June 23, 2011

National Instruments Breaks Ground on R&D and Operations Facility in Penang


National Instruments, a global company that develops and manufactures software and hardware products engineers and scientists use for test, control and embedded design applications, today is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for its planned R&D and operations facility in Penang, Malaysia. The ceremony will be attended by Malaysian Minister of Trade and Industry Y.B. Dato' Sri Mustapa Bin Mohamed and Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng and marks the beginning of construction on the new facility, which is scheduled to be complete in 2012. National Instruments is developing the facility as part of the company’s ongoing plan to expand global operations to support the company’s growth. 

“Today’s groundbreaking on the National Instruments R&D and operations facility is an exciting milestone in the ongoing collaboration between Malaysia and National Instruments,” said Y.B. Dato' Sri Mustapa Bin Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry in Malaysia. “National Instruments has brought numerous high-value jobs to the country, and our investment in the company’s success is in line with the goals of the Economic Transformation Programme and our long-term vision of making Malaysia a high-income nation.”

The new 314,000 square foot R&D and operations facility will be located on part of the company’s 23 acres of land in Bayan Lepas, an industrial area home to several global high-tech companies. The facility will have an open floor plan and many environmentally conscious features such as energy efficient lighting, motion-activated light switches and plumbing controls and double-glazed Low-E glass windows to prevent heat gain. Additionally, the building will employ a system developed by Chiller Energy Management Systems (CEMS) Engineering that uses National Instruments products, including NI LabVIEW software, to achieve energy-saving central air conditioning.

“National Instruments has been a wonderful addition to Penang, bringing good jobs that are well suited to the talents of our region’s workforce,” said Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang. “National Instruments has long been recognized as a ‘100 Best Places to Work’ company, and we are pleased they are bringing that same culture of excellence to Penang.”

Approximately 1,500 employees working in manufacturing, product development, R&D, IT and finance will occupy the new site in Penang over the next 10 years. National Instruments is actively recruiting employees for its Penang operation, including experienced engineers to fill key R&D positions. 

“National Instruments is pleased with the progress we have made to establish a world-class R&D and operations facility in Penang,” said Alex Davern, chief operating officer at National Instruments. “We have already had great success in attracting quality talent from the region and are confident our Penang operation will expand our ability to deliver the high-quality, cutting-edge technology customers expect from National Instruments.”

Readers interested in applying for jobs in Penang can visit www.ni.com/careers and select the “Search for Jobs (Penang, Malaysia)” link in the left-hand navigation bar. Interested readers may also visit www.jobstreet.com, an online job website for Malaysia, and type in National Instruments to see the company’s current job openings.

About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with its largest customer representing approximately 4 percent of revenue in 2010 and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has approximately 5,500 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 12 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.