (RAP) in 2005. It was the Sole Official Distributor for all Roland, BOSS and Edirol products in Malaysia and Singapore. Nevertheless, Roland’s products have been sold in Malaysia since the 1980’s.
3. Just over two years ago, this music giant had set up its first 100% owned overseas manufacturing facility, Roland Manufacturing Malaysia (RMM) here in Port Klang. This investment started to bear fruit when the company recorded a strong sales performance of approximately RM100 million in 2016. Today, Roland Manufacturing operations in Malaysia has benefited over 366 Malaysians who have been employed by the company in various positions, focusing on the production of electronic pianos, guitar amplifiers and electronic drums for the global market.
4. I am pleased to note that Roland Manufacturing Malaysia has adopted some automation in its manufacturing activities. This is in line with the government’s efforts towards embracing Industry 4.0 for the country’s manufacturing sector. I am particularly impressed that Roland uses IT system and technologies for its material and parts handling as well as inspection processes.
5. Despite the current challenging economic climate, we are excited that Roland has made its announcement last year to expand the capability of its Malaysian factory. We look forward to the next phase of your expansion, here.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This marks another significant milestone for Roland and Malaysia
6. The opening of this new operation hub marks another major milestone in our partnership with Roland. Last year, MIDA engaged with Roland at the mini seminar organised by the Japanese Chamber of Trade and Industry Malaysia (JACTIM) where details of the Principal Hub scheme were further elaborated to the company. Following the engagement, we are proud that Roland has now established MI Services to undertake Principal Hub activities in Malaysia. We are pleased that Malaysia is now the base for Roland’s regional and global business functions. For Roland, this new regional hub here at Port Klang will be its second headquarter after Japan that will act as the Group’s Global Procurement and Distribution Centre to support Roland’s sales units throughout the world. For Malaysia, it is an important vote of confidence in the country’s competitive strengths as an attractive investment location for companies to hub their activities.
R&D and innovation adoption
7. We are also excited to benefit from the R&D and knowledge transfer activities, as this new regional operation will undertake most of the Group’s product testing activities. They will also be developing new music instruments and customising Roland’s products to tailor to the specific requirements of regional markets. This is certainly in line with the country’s aspirations for more companies to undertake R&D and innovation activities as they are keys to increasing competitiveness and sustainable growth.
Creation of high value jobs, upskilling of local people & growing collaborations with local companies
8. Through this new establishment, we look forward to the creation of high value jobs for Malaysia and more collaboration opportunities for our local companies. In fact, Roland is already showing a strong commitment in this area as they have been hiring and are upskilling our local talents. Five Malaysian graduates are currently being employed and trained by the company in Mechanical Systems Engineering at Roland’s HQ in Japan, to be equipped with the specialised skillsets required for their jobs.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Why Japan matters to Malaysia
9. Japan continues to be among Malaysia’s top source of foreign direct investments. In 2016, Japan was the fourth largest investor for approved investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors. In the manufacturing sector alone, a total of 53 projects with Japanese interest have been approved, involving investments of USD0.4 billion (RM1.9 bilion) last year. These projects will create 4,390 more jobs for the country.
10. Major investments include UMW Toyota, Rohm-Wako Electronic, Sagami Manufacturing, Rikevita, Nippon Electric Glass, Cosmo Scientex and Polyplastics Asia Pacific.
11. Other Japanese companies that have made Malaysia as a base for conducting their regional and global service operations are Sharp, Daikin, and Panasonic. Japanese companies not only continue to invest in Malaysia, but more importantly, invest in quality projects, incorporating the latest technology and in high value added activities. Such investments are also in line with the Government’s promotional efforts to attract investments into these areas.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Malaysia: An attractive investment destination
12. MIDA and other government agencies have worked tirelessly to ensure that we have an environment conducive for international companies to locate their regional or global headquarters in Malaysia, joining a number of leading corporations that are already here.
13. We are pleased that Roland has found Malaysia as a strong economic powerhouse that offers them access to a growing talent pool, business ecosystem, world-class infrastructure and connectivity and competitive cost advantages that cater to their growing business model needs.
14. We are confident that MI Services Malaysia will operate successfully in the competitive business environment prevailing in the country. MIDA will continue to work closely with other government agencies in providing our full support to ensure the success of this project.
Closing – congratulation remarks
15. In closing, let me once again extend my heartiest congratulations to the management and staff of MI Services Malaysia on the successful opening of their new operation hub. I wish you every success in the years ahead.
SOURCE : Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
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