On Friday, November 16th, a delegation composed of H.E. Cristiano Maggipinto, Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia, Datin Paduka Halimah Abdullah, IMBA Vice-president, Enrico Giuntelli, IMBA Secretary General, and representatives from the Italian Trade Agency and MIDA attended the inauguration of STMicroelectronics R&D Center at Testhub Malacca.
The event was also attended by Fabio Gualandris, STM Executive Vice-president of Back-end Manufacturing & Technology and the management team from STM Automotive Discrete Group (ADG) based in Malaysia and Singapore.
Testhub, a Malaysian company located in Batu Berendam Free Trade Zone in Malacca, will develop fully dedicated testing solutions for STM ADG products, manufactured in STM Muar.
Prior to the inauguration of the R&D Center, the same delegation visited STM Muar, where CS Tan, General Manager of Manufacturing of STM Muar, showed the state of the art semiconductor manufacturing facility and Sebastiano Aparo, Senior Director of ADG Product Engineering, and Agelo Cutuli, Director of ADG Product Engineering Asia-pacific, presented the R&D activities performed by STM ADG division to the Ambassador and the other guests.
On October 31st, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia published Industry4WRD, the National Policy for Industry 4.0. The policy outlines a framework of strategies that will transform the manufacturing industry of the Country over the next decade.
The framework, called F.I.R.S.T. (Funding, Infrastructure, Regulations, Skills & Talent, Technology), will increase manufacturing contribution to the economy, improve productivity and innovation and increase the number of skilled workers in the country through:
- Funding and outcome-based incentives
- Enabling ecosystem and efficient digital Infrastructure
- Regulatory Framework and Industry Adoption
- Upskilling existing and producing future talent
- Access to smart technology and standards
The official document outlining the policy in detail can be downloaded at: http://www.miti.gov.my/index.php/pages/view/industry4WRD?mid=559#tab_547_1919
Congratulation to MITI, MIDA and MATRADE for the successful Investment Seminar organized in Milan on November 9th.
We would like to thank YB Datuk Isham Ishak, MITI Secretary General, for mentioning our Association on his keynote address.
IMBA collaborates with MITI and all its agencies to promote Malaysia as the destination of choice in South-east Asia for Italian investments and trade.
Italian companies interested to know more about business opportunities in Malaysia can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our corporate member, Rabin & Associates Chartered Accountants is organizing 2019 Budget & Tax Seminar on 26 November 2018 (Monday) at Kinabalu Auditorium, Menara Hupseng.
Join them at their Annual Tax Seminar to discuss the latest tax and SST developments including their practical applications.
This full day seminar with hearty lunch is FREE on a first come, first served basis (limited to 1 delegate per company).
For enquiries & Registration, please contact:
Ms. Naandhinie email@example.com +603 2711 0080
Ms. Sue Wong firstname.lastname@example.org +603 2166 0085
According to Tetra Pak Index 2018, the online grocery segment in the country is expected to grow significantly and double its market share within the next three years.
Tetra Pak Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines MD John Jose said the widespread use of smartphones has contributed to the growth in online channel for the food category.
Meanwhile, consumer market research company Kantar Worldpanel Malaysia's business group director Cynthia Su said that the food category has been charting a notable upward trend with one out of every three online shopper purchasing food items.
This findings are consistent with the results of the market research conducted by Taylor's University postgrad students that we presented during the official launch of The Italian Emporium last August, which highlighted the interest of Malaysian online users to purchase Italian food products online.
Our objective with The Italian Emporium is to capture this trend and bring authentic, high quality Made in Italy groceries into Malaysian homes through ecommerce.
The original article can be found at the following link: https://themalaysianreserve.com/…/trend-boosts-online-groc…/
We are pleased to announce that our corporate member, RSM Malaysia is organizing the RSM Tax Seminar-2019 Budget on 15 November 2018 (Thursday) at Connexion Conference & Event Centre @ Nexus, Bangsar South City.
The 2019 Malaysian Budget Proposals will be announced and tabled in Parliament on 2nd November 2018 by the Minister of Finance, YB Lim Guan Eng. Join them at this year’s RSM Tax Seminar which will highlight the latest tax and SST developments and provide participants with a practical understanding of the key tax changes presented in the 2019 Budget Proposals.
Regular fee for the seminar is RM550 per pax. IMBA members who register and pay before 30 October 2018 get a special fee of RM480 per pax.
For registration, please email directly to email@example.com or contact the following for any further clarification:
Maya-03 26102831 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lynda-03 26102832 (email@example.com)
Kalvin-03 26102863 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On November 9th, the Malaysia-Italy Partnership: Business Opportunities in Malaysia as the Gateway to Asean Conference will take place at Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan.
