Penang, Malaysia - April 30, 2020
ESCATEC’s Malaysian Business Units Resume Full Operations
Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, ESCATEC, reports that its Malaysian-based business units have resumed full operations, following an easing of COVID-19 related lockdown measures by the Malaysian government earlier this week.
In a Media Release, Swiss-owned ESCATEC says the concerned business units are ESCATEC Electronics and ESCATEC Medical – located at the major electronics cluster in Bayan Lepas on Penang Island – and ESCATEC Mechatronics in Johor Bahru, close to the Malaysia – Singapore border.
ESCATEC says these business units are able to very quickly resume full operations, thanks to intact supply chains, a motivated workforce raring to get back to work, and well-maintained facilities and machinery. In particular, ESCATEC’s fast and stringent implementation of hygiene and social distancing measures - which exceeded government criteria - has allowed it to be one of the first manufacturing companies in Malaysia to resume normal operations.
To recap – the Malaysian government imposed a “Movement Control Order” (MCO) effective 18 March 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Malaysia. The MCO severely curtailed human mobility and interaction, and among other measures required companies to stop all “non-essential” manufacturing.
As the Malaysian government had classified a select list of medical equipment as “essential production”, ESCATEC Medical was allowed to continue operations with the company giving priority to the production of parts for ventilators and respirators. The government’s decision on 28 April 2020 to ease the MCO means ESCATEC Medical is now able to expand its production capacity to meet surging global demand for critical medical parts and devices.
The other two ESCATEC business units in Malaysia – ESCATEC Electronics and ESCATEC Mechatronics – were initially required to shut-down production when the MCO was first announced. Subsequently, on 6 April 2020, both companies were permitted to resume limited production with less than half their workforce. The easing of the MCO now enables all the ESCATEC companies in Malaysia to return to full production capacity.
ESCATEC notes that it has kept all its customers and suppliers regularly updated on these developments through personal contact and via its web site www.escatec.com.
Further enquiries relating to ESCATEC can be directed to its Director of Customer Service, David Taylor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Media Release can be downloaded from the link below: