When flying in over Penang and after landing at its airport it becomes clear that this island has a lot of industries. When driving towards George Town, passing by the industrial zones covering large area it also gets very visible what kind of industries – names like Broadcom, Bosch and Western Digital appear along the road. For those not familiar with Penang it is well known as an Electrical and Electronics hub, playing a big part in that Malaysia is now the world’s seventh largest E&E exporter. Names like Broadcom, Bosch and Western Digital appear along the road.
But Penang is equally known for its history going back many centuries (even more so after George Town obtained Unesco heritage site status soon ten years ago) and that has formed the unique foundation for today’s Penang. The island became a western trading outpost in the late 1700s but even earlier it was a centre for trade.
Invest In Penang, the Penang State Government’s investment promotion agency, situated in Bayan Lepas industrial zone points out this history.