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Sony To Shut Malaysia Factory At Penang: Report

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  • Sony will consolidate its manufacturing operations by transferring its operations in Penang to Selangor
  • Operations at the plant will end by 30th September and it will shut by the end of March 2022

As per a report by Reuters, Sony Corp said that it will close a factory in Malaysia next year to consolidate its operations in its other plant in the state for efficiency. The company told Reuters in an email to Reuters that it always takes into account market conditions, business growth potential and other factors, as part of a continuous review of its investments and business operations.

The report added that Penang-based Human Resources Division head Ric Ong said that as a part of this review, Sony will consolidate its manufacturing operations by transferring its operations in Penang to Selangor, to further enhance operational efficiency. Operations at the plant will end by 30th September and it will shut by the end of March 2022. This will affect 3,600 employees in Penang added the report. Penang’s trade chairman Abdul Halim Hussain told local news portal FMT that some of the Penang employees will be transferred to the other plant.

Produces home audio, network Walkman, headphones and battery products

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The report added that Sony began operations in Malaysia in October 1973 providing marketing, selling and servicing consumer electronics products, as well as broadcast and professional products and solutions as per the website. The report further said that the Penang plant mainly produces home audio, network Walkman, headphones and battery products. The Selangor plant near the capital Kuala Lumpur manufactures LCD TV, Blu-ray Player and other key components.

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