APPENDIX D. MALAYSIA SITE REPORTS (APRIL 1996 VISITS)
- NatSteel Technologies - Penang, Malaysia
(see NatSteel Singapore site report for contact address)
- Cliff Chu, Vice President - Operations
Victor Ng, General Manager
Ng Hock Ching, Marketing Director
S. C. Hoon, Marketing & Business Development Manager
Mission and Strategy
- NatSteel Penang is a wholly owned subsidiary of NatSteel
Electronics and has been operating since 1992 in the Penang area.
- NatSteel plans to expand its value-added services offered in
Singapore to include PCB layout and wiring.
- NatSteel Penang participates on a corporate technology
Key Elements of Presentation
- NatSteel Penang moved to a new 160,000 ft2 two-story building in
1994 located on 9 acres of land. This includes 110,000 square feet of
manufacturing space and 31,000 square feet of high bay storage.
- NatSteel Penang uses Panasert SMT equipment and had been adding one
line per month at the time of the WTEC visit. It has 16 SMT lines doing
8 million placements per day and has 90% equipment utilization.
- 3 rotating shifts are run per day, 20 shifts per week; 11 inventory
turns with 4.6 asset turns are achieved.
Key Elements of Tour
- When this facility was ISO-certified in March of 1995, it had spent
6 months modifying the basic procedures from Singapore to meet specific
local Malaysian requirements. It also expended 8,000 hours of training
deployment to prepare for this certification.
- Process yields are design-dependent but average 98% at ICT and 99%
- Customer returns (production line plus field) are 2,000 ppm with
1,000 ppm for ASICs, 600 ppm for no fault found, 200 ppm for SMT
related, and 200 ppm for ECO/test.
- Penang has failure analysis capability to the component level and
utilizes Malaysian government facilities for component/IC failure
New SMT processes are developed in Singapore and migrated to Penang,
but Penang does product startup for all products that are slated for
volume production in Penang.
Published: May 1997; WTEC