Published on November 8th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair1
RM500m Daihatsu Perodua Engine Manufacturing Officially Launched
Daihatsu Motor and Perodua’s latest RM500 million investment joint venture, the Daihatsu Perodua Engine Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (DPEM) was officially opened in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan today.
The engine manufacturing facility is the second significant investment made by Daihatsu in Sendayan after building a transmission plant, Akashi Kikai Industry, adjacent to the facility with the objective of setting up a powertrain production hub in the country.
The plant was launched by Negeri Sembilan Chief Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mohamad Haji Hasan at a simple ceremony at the DPEM plant here today.
Also present was Perodua President and CEO, YBhg Datuk Dr Aminar Rashid Salleh, Executive Vice President of Daihatsu Co Ltd Mr Hiroyuki Yokohoma and Managing Director of DPEM, Mr Koji Miyake.
So far, both DPEM secured two OEMs for its products and is currently looking for more manufacturers to supply engine components to.
Akashi Kikai was launched in July 2015 and provides Perodua with Electronic Automatic Transmission as well as manual transmission for the Axia and Bezza, while DPEM, which began operations in May this year, supplies engine components for the Bezza.
While DPEM and Akashi Kikai were established to reap the opportunities arising from a fully liberalised automative market by offering high quality engine components at competitive prices.
The engine plant has a land area of 35 acres, a plant area of 5 acres which consists of 202 workers, complete with facilities such as a prayer room, canteen, locker rooms and hostel for those who are required.