Perodua Global Manufacturing plant officially opened – RM1.3bil EEV factory based on Daihatsu Kyushu

PGM Opening 2

Perodua’s new factory, Perodua Global Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (PGM), was officially opened today. The ceremony was officiated by minister of domestic trade co-operatives and consumerism Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin, representing deputy PM Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Also present was the Japanese ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Makio Miyagawa; Daihatsu Motor Co chairman, Koichi Ina; Perodua chairman Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin; Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh and PGM MD Datuk Ahmad Suhaimi Hashim.

PGM, which is adjacent to the original Perodua factory in the carmaker’s Sg Choh base, spans 64,000 square metres and required a RM1.3 billion investment to build and equip. Announced in December 2012, construction started in March 2013 and the plant started rolling out the Axia model since August 2014. As of December 2015, PGM has produced 138,000 units of the popular Axia. The plant’s capacity is 100,000 units on a single shift, which can be doubled.

PGM makes the Axia, and its next project could be P2’s first sedan; Myvi and Alza are from the older plant

The Myvi and Alza are made in the older plant in Rawang. Perodua also has new plants to supply it with engines and transmissions. Both are located in Sendayan TechValley near Seremban.

“PGM is one of Perodua’s main transformation initiatives to become a globally competitive brand in terms of quality, cost management and delivery,” Asmat said, explaining the “global” part of the company name.

“The design, technology and concept of this facility are based on the ‘Simple, Slim and Compact’ philosophy. ‘Simple’ here refers to the work process which is easy to understand and implement, while ‘Slim’ refers to efficiency and dedication towards the elimination of wastages – in all forms – and ‘Compact’ refers to the maximisation of space for optimum production,” he elaborated.

The new plant features, among other things, increased automated welding (full automation for under and main body), automatic body accuracy measurement, the latest 3-Wet Waterborne Paint, enhanced dustproofing for the paint shop and a brighter/quieter working environment.

PGM Opening 1

The original P2 plant’s quality, defects per unit (DPU) and efficiency used to be lower than that of Daihatsu plants in Japan and Indonesia, and PGM’s goal is to be better than Indonesia and closer to the levels of Daihatsu Motor Kyushu Co Ltd (DKC), Daihatsu’s leading plant in Japan.

High automation and a “jigless” system aside, PGM also brings a new corporate culture to the Malaysian market leader, an example for the rest of the company to follow. Over 260 staff have been sent to DKC to not only learn about manufacturing, but to acquire the “spirit” behind the efficient Japanese factory.

Yours truly visited DKC’s Nakatsu Plant 2 in 2013, and you can read our feature story to learn more about the factory that PGM mirrors.

What’s PGM’s progress in its goal to reach global standards of quality and efficiency? The plant is less than two years old, and standards are already competitive with Daihatsu in Indonesia, but there’s still some way to go in matching DKC, according to Asmat. Ganbatte!

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • Open Letter to Asmat and Aminar on Jan 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Hello Asmat and Aminar. The rakyat don’t want all this lah. They want the most basic safety put into Perodua cars. VSC and ABS also tak ada, you all want to do all this mumbo jumbo?

    Remember Asmat and Aminar, Perodua, like Proton has been given a free ride in Malaysia. Not just Proton but also Perodua also have been given maximum protection from MITI. MITI has virtually forced all other car brands to price 30% above your prices to protect both Proton and Perodua.

    So, Perodua, the past 20 years have been given a free passport in Malaysia. But in return, they cannot even give us buyers ABS or VSC in their cars.

    This what happens when crony UMW has a big share in Perodua. Just like Toyota, they take out the basic and essential safety features at the expense of our lives.

    And who owns UMW? Majority owned by our beloved Kerajaan, PNB, Khazanah and EPF.

    Enough of wasting RM1.3 billion. Just use that money to give basic safety features in your existing current cars.

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    • OMG…as long as they still govern, it will be the same old SHIT for coming years…Just try our luck in next election…hahahha

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      • UMW toyota is crony of Party Hard and Camry is the official vehicle of Kingdom of Selangor and the Peoples Republic of Penang. Even their hero K.Singh died in their coffin mover aka Last Ride aka Alphat

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        • Otak Udang on Jan 12, 2016 at 7:21 pm

          Dun talk without brain. It was BN cronies created P1 and P2 la

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    • Mari Bersyukur on Jan 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      i agree fully. Sad that most Perodua buyers get low safety cars but they will go around saying syukurlah, negara masih aman dan damai.

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    • Punched on Jan 13, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Proton should buy transmissions and engines from Perodua. Proven quality and easily restore confidence for rakyat to buy Proton again. Swallow the pride lah Proton!

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  • Open Letter to Chairman Koichi Ina on Jan 12, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you for coming out with this plant BUT what Malaysians want is lower prices. Your boss Najib already promise the rakyat 30% reduction in car prices. As a national car maker, you should start first reducing your car prices before others start to follow.

    Do you know why you have done well the past 20 years? You have done well merely because MITI has jacked up the prices of all other cars by RM30k that we Malaysians are forced to buy your car, being the cheapest.

    But your car has ZERO safety features which puts of lives and our family in constant danger. We can only pray that we don’t meet an accident. If that happens, we are dead on the spot. Until today, still no VSC. VSC is now basic and compulsory in any car in Europe.

    Again I tell you, Please don’t compromise on yours cars. You have indeed done well with your cars but at our detriment and at the expense of our safety. We are no more your guinea pigs Perodua. Give us cheaper prices as well as VSC and more airbags.

    People always pick and condemn Proton but you too have got all the Protectionism like Proton. Yes, Proton may have sucked tens of billions to stay afloat, but you Perodua, though you have not sucked that much, you have benefitted from MITI protectionism.

