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Largest Global MLCC Manufacturing Facility


The newly completed expansion of AVX’s flagship facility in Penang, Malaysia, which now offers 450,000 square feet of state-of-the-art design, manufacturing, testing, storage, & distribution space, will support the continued evolution of the company’s extensive portfolio of advanced passive components & create nearly 1,000 new jobs.

AVX Corporation has completed a major, $150 million expansion of its flagship multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) manufacturing facility in Penang, Malaysia. The expansion added 250,000 square feet to the original facility, which now encompasses 450,000 square feet of Class 1K and Class 10K cleanrooms, state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and testing technology, and warehousing space designed to support the safe storage and global export of products, and squarely established the Penang site as AVX’s largest MLCC manufacturing facility.

The Penang expansion will support the continued evolution of the company’s extensive portfolio of high-performance, high-reliability passive components designed to meet the exacting demands of next-generation automotive systems and other challenging electronics applications in the military, aerospace, defense, telecommunications, renewable energy, industrial, medical, consumer electronics, networking, and transportation industries, and is projected to create more than 1,000 new jobs over the next two years.

AVX has partnered with several local universities to promote employment opportunities for new and recent graduates and has made plans to provide new employees with comprehensive in-house and offsite training in the safe and effective operation of advanced manufacturing equipment. In a show of local support for the AVX expansion and employment initiatives, Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow visited and formally inaugurated the site upon completion.

Kumar Krishnamani, managing director, AVX Manufacturing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd, said: “AVX’s ceramic capacitor manufacturing facility in Penang has been operational for more than 20 years and is an established part of the local community.

“The new site expansion represents an investment of approximately $150 million and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to supporting the local economy and developing competitive, cutting-edge component solutions with a special focus on advanced automotive applications.

“Furthermore, as a result of our latest expansion, the Penang site will now operate as a dedicated export facility, which will support both Malaysia’s economic growth and the seamless global distribution of our products.”

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