Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Intel Malaysia: Transforming the Way We Work

Intel Malaysia Opens Largest Building outside the US that incorporates Intel’s New Corporate Office Standard

GEORGE TOWN, February 19, 2013 – Intel Malaysia today officially opened the doors to its PG7 building, Intel’s largest project out of the United States incorporating its new Corporate Office Standard. Intel’s PG7 building was retrofitted from one of its existing properties in Penang’s Free Industrial Zone and boasts 153,000 square feet of office space including a brand-new cafeteria, and will house more than 10% of Intel Malaysia’s over 9,000 employees.

“We have been looking forward to the launch of the PG7 building for awhile now and I am glad to note that our wait has finally been rewarded with a brand new workspace where the Intel family can come together to continue the great work we’ve been doing since our establishment here in 1972,” said Robin Martin, Managing Director Intel Malaysia. “Intel is investing in our work environment to make it more effective, efficient, productive, and enjoyable. Some of the many benefits of this new office design include flexible work areas, more conference rooms, and areas to encourage creativity and collaboration. Of course, the launch of Intel PG7 is a symbol of Intel’s continued commitment to Malaysia and represents our continuing investment into the Malaysian economy.”

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng dotting the eyes of a lion at the launch of Intel PG7 building.

“The new PG7 building incorporates Intel Corporation's new plan for office design,” said Alan Schijf, Asia Pacific Regional General Manager for Corporate Services. “For example, the building features open areas for 1:1s, collaboration, work breaks, and team discussions. These free and open spaces encourage spontaneous and creative collaboration in an open and pleasant environment.

“In addition to providing the best working environment for our employees, we also made sure that PG7 is eco-friendly as well. We reused and recycled over 18,000 tons of material in the construction of PG7. That’s equivalent to around 2,570 truckloads of potential waste diverted from landfills towards their new potential!” Schijf added. “Ultimately, we aim to make PG7 a home away from home for our colleagues in Intel.”
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng taking a tour of the Intel PG7 Cafeteria.

Intel’s new Corporate Office Standard started in 2007 in response to the need to update Intel’s office environment to accommodate the latest technology, increase collaboration, provide for the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce, and improve utilization of Intel’s office assets.

Some of the new spaces added include community zones where employees can meet for 1:1s and team gatherings, collaboration rooms which are four-person conference rooms, phone booths which are one-to-two-person conference rooms for more private conversations, and new workstations with advanced ergonomic features.
 (Left to right) Intel Malaysia Human Resources Director, Suresh Chandra, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II, Dr. Ramasamy Palanisamy, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Intel Malaysia Managing Director, Robin Martin and Asia Pacific Regional General Manager for Corporate Services, Alan Schijf at the launch of Intel PG7 building.

Also present to officiate at the opening ceremony was Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.  In offering his congratulations to Intel, he said, “I’d like to commend Intel Malaysia for playing its part in spearheading an innovation-based economy in Malaysia. In making Malaysia one of Intel’s largest home bases in the world for over four decades, Intel has demonstrated its commitment to the country by establishing its operations in Penang and Kulim as strategic technology innovation centres, focused on transforming Malaysia’s economy.”

Intel Malaysia’s operations are conducted out of a high- tech campus with 10 buildings on the island as well as on the mainland in Kulim, Kedah. Today, Intel Malaysia runs its operations with key competencies that support Intel’s various platform challenges.
(Left to right) Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Intel Malaysia Managing Director, Robin Martin at the launch of Intel PG7 building.

This includes its role as one of Intel’s largest Assembly, Test and Manufacturing (ATM) facilities contributing significantly to Intel Corporation’s high volume manufacturing that supports a broad product range including microprocessors, chipsets, network processors and motherboards.

In addition, Intel Malaysia has built strong credentials in design and development with two design centers in Malaysia under the Intel Architecture Group: a Chip Design Center in Penang and a Board Design Center in Kulim. Furthermore,  Intel Malaysia plays a strategic role as the regional and global centre for shared services in IT, Finance and Human Resources.
(Left to right) Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng,  Penang Deputy Chief Minister II, Dr. Ramasamy Palanisamy and Intel Malaysia Managing Director, Robin Martin viewing a flexible workstation at the Intel PG7 building.

To date, Intel’s initial investment of US$1.6 million (RM5.6 million) has grown to more than US$4 billion (RM12.43 billion) with Intel Malaysia making its mark as the most complex offshore site among Intel’s global operations.

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