By JO TIMBUONG
KUALA LUMPUR: Chipmaker Intel Corp is dedicating its 40th year in Malaysia to its employees here and is toasting to another 40 successful years.
Managing director Robin Martin said the employees are the drivers of Intel's success in the country and one of the main reasons for its long stay.
"We have never failed the corporation and will continue to impress upon it that we have a very capable workforce in Malaysia," he said during a briefing at the Intel office here.
Martin said Malaysian employees have co-designed some of Intel's chips and are working on Intel's fourth-generation core processors codenamed Haswell.
He said Intel Malaysia has come a long way from the single factory in Penang that focused on manufacturing with the 100 workers it had in 1972.
Now, Intel Malaysia has testing and design on its list of responsibilities, as well as operating one of the corporation's two key shared-services centres.
Martin hopes Intel Malaysia will continue to be recognised as a caring employer to its employees and the community it resides in. As an equal opportunity employer, he said, Intel encourages determination and self development among its staff.
"We have employees who joined us after secondary school; they developed themselves at Intel and have moved up the ranks to become engineers and managers. The sky is the limit for them," Martin said.
Intel Malaysia will continue to deepen its roots in three pillars - manufacturing, design and testing, and shared services.
"The world is changing and getting more competitive, so Intel and Malaysia must grow together; neither of us can afford to rest on our laurels," he said.
Intel Malaysia will be holding a series of events to celebrate its 40th anniversary and these will include a ceremony to fete its 10 long-serving employees, who have each been with the company for 39 years. "We're also having a street party," Martin added.