Photo - (from left) Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Intel Malaysia Managing Director, Robin Martin at the launch of Intel PG7 building.
Intel's new PG7 project in Penang's Free Industrial Zone is the largest company building outside of the United States incorporating its new Corporate Office standard, said the semiconductor firm. This move brings the company's investments in Malaysia to more than US$4 billion (RM12.43 billion) since its initial investment of US$1.6 million (RM5.6 million) in 1972 and makes Malaysia the company's most complex offshore site, it said.
Speaking during the opening on the island of Penang, Malaysia, Intel Malaysia's managing director Robin Martin said PG7 will house more than 10 percent of the company's 9,000+ employees. "We have been looking forward to the launch of the PG7 building for awhile now and I am glad to note that our wait has finally been rewarded with a brand new workspace where the Intel family can come together to continue the great work we've been doing since our establishment here [in 1972]."
"Intel is investing in our work environment to make it more effective, efficient, productive, and enjoyable," Martin said. "Some of the many benefits of this new office design include flexible work areas, more conference rooms, and areas to encourage creativity and collaboration. Of course, the launch of Intel PG7 is a symbol of Intel's continued commitment to Malaysia and represents our continuing investment into the Malaysian economy."
"The new PG7 building incorporates Intel Corporation's new plan for office design," said Intel Asia Pacific regional general manager for corporate service, Alan Schijf. "For example, the building features open areas for 1:1s, collaboration, work breaks, and team discussions. These free and open spaces encourage spontaneous and creative collaboration in an open and pleasant environment.
"In addition to providing the best working environment for our employees, we also made sure that PG7 is eco-friendly as well. We reused and recycled more than 18,000 tonnes of material in the construction of PG7. That's equivalent to around 2,570 truckloads of potential waste diverted from landfills towards their new potential!" Schijf said. "Ultimately, we aim to make PG7 a home away from home for our colleagues in Intel."
Intel's new Corporate Office Standard started in 2007 in response to the need to update Intel's office environment to accommodate the latest technology, increase collaboration, provide for the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce, and improve utilisation of Intel's office assets, he said.
Innovation based economy
The opening was officiated by Penang's chief minister Lim Guan Eng, who said: "I'd like to commend Intel Malaysia for playing its part in spearheading an innovation-based economy in Malaysia. In making Malaysia one of Intel's largest home bases in the world for over four decades, Intel has demonstrated its commitment to the country by establishing its operations in Penang and Kulim as strategic technology innovation centres, focused on transforming Malaysia's economy."
Intel Malaysia's operations are conducted out of a high- tech campus with 10 buildings on the island of Penang as well as on the mainland in Kulim, Kedah. This includes its role as one of Intel's largest Assembly, Test and Manufacturing (ATM) facilities.