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Shimano Officially Opens Components Factory in Malaysia

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NUNSPEET, Netherlands (9 February 2000)–On 31 January Shimano officially opened the new main building of its first factory in Malaysia. The company was established on 25 January 1990, and was the first of the current four factories in Malaysia, three of which are located in southern Malaysia near the Singapore border and the other in […]

NUNSPEET, Netherlands (9 February 2000)–On 31 January Shimano officially opened the new main building of its first factory in Malaysia. The company was established on 25 January 1990, and was the first of the current four factories in Malaysia, three of which are located in southern Malaysia near the Singapore border and the other in Mersing on the Malaysian east coast.
With the new building
Shimano wants to up-scale the skill of workers through education programs that will focus on own product-developments and designs in the long term.
Combined, the four Malaysian factories cover a 47,000 square meters of space. The new building increases the site’s total square footage by nearly 14,000 and is split between production (7,800m2), R&D/Engineering (1,800m2), training rooms (560m2) and cafeteria/others (3,700m2)
In 1999 Shimano’s total Malaysian factory production equaled MYR454 million (US$119.86mn) in sales. The production was split between fishing reels (34%) and bike components (66%). Bicycle products being manufactured there are cold forged items (hubs, brakes and levers, front chainwheels) and shifting levers (from Tourney up to Alivio). Fishing reels are produced using die-casting technology, combined with machining and assembly processes. (JW)

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