The event is organized by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia in collaboration with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority - MIDA and MATRADE HQ.
We are proud to be one of the supporting organizations of the event, which we believe will improve the business relations between our two countries.
The event is open to all business and organizations. To register, please follow this link:https://ent.evenesis.com/SITE/Trade-Investment-Mission-Milan.aspx
In a recent statement, Luigi Di Maio, the Italian Minister of Economic Development, said that it’s time for the Italian Government to work on a multilingual e-commerce portal to help Italian SMEs to export their products online. This statement sparked a heated debate, due to the analogies of this idea with several past and present online platforms.
Indeed, some detractors say that Di Maio’s idea sounds exactly like the currently active “Amazon.it - Made in Italy” portal, while others bring up the failed attempts from previous governments to create a National online platform, such as Italia.it and Verybello.it.
While the idea of supporting SMEs to export their products online is praiseworthy, and even slightly overdue, in the execution of such project it is important to keep into consideration the behaviors of the target consumers. As a matter of fact, one of the main reasons of the failure of the aforementioned portals was the low traffic from overseas users. Simply put, foreign consumers were not aware of the existence of such websites and certainly the .it domain extension didn’t help.
A more effective and efficient approach to support Made in Italy through e-commerce would be to leverage already existing platforms in the different regional markets, which already have a consolidated user base and a customer experience catered for their local consumers.
This is way IMBA is collaborating with Lazada.com, the No. 1 e-commerce in South-east Asia, to launch The Italian Emporium, a portal inside Lazada dedicated to Made in Italy products and brands.
Thanks to Lazada’s established presence, The Italian Emporium will reach millions of consumers in South-east Asia and will provide Italian companies with a digital window to showcase and sell their products in one of the highest growth regions in the world.
Yesterday, 05 September 2018 we attended the InvestKL Merdeka Day Dinner.
It was a great occasion to network with fellow Chambers of Commerce and Business Association as well with the Malaysian Ministries and Goverment Agencies.
During the event, the panelists Y.B Khalid Abdul Samad, Minister of Federal Territories and Y.BHG. Datuk Isham Ishak, Secretary General of Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia, covered several topics regarding the joint efforts of the Malaysian Ministries and Goverment Agencies to further improve the living and business environment of Greater Kuala Lumpur.
Thanks to its partnership with Invest Selangor, IMBA secured an exhibition space at the Selangor International Expo 2018, taking place on 6-9 September 2018 at MITEC, Kuala Lumpur.
Back for its fourth edition, Selangor International Expo 2018 is a F&B trade specific expo which will feature industry players within the F&B industry in ASEAN. Exhibitors will tap to its unique offerings such as the business matching programme and hosted buyers programme to connect with top F&B brands within the region. In 2017, more than 22,000 visitors and 700 exhibitors were present at the Expo.
IMBA will partner with selected Malaysian importers and distributors to showcase some of the best Italian food products available in Malaysia. Visitors are welcome to visit us at booths 216 and 217.
For more information on the Expo, click here.
If you are an importer and/or distributor of Italian food products and you are interested in exhibiting with us, please send an email to email@example.com
Networking Session with Chambers of Commerce, Business and Industry Associations with YB Darell Leiking, Minister of MITI
On 13 August 2018, our Vice-President, Datin Paduka Halimah Abdullah, former Ambassador of Malaysia to Italy, attended a Networking Session with Chambers of Commerce, Business and Industry Associations with YB Darell Leiking, Minister of MITI, organized by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).
During the session, the Minister emphasized the overall economic performance of Malaysia and the role of MITI under the new government to continue pursuing the open economic policy that encourages foreign investment and trade relations.
This is already the second time that a representative of IMBA has met with the Minister and he expressed his interest to establish a regular dialogue with our Association.
IMBA will follow up with the Minister and his staff to initiate a discussion on business opportunities between Italy and Malaysia and to organize a dialogue session event with our Members soon.
Yesterday, 2 August 2018, The Italian Emporium launch event took place at the Westin Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
The Italian Emporium is a unique online platform conceived and managed by IMBA, with the support of the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) in Kuala Lumpur, which provides sellers an opportunity to feature their Made in Italy products on Lazada, the largest online platform in South-east Asia.
We would like to thank all the vendors and guests who attended the event.
In particular we would like to thank H.E. Cristiano Maggipinto, Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia, Hew Wee Choong, VP Investment & Industry Development of MDEC, Christophe Lejeune, CEO of Lazada Malaysia and Dr. Samuele Porsia, the Italian Trade Commissioner, for supporting the event and delivering their speech.
