The Malaysian island of Penang has seen a surge of foreign investment over the past 18 months, with companies operating in China scrambling to take advantage of its long-established electronics sector and evade US tariffs that have been slapped on hundreds of millions of dollars of Chinese exports. Illustration: Brian Wang
The Malaysian island of Penang has seen a surge of foreign investment over the past 18 months, with companies operating in China scrambling to take advantage of its long-established electronics sector and evade US tariffs that have been slapped on hundreds of millions of dollars of Chinese exports. Illustration: Brian Wang

China manufacturing exodus, US trade war tariffs spur investment in Malaysia’s ‘Silicon Valley’

  • Malaysia’s electronic industry has seen a surge in investment as US and Chinese companies look to escape tariffs placed on each other’s products
  • Reliable infrastructure, established supply chain and skilled workforce give it an edge over other parts of Southeast Asia as manufacturing hub, Malaysian companies say

The Malaysian island of Penang has seen a surge of foreign investment over the past 18 months, with companies operating in China scrambling to take advantage of its long-established electronics sector and evade US tariffs that have been slapped on hundreds of millions of dollars of Chinese exports. Illustration: Brian Wang
The Malaysian island of Penang has seen a surge of foreign investment over the past 18 months, with companies operating in China scrambling to take advantage of its long-established electronics sector and evade US tariffs that have been slapped on hundreds of millions of dollars of Chinese exports. Illustration: Brian Wang
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