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Malaysian Car Maker Proton Turns to Universities for R&D

29 March 2000

Malaysia's Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Bhd (Proton) is engaging engineers in universities to help the company in its research and development (R&D) efforts. Proton chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said the move would also help mould Malaysian engineers for the local automotive industry. "Proton, for its R&D programmes, is getting the cooperation of universities such as Universiti Malaya and International Islamic University Malaysia. We hope the cooperation will also benefit the universities," he said after sealing a memorandum of understanding with IIUM, where both parties also signed a joint-development agreement to work on a composite component. Proton, the national car maker, has announced plans to produce two new models this year, including a multi purpose vehicle (MPV).