March 21, 2006 – Entegris Inc., Chaska, MN, is investing $5.2 million to nearly double manufacturing capacity at its facility in Kulim, Malaysia, to prepare for an anticipated upswing in the region that produces more than half of its revenues.
Construction began last month and will be complete by September for the 91,000 sq. ft addition, which will house R&D and manufacturing. Company officials indicated they also expect to invest “several million dollars” in R&D over the next several years at the site, matched by funds from the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority.
Gideon Argov, Entegris president and CEO, stated the expansion “boils down to two positive results — lowering manufacturing costs, and improving service by being close to customers wherever they may be in the world.”
Entegris’ Kulim plant, built in 1997, focuses on R&D for the company’s wafer handling, liquid dispense and finished electronics packaging (data storage, flat-panel displays) products. This expansion project follows the opening of a new regional service center in Hsinchu, Taiwan last fall.