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31 Maggio 2024



 Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on Tuesday said Malaysia was the global semiconductor industry’s best bet for a “neutral and non-aligned location” to do business, as he pitched his country to top chipmakers seeking a haven from the US-China tech war over Washington’s sanctions. Across Southeast Asia, competition is fierce for semiconductor investments, as tech firms scan the world for sites to make their crucial chips. Concerns are escalating over a US-China tech war, which has disrupted supply chains of everything from smartphones and computers to electric vehicles. Anwar said Malaysia aimed to secure at least 500 billion ringgit (US$106 billion) in fresh semiconductor investments under a new National Semiconductor Strategy (NSS). “I offer our nation as the most neutral and non-aligned location for semiconductor production, to help build a more secure and resilient global semiconductor supply chain,” Anwar said in his keynote speech at Semicon Southeast Asia 2024 in Kuala Lumpur, which drew dozens of firms from Asia, Europe and the Americas. “Geopolitical dynamics aside, a robust multinational semiconductor production remains vital for humankind’s survival, particularly as we are running out of time in our climate action and risk mitigation.” Malaysia is a key player in the global semiconductor industry, supplying 13 per cent of total demand in the assembly, packaging and testing sector, according to government data. The semiconductor industry contributes to about 25 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to the government’s estimates. In April, Anwar unveiled a planned integrated circuit design park in Selangor - the country’s most industrialised state – to grow local capability in IC design and wafer fabrication manufacturing. This process is central to the manufacturing of integrated circuits used to build artificial intelligence processes and supercomputers, the latter of which are the focus of US tech sanctions against China. Under the US Chips Act passed by Congress in 2022, chipmakers that deal with the US are barred from expanding semiconductor manufacturing in China or any country deemed by the US government as posing a national security risk. The US-China trade war has presented a golden opportunity for Southeast Asian economies, where chipmakers have announced billions of dollars in investments in recent years as they seek to hedge their risks from overreliance on their facilities in China. The standoff between the two superpowers has benefited Malaysia, which has lured over US$20 billion in fresh chip-related investments since 2021. These include major expansion plans by US chip giant Intel and Germany’s Infineon, and AI infrastructure development by Nvidia and Microsoft. Malaysia wants to expand its share of the semiconductor business in the more lucrative wafer fabrication sector. Under the newly unveiled NSS, the government has set a target of attracting at least 10 new design and advanced packaging firms with annual revenue of between US$210 million and US$1 billion and at least 100 semiconductor-related companies, Anwar said on Tuesday. To support the industry’s expansion, the government will develop a global research and development hub, train 60,000 local engineers and set aside 25 billion ringgit for related incentives. “Malaysia is offering itself as a ‘bridge’ to connect countries open to tech collaboration, right here on our shores,” Anwar said. (ICE KUALA LUMPUR)

Fonte notizia: 31 maggio 2024, Kuala Lumpur