Published on October 11th, 2023 | by Sounder Rajen0
DRB-Hicom And Geely Set Automotive Hi-Tech Valley (AHTV) Framework
Both brands finalise the framework and governance structure of the AHTV
The Automotive Hi-Tech Valley (AHTV) has achieved another milestone today with the signing of the Master Collaboration Agreement (MCA) between DRB-Hicom Berhad (DRB-Hicom) and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd. (Geely).
Signing on behalf of DRB-Hicom was Group Chief Operating Officer, Properties and Corporate Planning & Strategy, Encik Azri Zaharuddin, while Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Dr Wei Mei signed on behalf of Geely Holding.
Moreover, the signing ceremony, held at Proton Tanjong Malim, was witnessed by Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim along with other high profile Government figures, as well as Mr Eric Li as Chairman of Geely Holding as well as Syed Faisal Albar as Chairman of Proton.
The MCA sets forth the underlying principles, governance framework and mutual commitment of the AHTV project, including specific roles to be undertaken for development and promotional initiatives and bringing the AHTV one step closer to completion and thus turning this dream into a reality.
On top of that, the signing of today’s agreement brings the collaboration between DRB-Hicom and Geely to the next stage. This latest development follows the signing of the Heads of Agreement (HOA) by DRB-Hicom and Geely earlier this year at the Malaysia-China Business Forum in Beijing.
In addition to the MCA, the signing of the HOA between Altel Communications Sdn. Bhd. (Altel) and Geely Holding’s strategically invested Zhejiang Geespace Technology Co. Ltd. (Geespace) also took place at the venue.
The HOA focuses on the development and implementation of high technology systems and will expedite the deployment of innovative solutions within sectors like smart ports. Signing on behalf of Altel, was Mr Richard Kitts, its Group CEO, while Geespace was represented by its CEO, Mr Tony Wang.
What’s more, reflective of the strategic importance of AHTV, YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim chaired a high-level AHTV Project Development Meeting prior to the signing of the agreements. The meeting included senior members of the AHTV Project team together with Federal and State Government officials.
The AHTV will attract investments both locally and from overseas which will propel it to become an international automotive hub for NEV. Its focus will not only be on the production of automobiles of various makes, but also in the manufacturing of high-technology components and parts for NEVs.
This will further expand the capability of local vendors towards specialising in high-technology manufacturing and hopefully, up-skill the Malaysian workforce to bring the country up to the level of international talents.