Naza Automotive Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (NAM), located in Gurun, Kedah, comprises of an assembly plant, two-storey office, a test track, lots for vendors and suppliers, staff accommodation and recreation facilities on a 140-acre parcel of land.
With an annual capacity of 50,000 units per annum, NAM currently produces Peugeot and Kia vehicles for the Malaysian market as well as for export.
While NAM’s operations in Gurun officially began in May 2004, the company itself traces its roots to the ‘look east’ policy that was began by former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad almost three decades ago. At that time, many students and engineers were sent to Japan and Korea to pursue higher education, technical know-how in various industries including the automotive industry and to incorporate the Japanese and Korean labour ethics and discipline.
A number of the students sent there are the engineers who later became the backbone of NAM and Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin’s dream of Naza’s own assembly plant became a reality. Today, the plant, from its management to its labor workforce comprises of locals dedicated to producing vehicles that are equal in standard to the quality abroad.
The assembly facility in NAM incorporates areas designated for body welding, painting (fully automated), assembly and pre-delivery inspection of the units and accessories. There is also a test and simulation track which includes equipment used to assess the performance, endurance and quality of each of unit rolled out.
Apart from that, the needs of the staff are well taken care of with housing and other infrastructural and recreational amenities available.