Indium Corporation celebrated the grand opening of its newest tech hub and the expansion of its technical support team in Penang, Malaysia, with customers and officials on Monday, Nov. 10.

Indium Corporation's new Malaysia Tech Hub expands the company's physical presence to provide a convenient, regional center for the development of electronics assembly expertise and customer service. The areas of focus for the tech hub include PCB assembly materials, engineered solders and alloys, and semiconductor and advanced assembly materials.

"Indium Corporation was founded as a tech hub, a place where sophisticated, technical, and customer-minded people collaborate on applications that extend our customers', our products' or our factories' technologies," said Greg Evans, president of Indium Corporation. "Our new Malaysian Tech Hub gives our southeast Asian customers a convenient base from which they can access world-class technical support, knowledge, training, meetings, and more." 

"Penang's electronics history started in the 1970s," said KL Lim, president of the SMTA Penang Chapter. "More than 40 years later, Penang is still a place of choice for electronics business, despite ODM migration to low-cost geography. Penang is a unique place for electronics. It has a well-established infrastructure and supply chain, and it is also easy to access. The Penang population consists of multicultural talent that is well-educated and speaks multiple languages, is friendly and willing to learn. SMTA Penang is looking forward to working closely with Indium Corporation to continue to excel Penang as place of choice for electronics." 

In addition to the newly opened facility, Indium Corporation has also added three new team members to provide onsite technical support.

New team members include Kenneth Thum, senior technical support engineer; Kenny Chiong, senior technical support engineer; and Jeffrey Len, technical support engineer. These new team members join experienced Indium Corporation professionals, including Sze Pei Lim, Southeast Asia technical manager; Jonas Sjoberg, technical consultant; Damian Santhanasamy, Malaysia sales manager; and Jeffrey Tan, assistant sales manager.

"The Malaysia Tech Hub enhances Indium Corporation's ability to fulfill our promise to our customers," Ross Berntson, Indium Corporation executive vice president and president of Asia holdings, said. "It will increase customer productivity through superior applications, support, and technical know-how of advanced materials and processes." 

Lim, the manager of Indium Corporation's Malaysia Tech Hub, joined Indium Corporation in 2007. She manages the company's technical service teams throughout the Asia-Pacific region. She earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the National University of Singapore, and has more than 20 years of experience in the SMT and PCB assembly industries. Lim is an SMTA-certified process engineer and has earned her Six Sigma Green Belt.

Santhanasamy's technical expertise has been an integral part of Indium Corporation's expansion and success in Asia since 2006. Based in Penang, Malaysia, he is responsible for the sales of Indium Corporation's solder products, including solder paste and wire, engineered solders, thermal management materials, and semiconductor materials. Santhanasamy earned a diploma in electrical and electronics from the Institut Teknologi Negeri, Malaysia.

Sjoberg provides technical support to key customers. He has more than 20 years of technical experience in the electronics industry, including the deployment of leading-edge technologies for packaging and assembly, launching and managing research and development projects and facilities, and serving as a technical advisor to development and manufacturing sites worldwide.

Tan provides technical support for Indium Corporation's electronics assembly materials, semiconductor and advanced assembly materials, engineered solders, and thermal management materials in southern Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, and Indonesia. Tan has extensive experience in the SMT and semiconductor industries, primarily with reflow process equipment and troubleshooting. He also has customer service experience within the solar assembly industry. Tan holds a degree in computer and control engineering from Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore. 

Thum provides technical support and process troubleshooting expertise to Indium Corporation's customers for the company's full product range. His experience involves delivering yield improvements and enhanced supplier quality. Thum holds a bachelor's degree from University of Malaya in computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing. Additionally, he is an SMTA-certified process engineer.

Chiong assists customers in the optimization of manufacturing processes, including technical support for Indium Corporation's full product suite. Chiong's experience lies in providing technical support and design reviews for printed circuit board assembly to maintain quality, delivery, and optimal output. Chiong holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical and manufacturing engineering from the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. Additionally, he holds a Six Sigma Green Belt. 

Len provides comprehensive technical advice in the selection, use, and application of all of Indium Corporation's products. Len has experience with process improvement to increase quality, and customer relationship management. Len holds a bachelor's degree in pure chemistry from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. 

For more information on Indium Corporation's Malaysia Tech Hub, visit www.indium.com/malaysia.

Indium Corporation is a premier materials manufacturer and supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, solar, thin-film, and thermal management markets. Products include solders and fluxes; brazes; thermal interface materials; sputtering targets; indium, gallium, germanium, and tin metals and inorganic compounds; and NanoFoil®. Founded in 1934, Indium has global technical support and factories located in China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA. 

For more information about Indium Corporation, visit www.indium.com or email abrown@indium.com.