The Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) contributed to over a third of Malaysia’s manufacturing exports, thus, playing a significant role in placing Malaysia’s manufacturing sector 19th globally and 5th in Asia in the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2012. Its 40 years of evolution in technology and engineering-based activities, sparked by the Electrical & Electronics sector has led to leading edge capabilities in the delivery of high technology and precision products and services.
The ready availability of an educated skilled workforce, a vast and sophisticated logistics network to support the key economic sectors and a thriving business culture led to a number of large MNC’s descending into NCER to further expand their global networks and markets. This list of MNC’s includes Agilent, Intel, Motorola, Altera, DELL, National Instruments and B Braun just to name a few.
NCER’s logistics industry has been supporting these big multinational manufacturers in Penang and Kulim to deliver time sensitive electronic components worldwide via the Penang International Airport. As a testament to NCER’s air freight capability, Penang International Airport carried almost twice the value of trade compared to Kuala Lumpur International Airport between 2006 and 2011. Backed by major logistics players such as FedEx, DHL, UPS, TNT, DB Schenker, Agility and others, it shows that NCER and the Penang International Airport is the destination of choice for major logistics players to be based at, to serve the Asia Pacific region.