The Mid-Tier Companies Development Programme (MTCDP) was established in 2014 to help local mid-tier companies (MTCs) in Malaysia to accelerate their export growth and to strengthen their core business functions. Only 50 high-performing MTCs will be selected per year to participate in this 9-month programme.  MTCs in Malaysia are defined as companies with annual revenues between RM50 million to RM500 million in the manufacturing sector and between RM20 million to RM500 million in other sectors.
Mid-Tier Companies (MTCs) and their contribution to Malaysia

MTCs represent a key driving force behind the Malaysian economy. There are approximately 10,000 MTCs in Malaysia, and despite being just 2% of all Malaysian firms, they collectively contribute ~40% of the country’s GDP and employ over 16% of the workforce.  To date MATRADE has assisted 275 MTCs in the programme and is committed to their continued success towards accelerating their export growth and expansion into new markets.

MATRADE's expectations from participating companies

MTCs participating in the programme must be:

  • Willing to bear ancillary expenses - e.g., travel expenses for any promotional events overseas. Consultation costs for 2014 participants will be borne entirely by MATRADE
  • Fully committed, with the CEO and senior management dedicating  about 1 day/month to the programme over the course of 9 months
  • Willing to share company-specific information (with non-disclosure agreement  in place), engage deeply on action plan, and adopt recommendations from MTC programme advisors to accelerate growth and increase your business performance

Mid-Tier Ramp-up Programme

The Mid-Tier Ramp-Up Programme is a new program started in 2016. It is actually a two-year extension programme for MTCs who have graduated from MTCDP. During the two years, MTCs will continue to receive customised assistance to further enhance their market access and export capabilities.

Other than serving as a conduit for continuing export support, the Mid-Tier Ramp-Up Programme also monitors and tracks the progress and development of MTCs. This helps MATRADE to tweak and re-evaluate the effectiveness of support assistance rendered. Former graduates of MTCDP are also automatically enrolled as members of an alumni, called the CEO Club. The CEO Club is an informal avenue for MTCs to network, exchange ideas and share possible solutions on common issues. The first CEO Club meeting was held on May 31, 2016.

The Participants
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Benefits of being in the programme:

Mid-Tier Ramp-Up Programme will help MTCs to:

  • Secure effective distribution channels in the marketplace;
  • Intensify market deepening in high potential markets (e.g. through strategic partnerships, acquisition of companies or new business start-ups); and
  • Collectively penetrate new markets through the pooling and sharing of costs and resources, which can mutually elevate and improve visibility of Malaysian businesses in foreign markets.
Who can apply?

As it is an extension of the MTCDP, only graduates of MTCDP are eligible to apply.

Success Stories

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For further information about the programme or if you are interested in applying, please contact us at:

Mid-Tier Companies Development Unit
15th Floor (East Wing), Menara MATRADE,
Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
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