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Collaborations with Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA)

MIDA (Malaysian Industrial Development Authority) is Malaysia’s one-stop centre for local manufacturing. With focus on PV business, MIDA is supported by MBIPV team to facilitate international and local business contacts and provide updates on latest technologies and companies’ news. MBIPV team is very experienced in the PV business along the value chain and familiar with local and international PV stakeholders. To facilitate the growing interest from local companies, we have designed a business development program, including free consultation and business plan. To upgrade local industry and support their business interest, we have designed our programme in six thrusts:

T1: To understand the needs and requirements of the local industry;

T2: To improve the image of the local PV industry and PV in Malaysia;

T3: To stimulate interest and identify interested local companies to shift towards PV;

T4: To design tailored programmes to enhance local industry;

T5: To explore Government support and collaborate with relevant agencies on design for new incentives for industry development; and

T6: To guide and facilitate collaboration between industries (local and foreign).

Together with MIDA we are working towards local manufacturing of PV products serving the global market and establishing strong local service providers competent to operate business in the ASEAN region.

The role of MIDA can be presented as follows:

The Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA), incorporated as a statutory body under the Federal Industrial Development Authority Act, 1965, is the Government’s principal agency for the promotion and coordination of industrial development in Malaysia. MIDA is the first point of contact for investors who intend to set up projects in the manufacturing and its related services sectors in Malaysia. Foreign investors can also contact MIDA for assistance in planning their fact-finding trip to Malaysia. Headquartered in Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur, MIDA has established a global network of 16 overseas offices covering North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific to assist investors interested in locating manufacturing operation in the ASEAN region. Within Malaysia, MIDA has 10 branch offices in 10 states, including two offices in Sabah and Sarawak.

The main functions of MIDA are to:

  1. Undertake planning and coordination of industrial development in Malaysia;
  2. Promote foreign and domestic investments in the manufacturing and services sectors;
  3. Recommend policies and strategies on industrial development to the Government;
  4. Evaluate applications for manufacturing licences and expatriate posts; tax incentives for manufacturing activities, tourism, R&D, training institutions and software development; and duty exemption on raw materials, components and machinery;
  5. Assist companies in the implementation and operation of their projects, and offer assistance through direct consultations and cooperation with the relevant authorities at both the federal and state levels and;
  6. Facilitate cross border investments and assisting Malaysian companies to identify markets and investment abroad;
  7. Facilitate the exchange of information and coordination among institutions engaged in or connected with industrial development.

As a measure to further enhance MIDA’s role in assisting foreign and domestic investors, senior representatives from key agencies are stationed at MIDA’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. These officials are from the Immigration Department, Royal Customs Malaysia and Tenaga Nasional Berhad. Other Government representatives from relevant ministries such as the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Human Resources, Department of Environment and Department of Occupational Safety and Health, are also assigned to MIDA to assist in expediting various approvals. MIDA has successfully implemented the ISO 9002 Quality Management System and has been awarded for the promotion of foreign and domestic investments in Malaysia’s manufacturing sector. For further enquiries, please contact us at:

Malaysian Industrial Development Authority

Block 4, Plaza Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 
Tel: (603) 2267 3633   Fax: (603) 2274 7970  E-mail:  promotion(a)mida.gov.my

MIDA with support from MBIPV is enhancing and attracting international PV companies to establish manufacturing in Malaysia and enjoy the numerous benefits and advantages. Malaysia has many opportunities for local manufacturing and such opportunities have yet to be explored and understood by global PV companies. Today semi-conductor companies are well established, e.g. in Penang, Shah Alam and Kulim, and have benefited from the conducive and profitable business and manufacturing environment in Malaysia. PV companies with interest towards front-end manufacturing have the potential of strong earnings from the existing skilled labour and established manufacturing environment for silicon, wafer and cell production.

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