Japanese Conglomerate, the SANKYU Group is set to build its first human resource training centre outside of Japan in Medini, Iskandar Puteri. With over 30,000 employees globally and 41 overseas subsidiaries of the Sankyu Group, Medini will be among the global centres for diverse personnel worldwide, being trained in Malaysia. The centre is set to begin operations in 2022.
This announcement comes on the heels of the company’s statement in August 2020 to build a logistics centre at the Straits of Malacca. The centre situated in Port Klang will be the hub for shipments from Japan and East Asia transiting to the Middle East and Northern Europe. SANKYU’s training centre in Malaysia will be its first in South East Asia.
“Malaysia continues to be a strategic hub in the region for SANKYU; this is evident in our continuous investments and developments of critical infrastructure in the country,” said Mr Junichi Matsumura, Managing Director of SANKYU Southeast Asia Holdings.
Groundbreaking ceremony – (middle) Mr. Kazuhiko Horiguchi (Director or Sankyu Southeast Asia Holdings) with the representatives from Kajima (M) and Sankyu (M).
Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is optimistic that the training centre will bring positive economic benefits in terms of job creation, transfer of technology and know-hows through training. This will ultimately create new opportunities for local businesses and vendors. MIDA will continue pushing for strategic collaborations between foreign and local companies to propel mutually beneficial outcomes, ensuring a sustainable ecosystem for business entities in the country.
Globally, the SANKYU Group practices a unique business model that organically blends plant engineering, logistics and operational support; their integration of these interrelated components is unrivalled in the world. In Malaysia, SANKYU serves a broad cross-section of businesses and industrial customers, ranging from steel plants, petroleum refineries, automotive, power plants as well as electrical and electronics manufacturers.
Medini received recognition from the Johor state government and the Chief Minister, Datuk Hasni Mohammad as the Johor’s Hub for Digital Technology and Emerging Technologies. During the 2021 state budget tabling in November 2020, Medini also obtained funds to accelerate its strategic hub’s development.
As a digital and emerging technology hub, Medini initiatives include a Blockchain Village and South East Asia’s first drone and robotics zone (DRZ Iskandar). Medini hosts prominent companies in the games design industry. Among notable Japanese companies that have already set their footprint here to include OK Blockchain Centre, a subsidiary of OK Wave Group; Deluxe Games, and Okakichi. Their presence has created a demand for highly skilled workers both for local and foreigners, backed by the recent boost from the Johor State government to accelerate growth for Medini to welcome more companies to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Medini continues to attract many prominent and reputable tenants; including the recent relocation of Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor Sdn Bhd (KPRJ) and Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN).