Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council - MREPC

About MREPC

The Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC) was incorporated on 14 April 2000 under the Companies Act 1965 as a company limited by guarantee under the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities. MREPC is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities. MREPC is tasked with undertaking market promotion of quality Malaysian rubber products in world markets, and in particular, to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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Exports jump in 2017, stretching to a remarkable performance

2017 has been an extremely good year for Malaysia’s exports of rubber products, with performance reaching approximately RM18 billion for the first 10 months, almost equalling the whole year’s total exports of RM18.15 billion recorded in 2016.

The sharp jump of 20.6% to RM17.98 billion for the first 10 months of last year was due to the recovery in global trade which saw remarkable export performance by the Malaysian rubber glove industry. Exports in rubber gloves expanded 21.0% for the period of January – October 2017, recording RM13.2 billion compared to RM10.91 billion in the corresponding period in 2016. The latex sector, again dominated the export revenue contribution with a strong increase of 20.9% to RM14.51 billion. However, exports of industrial rubber goods recorded the highest growth rate of 45.6%, with inner tubes, tyres and general rubber goods trailing closely behind at 39.0%, 26.9% and 11.6% respectively. While rubber gloves remained the biggest contributor with 21.0% growth for the first 10 months, other rubber products that recorded good export performance in 2017 include insulated wire and cables (523.5%), plates, sheets and strips of cellular rubber (114.1%), latex thread (41.9%), rubber bands (27.4%) and tubes, pipes and hoses (24%). Imports of rubber products on the other hand stood at RM6.27 billion, up by 16.32%, mainly contributed by tyres and footwear – widening our trade surplus to RM11.71 billion.

The United States remained Malaysia’s largest export destination for the Malaysian rubber products industry, capturing 28.26% of total exports in the first 10 months of 2017. Other major export destinations were Germany and Japan (6.32% respectively) followed by China (5.11%) and United Kingdom, Brazil and Singapore (above 3% respectively).

In 2018, the exceptional export performance of Malaysian rubber products is expected to normalise to about 5% taking note of the following – the high base effect, strengthening of the ringgit against US dollars and normalisation in growth of exports of rubber gloves to China.

Within a competitive global landscape, coupled with the ringgit set to move higher against US dollars, and a moderate export growth performance expected for the Malaysian rubber products industry in 2018, MREPC has designed specific programmes and activities that will assist in strengthening the rubber products industry production capacity and our industry members’ endeavours in adopting latest manufacturing technologies. MREPC will be participating in over 20 trade promotion activities overseas – among others participation in international trade shows, specialised missions and working visits – to enhance our exports of high value rubber products and to target markets identified having potential for high export growth rates. Furthermore, MREPC’s overseas offices in Washington DC, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Mumbai will be increasing efforts to secure more trade leads and market information for our exporters besides facilitating Malaysian exporters to expand into these markets.

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous year ahead!

Low Yoke Kiew
Chief Executive Officer
Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC)



New Year Message from the CEO

New Year Message from the CEO

03
Jan , 2018

MREPC Participated in Agri-Commodity Mission to Japan

MREPC participated in an agri-commodity mission to Japan from 13 – 16 December 2017, led by YB Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities. Apart from rubber, the mission covered palm oil and timber. One of the objectives of the mission was to promote and strengthen exports of agri-commodity products to Japan.

Also on the itinerary was a half-day roundtable discussion with key Japanese rubber industry importers, buyers, distributors and associations, jointly organised by MREPC and the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB). Among the objectives of the roundtable discussion were to explore business and investment opportunities in the rubber trade sector as well to update on Malaysian rubber technologies and products. Datuk Seri Mah delivered the welcoming remarks at the roundtable discussion. Key rubber industry associations at the roundtable discussion included Japan Rubber Manufacturers’ Association, Rubber Trade Association of Japan, and Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association. The roundtable session also provided a platform to gather interest and feedback from the Japanese industry members on Malaysian rubber and rubber products. The delegates from MREPC and MRB also joined the reception dinner-cum-business meeting with the Minister which was attended by Japanese commodities’ industry members.



Datuk Seri Mah listens to a question from a Japanese rubber industry member.


Roundtable discussion on rubber and rubber products.

MREPC Participated in Agri-Commodity Mission to Japan

MREPC Participated in Agri-Commodity Mission to Japan

20
Dec , 2017

Successful Participation at Automechanika Shanghai 2017

Marking its 13th edition this year, Automechanika Shanghai 2017, which took place from 29 November – 2 December 2017 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC), Shanghai, China, posted its most successful results to date. The event’s continued success is demonstrated through its growing exhibition space, which increased by 9% to 340,000 sqm. The total number of exhibitors also grew by 5% to reach 6,051 from 40 countries compared to the last edition. Likewise, the number of trade visitors rose by 9% to over 130,000 from last year.

The 84sqm vibrant MREPC Pavilion housed 8 Malaysian manufacturers, who showcased a wide array of quality rubber automotive components and products. In line with efforts to further increase export of made-in-Malaysia quality rubber products to global markets, business meetings were also coordinated during the 4-day event to match potential buyers with Malaysian manufacturers.
MREPC received a higher number of visitors this year with most enquiries on industrial gloves, engine mountings, dust covers as well as gasket and seals. MREPC will continue to participate in the next edition of Automechanika Shanghai to increase visitors’ awareness on Malaysia as a source of quality rubber automotive components and products.


MREPC’s Pavilion at Automechanika Shanghai 2017

Successful Participation at Automechanika Shanghai 2017

Successful Participation at Automechanika Shanghai 2017

12
Dec , 2017

Made-in-Malaysia Rubber Medical Devices Promoted at the World's Largest Medical Show - MEDICA 2017

MREPC participated at MEDICA 2017 in Dusseldorf, Germany from 13 to 16 November. MEDICA 2017, which ran concurrently with COMPAMED, a leading trade fair for medical technology products and services, has again proven its reputation as the world’s premier trade show for the medical technology industry.

MEDICA continued to exert a high degree of international impact, drawing more than 120,000 visitors from 130 countries this year. Over 60% of the visitors were from countries outside Germany. Apart from European visitors, there were visitors from China, India, Columbia and Nepal. In terms of exhibitors, a large proportion of the 5,100 exhibitors came from abroad representing more than 60 countries who showcased a wide range of products from outpatient to inpatient care sectors as well as innovations in products for the sports segment.

MREPC’s promotional booth, which was strategically located at Hall 7, managed to receive more than 200 enquiries, mostly on medical gloves, both surgical and examination. Condoms and probe covers were among the most sought rubber medical devices among the visitors to MREPC’s booth.

There was strong presence of Malaysian rubber medical device companies at this year’s MEDICA, with the participation of 20 companies. These included Adventa, Alliance Rubber, AXG Industries, Careplus, Central Medicare, Cross Protection, Diptech, Hartalega, Karex, Koon Seng, Kossan, Meditech, Riverstone, Rubberex, Sanctuary Health, Smart Glove, Supermax, Top Glove, WRP and YTY. Most of the participating companies were satisfied with the response to MEDICA 2017, with some receiving significant new business leads.



Made-in-Malaysia Rubber Medical Devices Promoted at the World's Largest Medical Show - MEDICA 2017

Made-in-Malaysia Rubber Medical Devices Promoted at the World's Largest Medical Show - MEDICA 2017

04
Dec , 2017

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