Published on August 16th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair


Malaysia Automotive Institute Launches New Tech Centre to Help Local Part-Makers Keep Pace

The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) is launching a new advanced automotive technology centre known as the MAI Intelligent Technology Systems (MITS), a first-of-its kind in Malaysia, to boost product design capabilities and innovation within the domestic automotive components and parts supply chain.

The MAI Intelligent Technology Systems (MITS) is set up to fill the technological gap within the domestic automotive sector, through a one-stop facility that integrates advanced software, hardware as well as technical consulting support for automotive parts design & development and system engineering works. The system’s main hub is housed in MAI’s headquarters in Cyberjaya.


Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based simulation technology and engineering services company, Altair Inc., will collaborate with MAI as the ‘simulation’ technology partner for MITS.

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MITS is designed to serve the entire automotive parts and components supply chain targeting mainly Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies. It plays a key role in facilitating and helping these companies in their product design and development initiatives without the need to invest in expensive software, hardware and technical consulting services.

Altair believes simulation is more than a tool. By applying simulation technologies upfront in the product design process; automotive design engineers will be able to develop innovative, weight-optimized products with better performance.  It also allows them to validate design and optimize safety and durability parameters, while reducing design cycle times, bringing new products to the market quicker.

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Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited (HWUL) solution which is installed at MITS will form the backbone of the facility.  Users will be able to undertake different simulation tests to validate their product design and engineering processes, including crash, electromagnetic, Noise-Vibration-Harshness (NVH) and manufacturing simulation, while working closely with Altair’s experts in light-weight engineering and composite.

Altair, an MSC-status company, is the number one in engineering simulation in Southeast Asia region, providing both software and engineering consulting services.  Altair has served the Malaysian market since 2012, providing a rich portfolio of advanced engineering software and on-demand computing technologies to industry and government clients.

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