SEREMBAN, June 17, 2015:
Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) hopes it can collaborate with Proton Holdings Bhd to increase the national carmakers’ market shares in the domestic car industry, instead of competing with each other.
President and chief executive officer Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh yesterday said currently both Perodua and Proton only managed to hold 30-31% market share.
“Our position is that the national carmakers — Perodua and Proton — should have, in our opinion, a significant market share of perhaps 60%.
“So if we get to defend (the market share) and Proton is able to grow its share, then it will be good to the industry.”
He said this in response to Proton chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement that the national carmaker would challenge Perodua in the compact car market by tying up with Japanese carmaker Suzuki.
He spoke after the official opening of the RM200 million Akashi Kikai Industry (M) Sdn Bhd (AKI(M)) by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan in Sendayan near here. Also present were Akashi-Kikai Industry Co Ltd of Japan President Noriyoshi Matsushita and AKI(M) managing director Namura Hideki.
Aminar Rashid said Perodua’s hope was that both companies could complement each other rather than competing.
“There’s a lot more, like the synergy from collaboration. Although it’s a tough industry with many players, there are many opportunities.”
Meanwhile, on the new plant, Matsushita said it has achieved full capacity production status of 200,000 units of Electronic Automatic Transmission (E-AT) units annually this year.
“As we have reached full capacity, our focus now is to strengthen our product quality, safety work environment, delivery efficiency and cost effective.”
AKI(M), which also supplies manual transmission engines as well as other components, started its production since March last year.
“During this period, we supplied more than 180,000 units of E-AT to Perodua,” said Matsushita.
AKI(M) shareholders consists of Japan-based Akashi-Kikai Industry of 51%, Daihatsu Motor Corp Sdn Bhd (39%) and Perodua (10%).