B. Braun's presence in Malaysia began in 1972
B. Braun Medical Industries Sdn. Bhd. [Company registration number: 197401001922 (19051–M)] (BMI) is a subsidiary of B. Braun Melsungen AG, Germany, and is one of the largest medical devices companies in the world.
Established in 1972, B. Braun Medical Industries in Penang is the group’s first manufacturing site in Asia Pacific region and it is one of the largest B. Braun manufacturing sites for the group outside Europe.
Since its inception in 1972, B. Braun Medical Industries Sdn. Bhd. [Company registration number: 197401001922 (19051–M)] has invested more than MYR2 billion in the manufacturing facilities in Malaysia. An investment of MYR 1.75 billion was announced in year 2010, the largest ever in the medical devices industry in the country. With more than 7,000 employees, the plant located in Penang is among the largest manufacturers of medical, surgical and pharmaceutical products not only in Malaysia but also in the region.
Center of Excellence for Intravenous Access Products (CoE IVA)
B. Braun Medical Industries Sdn. Bhd. [Company registration number: 197401001922 (19051–M)] Penang Plant was recognized as the global Center of Excellence for Intravenous Access (CoE IVA) products including R&D and production technology. Headed by Dr. Juergen Schloesser, Senior Vice President Operations & CoE IVA, the team is dedicated to develop and manufacture safety products and systems like IV catheters (IVC), scalp vein sets (SVS) and hypodermic needles.
B. Braun Medical Industries Sdn. Bhd. [Company registration number: 197401001922 (19051–M)] was also awarded the International Procurement Centre (IPC) status by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), which would allows procurement and sale of raw materials, components and finished products to companies within the region. Products manufactured in B. Braun Medical Industries Penang are exported to the US, Japan, Germany and several major markets around the world.
Being more than 40 years established in Penang, B. Braun takes pride as a local company in Malaysia. Joint hand with local government and NGOs, B. Braun promotes social support programs and environment conservation programs for local community.
As a corporate citizen, B. Braun takes every responsibility toward protecting the environment and this culture is firmly anchored in its corporate guidelines and practiced through its manufacturing methods. Several significant contributions in the areas of eco-management were implemented by B. Braun Medical Industries Sdn. Bhd. [Company registration number: 197401001922 (19051–M)] in the area of reducing air pollution, energy saving, effective waste management and more.
For B. Braun, sustainability is about taking responsibility. It also means creating perspective for future generations. B. Braun Medical Industries Sdn. Bhd. [Company registration number: 197401001922 (19051–M)] is heading the life sciences and medical health pillar under the Penang Science Cluster to nurture young generation to be interested in the field of life sciences and medical health.
In its involvement with humanitarian organizations, B. Braun focuses on the most helpless in the world with its project B. Braun for Children. Under this objective, B. Braun Medical Industries Sdn. Bhd. [Company registration number: 197401001922 (19051–M)] adopted a two-way center by providing education support for children with special needs.
Malaysia As The Chosen Production Location
One of the reason Malaysia is a good choice for production facility is the know-how and competency of the people here. Over the past 40 years of development, the local team has acquired the necessary know-how and have proven to be capable since. In the medical field, quality and innovation are of outmost importance. Thus, it largely depends on the people’s know-how, commitment and competencies to deliver the desired product quality and Malaysia has this to offer.
In addition, Malaysia with its cultural diversity, strength in languages and sensitivity towards different cultures is important for B. Braun as the plant in Penang is also playing a significant role in serving the Asia markets, the fastest glowing markets in the world.
With its heavy investment, B. Braun has offered more than 7,000 employment opportunities in Penang and it is dedicated towards talent development. Its commitment in employees training and development, as well as supporting B. Braun Medical Industries as a learning organization is evidenced by the allocation of significant useable office space for B. Braun business school at its new building. Through its engagement with local universities and higher institutions, B. Braun provides opportunities for fresh graduates to obtain practical experience in an actual working environment and nurture them to becoming the future leaders for the industries.