NIBONG TEBAL: Leading global supplier of diverse analog and digital semiconductor connectivity solutions, Broadcom Limited, will be the biggest electrical and electronic (E&E) exporter in Malaysia next year. International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said Broadcom’s export value is expected to hit about RM65 billion, which is roughly 8% of the country’s total export, next year. “Up to this moment, Western Digital is the largest exporter with RM20 billion of its products, which are hard disk drives,” he told reporters at a press conference after the launch of Broadcom Limited’s Global Distribution Warehouse at Persiaran Cassia Selatan 4, Batu Kawan today. Mustapa and Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng officiated the opening ceremony of the distribution warehouse. Also present were Malaysian Investment Development Authority deputy chief executive officer Datuk Phang Ah Tong and Broadcom Limited senior vice-president (Global Operations) Datuk BC Ooi. “Broadcom also has plans to invest about RM4.1 billion in expanding its supply chain operations based in Malaysia for global production planning, quality management, strategic procurement, and logistics management over the next 10 years.” On the new warehouse in Batu Kawan, Mustapa said it would store Broadcom’s products that were manufactured in the US, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia for worldwide distribution. It had previously shipped its products from Singapore. “The new facility is undeniably a welcome boost to Malaysia’s logistics industry. “Given that 90% of its products will be exported via airfreight, there would be increased usage of Malaysia’s airport facilities with approximately 300 million to 500 million units of products being shipped per week,” he said. Mustapa added that Malaysia had been ranked as the world’s seventh largest exporter of electrical and electronic products with a total of RM287 billion last year. He said the industry had seen an upward trend in export over the past three years, contributing 36.6% of total exports and 44.6% to the total manufacturing exports in 2016.