By Kari Williamson

The Malaysian subsidiary is expected to increase sales of Tanaka's industrial precious metals, such as semiconductor materials in Penang State and Ipoh City, Perak State.

Tanaka aims to increase sales from MYR84 million (US$26.75m)per month to MYR120m (US$66.88m) per month in FY2012.

It is especially its share in the power semiconductor materials and copper bonding wires markets that Tanaka aims to increase, as demand is increasing in Malaysia for automotive devices, industrial equipment, and power electronics such as high-luminance LEDs (light emitting diodes).

Furthermore, as the price of gold remains high, the semiconductor industry is progressively moving to use cheaper copper to replace gold bonding wires used to connect integrated circuits of semiconductors to external electrodes. TKI Malaysia targets further share expansion in Malaysian semiconductor industry by capturing increasing demand through its ability to sell alternative materials such as copper wires in the local market.