Panasonic Corporation Air Quality & Air Conditioning Company recently commenced operations of the state-of-the-art facilities at Panasonic Appliances Air Conditioning R&D Malaysia Sdn. Bhd (PAPARADMY).
The facilities include the first ‘simultaneous hot water and air conditioning multi-test laboratory’, to shorten the development lead time of air conditioning equipment for the global market, mainly in ASEAN and Europe, and to accelerate development tailored to local needs.
Tan Sri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob, chairman of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), applauded Panasonic’s decision to establish their new R&D building in Malaysia.
He said: “Panasonic stands as a shining example of corporate transformation and growth, adeptly navigating the dynamic landscape of manufacturing technology. Operating nine manufacturing facilities and twelve entities engaged in R&D, sales, and management, Panasonic’s comprehensive approach fosters economic growth across diverse sectors, generating around 17,000 job opportunities.”
“The R&D centre in Malaysia is set to be upgraded from a supporting role to a global leadership role, spearheading R&D for new products and emerging technologies for Panasonic’s global business.
“This transformation is a testament to Panasonic’s commitment to innovation and development. With the support of the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry (MITI) and MIDA, Panasonic Group’s achievements in Malaysia are made possible through a strategic alliance aimed at transforming the Malaysian electrical and electronics (E&E) industry and contributing to its technological advancement.”
In ASEAN, the construction of buildings and other large properties is progressing along with population growth, and demand for commercial air conditioning is growing steadily. In addition, the global market for air conditioning using heat pump technology with high energy-saving performance, A2W, and “water circulation air conditioning” in the commercial domain is expanding.
“In this environment, we will strengthen research and development by operating a new R&D building. The new building is adjacent to PAPARADMY’s current experimental and office building, and has three floors with a total floor area of 10,900 m2,” Panasonic said in a statement.
Panasonic has two companies in Malaysia: Panasonic Appliances Air Conditioning Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (PAPAMY), a production and sales base for room air conditioners, commercial air conditioners, and heat pump water heaters. PAPAMY was founded in 1973 and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.