We received very positive feedback from the vendors who attended the event, who expressed their interest in being part of this initiative.
The first vendors will soon be online and ready to sell their goods through The Italian Emporium.
On 31st July 2018 an Italian institutional delegation composed of H.E. Cristiano Maggipinto, Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia, Bruno Bertella, IMBA President and Dr. Samuele Porsia, Trade Commissioner of the Italian Trade Agency, met with the Minister of International Trade and Industry Y.B. Ignatius Darell Leiking.
Present was also the Deputy Minister Y.B. Dr. Ong Kian Ming, accompanyed by high representatives of MITI and MIDA. The meeting, the first with the newly appointed Minister, was held in a very informal and relaxed atmosphere and a number of points related to the trade and investments between our two Countries were discussed.
Our President has given a brief outlook of the Italian business community in Malaysia and exposed the features of most of our Members.
The Italian Emporium, a joint initiative between IMBA and Lazada Malaysia, is an e-commerce platform on Lazada website and mobile app dedicated exclusively to showcase Italian brands and Made in Italy products. This platform will initially allow sellers to reach buyers in Malaysia and Singapore, but soon it will give access to all South-east Asia markets, leveraging the Digital Free Trade Zone.
The Italian Emporium will be the first digital window for Made in Italy products and brands in South-east Asia. It will represent a great opportunity for vendors to gain traction in the e-commerce market in this growing digital era and to increase awareness among South-east Asia consumers about the value and quality of authentic Made in Italy products and brands.
The Offical Launch event will take place on August 2nd at The Westin, Kuala Lumpur.
On Monday 25 June, 10 representatives of IMBA and the Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia, H.E. Cristiano Maggipinto, met the new Minister of Agriculture, YB Tuan Haji Salahuddin Ayub, at the Farmers' Organization Authority Building in Kuala Lumpur.
During the fruitful meeting, the delegation discussed with the Minister about collaboration opportunities between Italy and Malaysia in the agriculture sector and agro-based industry, with a particular emphasis on the application of Italian technology in agriculture automation and aquaculture.
Afterwards, IMBA and the Ministry of Agriculture agreed on resuming their discussion on a follow up meeting soon.
IMBA Executive Committee Member Luciano Pezzotta reelected as Director of Eu-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry
On June 8th, during the 25th Annual General Meeting of the Eu-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EUMCCI), Mr. Luciano Pezzotta, IMBA Executive Committee Member, has been reelected as Director representing IMBA in the EUMCCI Board of Directors.
During his previous mandate, Mr. Pezzotta cemented the relationship between IMBA and EUMCCI, leading to several collaboration projects, including the EU-day Career Roadshow. In his electoral speech Mr. Pezzotta highlighted as the priority for his new mandate to strengthen the involvement of Italian companies in EUMCCI advocacy initiatives, a key platform for the EU business community in Malaysia to join forces and bring forward its strategic priorities, especially in this time of political change.
IMBA would like to wish good luck to Mr. Pezzotta and all the newly elected EUMCCI Directors in their future endeavors.
It is a great pleasure for us to introduce our new Platinum Member, Invest Selangor Berhad.
Invest Selangor is a one-stop agency that provides information, advisory services, as well as start-up or expansion assistance to potential and existing investors in Selangor.
Since their inception, they have attracted more than 4,900 manufacturing projects in the State, being thus indirectly responsible for the creation of 377,287 jobs and attracting more than RM138.6 billion worth of investments.
IMBA is one of the Supporting Partners of Selangor International Business Summit, which is scheduled to take place from 6 to 16 September 2018 at Malaysia International Trade Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur.
For more information about Invest Selangor and Selangor International Business Summit:
On 25th April 2018, the new IMBA Committee has been elected during the Annual General Meeting of the Association.
The new Committee will be composed as follows:
President: Mr. Bruno Bertella
Honorary President: Mr. Michele Dossi
Vice President: Datin Paduka Halimah binti Abdullah
Treasurer: Dato' Robert Teo
Executive Committee Members:
- Mr. Luciano Pezzotta
- Mr. Ugo Castellotti
- Adm. Fernando Ferri
- Mr. Francesco Grigolo
- Mr. Cesare Basile
- Dr. Enrico Magosso
Secretary General: Mr. Enrico Giuntelli
Thanks to all who participated and best wishes to the new Committee that will serve the Association for the next 2 years.
It's a great pleasure for us to introduce our first Platinum Member, STMicroelectronics NV.
