The Honourable Mr Miao Wei, China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology, visited Proton’s latest RM1.2 billion manufacturing plant in Tanjung Malim earlier today as part of the man’s work visit here in Malaysia. Mr Miao Wei was accompanied by YB Tuan Eddin Syazlee Shith, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia together with government officials from both countries.
Hosted by Dato’ Seri Syed Faisal Albar, Chairman of Proton together with Mr Li Shufu, Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the work visit was also accompanied by Dato’ Mohammad Zainal Shaari, Chairman of DRB-HICOM, Dr Li Chunrong, Proton’s CEO, and Dato’ Radzaif Mohamed, Proton’s Deputy CEO plus other senior management members of PROTON.
They were also there to witness the signing of a joint venture agreement between Proton Edar Sdn Bhd, Altel Communications Sdn Bhd and ECarX (Hubei) Technology Co. Ltd, China which will see the beneficial progress in Proton’s future digital technology and car connectivity systems. This will be the key drivers for future auto sales like the ones available in the Proton X70.
According to the Dato’ Sri Syed Faisal Albar, Chairman of Proton, “With the signing of today’s agreement, Proton is taking the next step in its evolution to become an automotive brand offering global products. Collaborations such as this will allow us to gain a foothold in the rapidly progressing area of car connectivity solutions while also increasing the knowledge base of our R&D engineers.”
“It also allows us to explore the possibility of expanding our connectivity solutions to Proton’s export markets, particularly in neighbouring ASEAN countries. This will give Proton a technological advantage as the automotive industry moves towards the next generation of mobility solutions.”
“Proton aims to start the production of the X70 in Tanjung Malim in the second half of this year so we are working hard to ensure we hit the target. It will be a remarkable achievement as in less than two years since the signing of the agreement between DRB-HICOM and Geely, we have reached a significant milestone in our joint effort to return Proton to its position of prominence,” added Dato’ Sri Syed Faisal Albar.