NCER Priority Sectors


NCER Priority Sectors



NCER’s manufacturing sector is a prime mover of the region’s economy and a strong contributor to Malaysia’s GDP.


Over the last decade, the sector attracted nearly RM80 billion in investments, which resulted in the creation of high-value jobs and spurred the establishment of local supply chains to support the sector’s strong growth.

Major projects carried out include the Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP), Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST), and growing the local manufacturing ecosystem.
Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP)
Effort to increase the liveability and competitiveness of the park.
RM29.71 billion private investment (2018); 26,862 jobs; RM3,450 average monthly wage.
Collaborative Research In Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST)
Developed new nanotechnology-based wafer for LED & SSL industries.
GaN-on-GaN initiative catalysed the RM1.5 billion investment by OSRAM in 2016.
Growing Local Manufacturing Ecosystem and Supporting Enabler
Establishment of a test and measurement hub by Keysight Technologies with two local design partners.
TF-AMD’s collaboration with 12 local automation companies in developing automation solutions in assembly and test manufacturing.
1st Light Emitting Diode (LED) / Solid State Lighting (SSL) testing and certification centre in Malaysia.

Key Investments

RM1.5 Bil

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RM4.4 Bil

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RM6.0 Bil

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RM1.6 Bil

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RM1.0 Bil

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RM1.5 Bil

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Our key subsectors



The aerospace industry will be a new catalyst of growth for the region. It is recognised as a national strategic industry and is projected to grow significantly on the back of continued orders for aircraft components.Within NCER, this industry has been developed at Batu Kawan and Bukit Kayu Hitam, and will be strengthened further through projects such as the Sidam Logistics, Aerospace and Manufacturing Hub (SLAM) in Kedah.



NCER is a key region for the automotive industry, with existing operations in Tanjung Malim in Perak, as well as Gurun and Kulim in Kedah.Moving forward, infrastructure in existing automotive hubs such as PROTON City will be further enhanced. In addition, SME industrial parks will be developed to support existing manufacturing operations.



Under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP), the medical devices industry is projected to be among the nation’s top industries, with Pulau Pinang identified as a major cluster. The state is home to one third of the country’s medical devices MNCs, including B-Braun, Boston Scientific, Abbott Laboratories, Integer, Haemonetics, Japan Lifeline, Tecomet and more.To strengthen the region’s position as a prominent player in this sub sector, NCIA will be driving initiatives to encourage cooperation between Pulau Pinang and Kedah to establish a conducive ecosystem for medical devices manufacturing.



Malaysia’s rubber industry began way back in 1878 and remains an integral part of the country’s economy. As of 2017, it is the fifth largest producer and exporter of natural rubber globally, and a leader in the production and export of rubber products.Under 11MP, Kedah Rubber City (KRC) in NCER has been identified as a growth node to re-engineer growth and productivity in the rubber manufacturing sector. Key initiatives in the pipeline include infrastructure enhancements such as upgrading broadband and road connectivity. There will also be a continuation of the Rubber City Smallholders Programme to upskill the smallholders of rubber plantations.



The FMCG industry fulfills the basic wants and needs of consumers, and is therefore an important contributor to any country’s economy. In Malaysia, some of the biggest FMCG MNCs that have become household names include Unilever, Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive, DKSH, Dutch Lady and many more.Under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), FMCG is another new manufacturing sub sector that will be further developed in NCER to cater to the region’s growing population.



To further strengthen the E&E and M&E industries, initiatives such as the single campus concept will be introduced to focus on the synergies between the NCER states to create a more conducive ecosystem for the sub sectors.

Incentives & Facilitation

NCER offers investors a dynamic and vibrant business ecosystem with ideal opportunities for growth and profits. Potential investors are welcomed to explore available incentives and facilitation by NCIA

High Impact Projects & Initiatives

The Key Industrial Parks

NCIA is spearheading the development of several key industrial parks throughout the NCER. Investors are welcomed to explore opportunities at these industrial parks, where each one of them has its own niche focus areas that are aimed at leveraging the existing strengths of NCER.




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