ST is a global semiconductor company with net revenues of US$ 6.97 billion in 2016.
Offering one of the industry’s broadest product portfolios, ST serves customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions for Smart Driving and the Internet of Things. By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.
ST is present in Malaysia in Muar, Johor Baru, with its largest manufacturing facility, housing more than 3900 highly skilled employees, and has recently expanded its operations in the Country with the opening of a new design centre for the Automotive & Discrete Group Division.
Make sure to not miss our interview with Angelo Cutuli, STMicroelectronics Asia Pacific Product Engineering Director, featured in the next issue of In Motion, the Italy Malaysia Business Magazine.
Last Friday, March 16th, we launched the 1st issue of In Motion, the Italy Malaysia Business Magazine.
In Motion is a curated monthly newsletter featuring the latest business and economic news regarding Italy and Malaysia, as well as our most recent initiatives.
If you missed it, you can read it here or you can drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you on our database.
p.s. if you are already on our database but you still haven't received it, please check your antispam filters.
Enjoy your read!
The Selangor International Business Summit 2018, scheduled to take place from 6 to 16 September 2018 at Malaysia International Trade Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur will be organized by Invest Selangor Berhad and it will provide a platform for local and foreign SMEs to showcase their latest products & services.
The event allows local and foreign ventures to take their businesses to the next level and strengthen their networks with key industry players. It will be composed of three main events:
- Selangor International Expo 2018 (F&B Trade Exhibition)
- Selangor-ASEAN Business Conference 2018
- Selangor Smart City & Digital Economy Convention 2018
The Official Launch ceremony will take place next Monday, March 19th, at MITEC, Kuala Lumpur.
For more information: Facebook / Website
On Friday, March 2nd, we celebrated the Italian Design Day in Kuala Lumpur with the Opening Ceremony of the UniKL IPROM Stefano Giovannoni Design Gallery, officiated by H.E Cristiano Maggipinto, Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia, and Prof. Dato' Dr. Mazliham Mohd Su'ud, President and CEO of UniKL.
During the event, Prof. Luca Fois, Creative Adivsor and Event Design Professor of Politecnico di Milano, delivered a speech on design and sustainability to the attending students.
On 8 January 2018 our President, Bruno Bertella, has accompanied the Ambassador of Italy to Malaysia, H.E. Cristiano Maggipinto, to a visit to Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (Malaysia Innovation Agency). The Ambassador and Bruno were received by Mr. Naser Jaafar (CEO), Mr. Abdullah Arshad (COO) and Ms. Janette George. The meeting was very informative, aimed at explore potential collaborations between Italy and Malaysia in the area of innovation. Agensi Inovasi Malaysia is already in collaboration with a few italian companies in the area of biomass.
IMBA, in collaboration with EUMCCI, is organizing a career fair roadshow for European companies in 3 major Malaysian universities.
The EU DAY - TALENT ROADSHOW will bring EU companies into direct contact with selected universities in Malaysia and enable them to present themselves to University students with exhibition booths, presentation slots and direct one-to-one talks. On the other hand, Malaysian Students will gain the opportunity to get direct information about your company, and apply directly for a job or an internship.
Malaysia’s job market is growing fast, as multinational companies take advantage of the country’s geographical location, multi-lingual capabilities and abundant pool of relatively young, skilled and educated workers to set up their manufacturing facilities and regional service centres.
However, many companies in Malaysia – both foreign and local – have reported their difficulties in facing talent recruitment as well as retainment. The following questions arise: Is the right talent coming out of the Universities? Vice versa, are the companies who are looking for talents well-known enough and attractive to graduates and potential future employees? While job descriptions may be quite clear and the salary attractive, factors like working environment & culture, mentorship, team structures and support, as well as personal development are equally important factors to young talents nowadays.
The roadshow shall take place in April 2018 at 3 major universities, with a duration of one day for each event respectively:
• UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA (USM) / 11 April 2018, Penang
• TAYLOR’S UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA / 17 April 2018, Kuala Lumpur
• UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA (UM) / 26 April 2018, Kuala Lumpur
The benefits for participatig companies are:
• The best way to minimize cost, time and effort in advertising and recruiting new staff;
• The easiest and cheapest way for companies to meet students/future employees;
• To share the company profile to higher educational institutions and the society;
• Give a chance for students to know what the company requirements in the recruiting process are.
The project is co-funded by the European Union, therefore the participation fee is only RM 15,000 (+ GST) for all 3 locations. The participation fee includes: organization of the respective events, exhibition booths, presentation slots, direct one-to-one talks, catering during the day.
For further information about the events, don’t hesitate to contact us.