    Honda for instance was about to sell their Honda City for RM50k. But this proposal was shot down by MITI. How do I know? Well I used to work for Honda at a very high level. We used to negotiate with MITI. But MITI was always demanding we increase our prices.

    So, Perodua, don’t be proud of your Rm1.3 bil plant, especially this EEV. Your cars, still can be reduced further and improve safety features. We are overpaying you as you have still not reduced your car prices by 30% as promised by your big boss Najib and given us safey features.

    You are still screwing the lower income people. The big guns in Perodua Boardroom all earn 6 figures per month so they don’t know about the man on the street who still earns RM900 per month. People say, even with RM10k is hard to live in KL. Can you imagine somebody earning RM900?

    We tend to blame Toyota and Honda for high prices but let us assume they are for the middle upper class and Perodua is for the middle lower and lower income people.

    Perodua is still very pricey and burdensome for the lower income. Don’t be proud Perodua. Lower your car prices Perodua.

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    • 1.3turbo on Jan 12, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Underpower engine. Coming 1.3 campro turbo is more rhan enough to smoke those coffin cars, not to mention more safer.

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      • Petrolhead on Jan 17, 2016 at 6:05 pm

        With a body weigh under a ton,the engine is powerful enough and beside…campro engine is not that powerful even with turbo unless it’s an aftermarket turbo and also as many people know that a campro engine is unreliable but atleast it’s getting better in the newer proton.

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  • shukur on Jan 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Good to see progress made by P2 & proof that
    all the investments are put to good use.
    Wherelse in Tanjung Malim the public is shunned away from
    all the under utilized capacity and zero progress..
    Billions are channeled year after year into P1 for useless R&D
    with nothing to show for at the end of the day,

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    • Billions of R&D dollars saves lives , unlike this moving coffin is sending pipu into the ground everyday. Body bag counts dun lie.

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    • Jelly on Jan 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Even saga got new powertrain. Vios got? Nah.

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  • hamidon on Jan 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Proton cyber troppers and butt hurt fans can only harp
    on the same tagline day after day.
    P1 can have all the safety features but what sells is
    its final drive. Just face it, P1 drivetrain sucks and the
    sales numbers don’t lie.

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    • Viosfan on Jan 12, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Same goes to proton bashers. Same tagline everyday. At least no dino aged engine plus gearbox like vios

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  • Daihatsu is called DKC, so P2 shud now be known as PKB (Perodua Keranda Bergerak)

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    • rahmat on Jan 12, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Karma will get you John & your family too.
      So much hatred towards everything.
      You must be a loser in life
      I forgive you and I understand your handicap.

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      • Yes I hate pipu who worship these jepunis as if hi keras human but in actual they think ur lives are less than their dogs.

        I hate pipu who cannot see that while P2 is stagnant in giving more safety (which exist in their donor models), yet will bash P1 even though its improving with each model.

        And I especially hate pipu who think their toyota and P2 are lexus but when comes to accident it will crumple like lexus biscuit.

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    • peace on Jan 12, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Hey dun be so dumb.there are tons of p2 owner out there.u dun like it pls shut pls mind your words

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  • Hentamajela on Jan 12, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Nampak sgt miti nak duit….syabas malaysia sebab bodoh.

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  • normal_user on Jan 12, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Really Perodua? If quality is to match that of Japanese, why my brother’s spanking new Axia rattles here & there, and some more got gaps on interior panels??

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    • P2 fanbois and P1 bashers will say its user problem, its not jepunis fault, they are perfect, its ur bro stupid dunno how to use his car

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  • Open Letter to Perodua CEO on Jan 12, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Dear Perodua CEO,

    1. With your upcoming new Axia Sedan and rakyat quietly eagerly waiting for its launching it’s better for you to revise production plan to meet the unprecedented big demand.

    2. It is safe to assume that Axia Sedan will receive similar or higher demand than Axia itself. Probably 10,000 – 15,000 sales monthly. That means easily 1 million Axia Sedan cars sold after 6 years, faster than Myvi milestone!

    3. This is a big problem for Perodua. How do you cope with such gigantic demand later?

    4. Worry not anymore. Look at MAA annual sales report and clearly there are few car factories are running idle below capacity unable to fully utilise it.

    5. Highly recommeded that Perodua should rent-contract such empty car factories or best, buy it directly. It will be worth investing for long term future.

    6. Act fast now as the factory owners also desperately need cash. Win-win situation for all!

    7. Anyway good luck to Perodua. Proper planning ahead is key to success. May God bless you with 1 million Axia Sedan sales success.

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    • No need open letter this, open letter that.
      You answer complaint letter from customer first. Hahahahaha……. them Proton.
      Sendiri punya customer takut nak reply, ada hati nak bagi open letter.

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  • alldisc on Jan 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Congratulations to Toyota Malaysia for achieving the milestone in sales.

    180k for perodua cars. P2 cars are based on daihatsu, a Toyota subsidiary. P2 is handled by PNB.
    93k for Toyota cars sold by UMW.
    3k for Lexus cars.

    Toyota sold almost 300k cars last year in Malaysia, of which almost 2/3 were rebadged Toyota models ie Passo, Passo Sette and Agya.

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  • Them Proton … from “Shut up and take my NO money” now to “Open Letter ….”

    Them Proton are so pathetic.

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  • Bapa Protong on Jan 13, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Iriz is global car that sell only in bolehland

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  • I expecting a new model of compact SUV to be produced by Perodua. I and my friends look for a cheap and compact SUV now. I Hope Perodua will produce such good SUV car in near future. SUV market is growing well now!!

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