Monday, January 4, 2016

Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group Opens New Asian Information Technology Centre

City Bids for Supremacy as IT Services in the Region Develop
Shipping News Feature
MALAYSIA – Kerry Logistics, headquartered in Hong Kong and a leading power in the freight forwarding sector in Asia particularly, has continued its expansion in the region with the opening of a new IT Development Centre in Penang to harness internet technology in support of its rapidly growing international operations. The centre is a first for the group and the special occasion was marked by an opening ceremony officiated by The Rt. Honourable Mr Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang and The Honourable Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, COO of the Multimedia Development Corporation.

As part of its overall IT development strategy, Kerry Logistics will use the new IT Development Centre in Penang as an offshore support centre to share resources amongst different offices globally, in a bid to increase operational efficiency at lower costs. The company says Penang’s economy has been developing at a stunning rate for the past 10 years, making it one of the fastest growing states in Malaysia. At the opening ceremony, George Yeo, Chairman of Kerry Logistics, remarked:

“The Penang Government has played an important role in promoting the IT development of this city, making it one of the preferred Asia technology bases of many international IT giants. Establishing our IT Development Centre in this dynamic city will provide us readily available local IT resources, a strong pool of multilingual talents, and good infrastructure support.”

The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is a government sponsored initiative which started life in 1996 with a mission to promote Malaysia as a global hub and a preferred location for ICT industries in the Asian region, with Penang seen as an eastern version of Silicon Valley, and the city has certainly attracted investment from various multinational corporations. In welcoming the new Kerry Logistics project Mr Lim Guan Eng commented:

“It is with great honour that we add Kerry Logistics to the growing list of leading edge, innovative companies in Penang. Kerry Logistics’ global presence and experience in the logistics arena will help strengthen Penang’s position as a regional logistics and IT hub. Kerry Logistics follows a long list of Forbes 500 companies that have sited their principal facilities here. The rapid expansion plan that Kerry Logistics has in Penang will also provide development opportunities for our local talents in gaining international exposure. We look forward to working closely with Kerry Logistics.”

Photo: The Rt. Honourable Mr Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang (5th from the right), The Honourable Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, COO of MDeC (5th from the left) and George Yeo, Chairman of Kerry Logistics (4th from the right) at the opening ceremony.