September 5, 2014
Motorola Solutions opens state-of the art R&D center in Penang
PENANG, MALAYSIA. – Sept. 5 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers, today opened its new research and development (R&D) center in Penang, known as the “Innoplex.” Equipped with state-of the-art laboratories, and product design and development capabilities, the center is set to focus on developing the next generation of mission-critical Land Mobile Radio (LMR), broadband-LTE devices and system solutions for the company’s customers throughout the world.
Y.B. Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry was present to officiate the launch of the Innoplex, which is currently the company’s largest R&D facility outside the United States. The new premise encompasses 227,000 square feet on seven floors and is linked via a bridge to the Motorola Solutions’ manufacturing facility, known as the Technoplex. With the opening of this center, the Innoplex will assist to integrate the company’s operations in Penang into a single site.
Moreover, the new one-stop design center will have approximately 1,200 engineers and support associates onsite, and will also accommodate teams from various disciplines including industrial design, software, electrical and electronics engineering, mechanical engineering and program management.
The laboratories are fitted with advanced test equipment to conduct rigorous compliance testing of radio communications products, along with development of new products. The Innoplex will also help the company consolidate all its R&D functions, creating an ideal environment for improved productivity and operational efficiency.
Since its establishment in 1974, Malaysia has been a key market for Motorola Solutions in the Asia-Pacific region, with a total investment of RM4 billion over the past four decades. With the recent launch of its Global Solutions Support Centre and Network Operations Centre in Penang, the company continues to play an important role in the development of Malaysia’s technology industry.
Motorola Solutions has been an active contributor to the country’s Electrical and Electronics New Key Economic Area, a major component of the government’s Economic Transformation Program. The company is also a founding member of the Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) center, which aims to accelerate the economic growth of the electrical and electronic sector in Malaysia.
The opening of the Innoplex will not only advance the company’s technology and manufacturing capabilities, but will also support the government’s goal of becoming an innovation-led, knowledge-based economy by 2020.
Dato’ Sri Mustapa Bin Mohamed, Minister of International Trade & Industry, Malaysia
“We applaud Motorola Solutions' involvement in supporting the Economic Transformation Programme and for contributing towards developing the local talent, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The enhancement of human capital and contribution to the knowledge workforce in Malaysia has been a catalyst for growth and development of new technologies in communications, manufacturing and public safety.”
Bruce Brda, Senior Vice President, Systems and Products, Motorola Solutions, Inc.
“The opening of the Innoplex building not only marks another historical milestone for the Penang site, it also stamps a new era of opportunity for this Malaysian site to join an elite group of innovators and inventors across the company. They will help ensure Motorola Solutions continues to meet and exceed the expectations of the customers, focusing from built-quality and reliability of our products, to the development and usage of leading-edge technologies that deliver the right solutions at the right time for our customers.”
Dr. Hari Narayanan, Managing Director – Penang Operations, Motorola Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
"The opening of the Innoplex represents a significant milestone for Motorola Solutions in Malaysia as we celebrate our 40-year presence in this country. The Innoplex is one of the largest design centres in Malaysia and in Motorola Solutions as well. As we consolidate all of our R&D facilities and functions, we look forward to success and achievement as our dedicated and capable team continue to develop innovative solutions for our customers.”