Penang’s Chief Minister lights up Philips Lumileds factory with inaugural visit

August 2, 2010

Penang’s Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng signing the plaque to commemorate his first visit to Philips Lumileds’ factory. Accompanying him from L-R is Jascha Ortmanns, VP of Asia Operations; Akos Nagy, Site Financial Controller; and Glen Brownlie, General Manager, Philips Lumileds Lighting Malaysia.

Bayan Lepas, Malaysia – Penang’s Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng brought a bright spark to Philips Lumileds’ 1,800 employees when he visited their factory here today. His first visit to the site, Lim was greeted by Glen Brownlie, General Manager; Jascha Ortmanns, VP of Asia Operations; and Lee Weng Seong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Philips Group of Companies in Malaysia, who gave the state’s premier a brief on the factory’s history before embarking on an exclusive tour of the site. The Chief Minister then capped off proceedings by signing a plaque to commemorate his visit and the state’s long-standing relationship with Philips. 


The LEDs produced at Philips Lumileds factory in Bayan Lepas are subsequently distributed for global consumption. With over 10 years of operation in Penang, Philips has been a long-term investor in the state’s development into becoming the Silicon Valley of Malaysia – Penang contributes nearly one third of Malaysia’s exports value and more than 50% of electronic exports. Philips Lumileds Lighting Company is a leading manufacturer of high-power LEDs and a pioneer in the use of solid-state lighting solutions for everyday purposes including general illumination, automotive lighting, and consumer electronics like LCD displays.


Penang’s Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng looking at one of the machines at the Philips Lumileds’ factory.

The Chief Minister’s visit is part of his familiarization of the various industries that have operations in the state. Penang’s GDP has grown from approximately RM1.3 billion in 1970 to RM33 billion to date and this increase is largely due to the expanding manufacturing sector that now accounts for 39% of Penang’s economy. At the recent World Cities Summit’s Ministerial Dialogue, Lim reiterated his focus to propel Penang forward as an international city, high-income & knowledge economy with a GDP of USD20 billion and per capita income of USD15,000 by 2020.


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About Philips Lumileds

Philips Lumileds is a leading provider of power LEDs for illumination solutions. The company's leading light output, efficacy and thermal management are direct results of the ongoing commitment to advancing solid-state lighting technology and enabling lighting solutions that are more environmentally friendly, help reduce CO2 emissions and reduce the need for power plant expansion. Philips Lumileds' LUXEON LEDs are enabling new solutions for shop, outdoor, office, school, and home lighting applications..

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs more than 116,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 23 billion in 2009, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare.