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Mirko Goetze, VP & Head of Regional Information Solutions, Schott AG shared that with SAITS’ establishment in Malaysia, it’s current headcount of 30 highly-skilled IT staff is expected to grow to as many as 150 over the next two to five years.

With Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation’s (MDEC) support, German multinational glass company Schott AG has established its newest international IT competence centre, Schott Asia IT Services (SAITS), in Kuala Lumpur.

The reason for Schott AG to set up in Malaysia is because of “its strategic geographical location in the centre of Asia”, said Mirko Goetze, VP & Head of Regional Information Solutions, Schott AG.

Goetze added that Malaysia fulfils many requirements Schott needed as an ideal location, especially in the areas of IP and privacy law, high staff loyalty, English skills, and familiarity with Western culture.

“The country’s multi-cultural, multi-lingual workforce is also listed as deciding factor, which is essential in supporting Schott’s global operations and SAITS’ diverse project team,” he continued.

Beyond that, Malaysia’s crop of digitally-skilled talent gets a nod. According to Schott AG, when the organisation conducted an IT talent drive for SAITS, it received more than 2,000 applicants, and conducted over 200 interviews.

“Of that amount, 50 are related to T- Systems, 30 are to IBM systems, while 130 are on ‘others’,” Schott AG shared.

Goetze shared that with SAITS’ establishment in Malaysia, it’s current headcount of 30 highly-skilled IT staff is expected to grow to as many as 150 over the next two to five years.

According to Raymond Siva, Senior Vice President (Investment) and Chief Marketing Officer, MDEC: “The establishment of the cutting-edge Schott Asia IT Services in Malaysia is testament to the continuous confidence German companies have for Malaysia as a premier destination for digital investments.”

This move, Siva continued, solidifies the nation’s Digital Investments Future5 (DIF5) strategy in attracting investments and advancing its digital economy, which also brings the opportunity to develop and expand the country’s talent pool by providing equitable digital opportunities.


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