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).
MREPC Promotes Malaysian Rubber Gloves in Suzhou and Chengdu
Once again MREPC organised a specialised mission to China from 13 – 19 May 2018 to tap on the huge market potential for Malaysian rubber gloves. The mission was led by Ms Low Yoke Kiew, CEO of MREPC, with participation from eight Malaysian manufacturers, namely Top Glove, Kossan, WRP, Smart Glove, Adventa Health, Professional Latex, Riverstone and N.S. Unigloves. The focus of the mission was on rubber medical gloves and cleanroom gloves in the cities of Suzhou and Chengdu.
MREPC also organised an educational seminar in Suzhou and Chengdu, targeting healthcare personnel as well as importers and distributors of medical devices. The educational seminars represent MREPC’s continuous efforts to reach out to the healthcare fraternity in China to enhance awareness on the importance of rubber medical gloves in healthcare settings to minimise hospital-acquired infections. Besides highlighting current developments in the healthcare industry, the seminars provided a platform for industry experts to establish networking with the Malaysian delegation. The two seminars were attended by 120 participants.
During the mission, MREPC also arranged business-matching sessions between the Malaysian manufacturers and potential buyers in China. Meanwhile, the roundtable discussion held in each city enabled the Malaysian manufacturers to interact with importers and distributors and gather feedback on trade in rubber medical gloves and cleanroom gloves between Malaysia and China. The discussions also provided updates on China’s healthcare industry. The delegates also visited Haimen Yangzi in Suzhou and Sichuan Clover Biopharmaceuticals in Chengdu for business networking and potential collaboration.
Group photo of participants in MREPC educational seminar in Chengdu
MREPC Industry Awards are back with companies now being able to compete for new awards
The MREPC Industry Awards are back for the second time.
This year, companies will be able to submit their entries and compete for three new awards – Most Innovative, Green Business and Best Marketer awards.
“The MREPC Industry Awards signify MREPC’s continuous commitment to establish, develop and enhance a reputable national recognition programme for export achievements of the Malaysian rubber products industry. These awards are not just given to companies based on their export performances in the past three years, but also to companies that have made headways to showcase the industry’s capabilities and innovation to the world, adopt green business technologies as well as initiate effective marketing campaigns,” said the CEO of MREPC, Low Yoke Kiew.
The MREPC Industry Awards have seven top of the class awards, namely Big Corporation Export Excellence Award, Mid-tier Company Export Excellence Awards and SME Export Excellence Award where three companies from each tier will be awarded these export performance based recognitions. On top of that, new award categories include Most Innovative Award, Green Business Award and Best Marketer Award while a grand prize winner will be selected among the winners of the six categories to receive the Most Outstanding Company Award.
Those who wish to find out more information on the MREPC Industry Awards 2018 and to participate in the three new awards may download the forms from the microsite at http://www.mrepc.com/industryawards/
MREPC made its maiden participation at the 4th International Sustainable Energy Summit (ISES) 2018 held from 10 – 11 April 2018 in Kuching. Sarawak. This year’s ISES Summit was jointly organised by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) and Ministry of Utilities Sarawak. The event was co-hosted by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) and the Sarawak State Government. A mini exhibition was also held concurrently with the conference which attracted some 600 participants.
ISES is a biennial event for knowledge sharing and networking on renewable energy and energy demand management among stakeholders from various countries. In line with the theme of this year’s summit – ‘Sustainable Energy: The Future is Here’, the papers presented focused on trending issues such as scaling up sustainable energy deployment; grid issues with high solar photovoltaic (PV) penetration; energy storage solutions; addressing rural electrification; and financing sustainable energy projects.
The mini exhibition attracted participation from 47 exhibitors, consisting of companies and stakeholders from the energy industry and financial institutions as well as relevant government agencies. MREPC took the opportunity to promote its Industry Linkage Fund which aims to drive collaborative research in the rubber products industry. During the 2-day event, MREPC received more than 10 enquiries from project engineers and consultants.
Ms Uthaya from MREPC attending to enquiries during ISES 2018
MREPC's Maiden Participation at NZSEE Conference 2018
MREPC participated at the NZSEE Conference 2018 organised by the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) from 13 to 15 April 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. Held annually, this year's edition of NZSEE conference marked the 50th Anniversary of the society. An exhibition was held concurrently with the conference which attracted more than 500 participants.
NZSEE 2018 attracted participation from 16 exhibitors who displayed various products and services related to seismic engineering. MREPC participated for the first time together with Doshin Rubber Products to promote rubber engineering products such as seismic bearings, dock fenders and expansion joints. The event also saw MREPC and Doshin introducing base isolation (High-Damping Natural Rubber Bearings or HDNRB) as an alternative to lead core bearings and pendulum bearings commonly used in construction projects across New Zealand. MREPC received 20 enquiries from engineers, consultants, researchers and government agencies, mainly on rubber bearings.
Medical Device QMS Harmonization: US Considers Aligning to ISO 13485
25 May 2018
US medical device regulators' plan to replace components of FDA Quality System Regulations with ISO 13485 requirements will potentially result in making compliance more efficient for manufacturers commercializing in multiple markets.
Malaysia: Kossan Targets Double-Digit Capacity Growth in Two Years
25 May 2018
Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd is targeting a double-digit growth rate for its rubber glove production capacity in the next two years, with total capacity expected to hit 32.5 billion pieces by end-2019, from 25 billion at present. The group estimates that its annual production capacity will rise by 10% by year end on commencement of Plant 16, and by 16% by end-2019 as Plants 17, 18 and 19 kick off operations, according to Kossan managing director (MD) and chief executive officer Tan Sri Lim Kuang Sia.