July 26, 2012

National Instruments Announces R&D Expansion in Penang


National Instruments, a global technology company that began operations in Malaysia in 2009 with an $80 million capital investment, recently announced plans for a significant expansion of the research and development (R&D) center in Penang. Over the next five years, NI plans to recruit 250 engineers in the Penang R&D center in electrical, mechanical and engineering management. 

Once completed, the expansion will make NI Penang the largest R&D center for National Instruments outside of its headquarters in Austin, Texas. National Instruments provides engineers and scientists with software and hardware to meet any engineering challenge, including test, measurement, control and embedded design applications. 

“We are pleased that National Instruments has decided to expand their R&D operations in Malaysia,” said Dato’ Sri Mustapa Bin Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry. “This is a testament to the continued attractiveness of Malaysia for multinationals.”

“National Instruments is expanding our R&D efforts in Penang because of the advantages that Malaysia offers,” said Scott Rust, vice president of R&D at National Instruments. “Malaysia’s highly talented and creative workforce, excellent university system, cost-competitive environment and strong support from the government match well with our global R&D growth plan and help us accelerate the introduction of new and innovative products to meet our customers’ needs.” 

“We are honored to witness the announcement by National Instruments,” said Datuk Noharuddin Nordin, CEO of the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA). “This expansion creates high-quality jobs and will contribute to the transformation of the Malaysian economy.”

“We want to thank MIDA for their continued support of facilitating National Instruments’ plans in Malaysia,” said Rajesh Purushothaman, managing director of NI Penang. “This expansion in R&D with the integrated operations center in Penang positions National Instruments to meet our future growth.” 

For a listing of jobs in Penang, visit 
www.ni.com/careers and select the “Search for Jobs (Penang, Malaysia)” link in the left-hand navigation bar. 

About National Instruments
Since 1976, National Instruments (www.ni.com) has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. NI’s graphical system design approach to engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system needing measurement and control. The company’s long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders.