Employers must furnish details on how they house their foreign workers
08 February 2021
The Federal Territories Ministry will make it compulsory for every employer to provide details about accommodation for the foreign workers being hired in order to obtain the development order approval. Its minister, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said this was to ensure that these workers would not be living in over-crowded kongsi houses in line with the government’s efforts in curbing the spread of Covid-19 among foreign workers in the federal territories.
The extension of the movement control order, albeit with a tightening of the current standard operating procedure, will allow all sectors of the economy to be reopened, sources say. As for implementation of the stricter SOP in economic sectors, the National Security Council (NSC) will discuss beefing up current security forces.
No shutdown of economic activities despite rising Covid-19 cases
02 February 2021
The government will not impose a strict lockdown akin to the movement control order (MCO) last year as this would devastate lower income groups, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. The senior defence minister acknowledged views that the current iteration of the MCO was more relaxed than before, but said it was still causing significant damage to the economy.
The Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC) 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 (MPIC). MRC is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities. MRC is tasked with undertaking market promotion of quality Malaysian rubber products in world markets, and supports small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through domestic promotion efforts.
Promotion of Malaysian Rubber Products for Automotive and Transportation Sectors in Automechanika Shanghai 2020
Automechanika Shanghai 2020, which went ahead in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic had closed its 16th chapter with success. The four-day event took place from 2 – 5 December 2020 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC), Shanghai, China. Reaching across six continents, the show convened 3,845 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions and a total of 79,863 domestic visitors. All foreign exhibitors were represented by their local representatives in China, including MRC.
Despite uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, MRC endeavoured to maintain its presence in the event with a promotional booth to showcase a wide array of Made-in-Malaysia quality rubber products for automotive and transportation sectors such as rubber automotive components, industrial gloves, retreading materials as well as green rubber, namely Ekoprena and Pureprena. MRC received trade enquiries only from the locals as China is still suspending the entry of most foreign nationals. MRC also took up prominent advertising signage at strategic areas within the fairground to increase awareness on Made-in-Malaysia rubber products among the potential buyers.
The show's next edition is scheduled to be held from 24 – 27 November 2021 at the same venue.
Visitors at MRC booth in Automechanika Shanghai 2020
Successful Virtual Business Matching for Malaysian Manufacturers Through MRC E-Global Sourcing Mission (e-GSM)
The Covid-19 pandemic has restricted travelling and movement of people, including the business community globally hence MRC has taken the initiative to create an online business matching platform, namely MRC e-Global Sourcing Mission (e-GSM) for Malaysian rubber and rubber product manufacturers to meet potential buyers virtually. Organised from 1 – 4 December 2020, the e-GSM programme provided a safe online platform for global buyers to meet with genuine Malaysian manufacturers virtually to source quality rubber and rubber products from Malaysia.
A total of 24 business matching have been coordinated between 12 potential buyers and nine Malaysian rubber and rubber products manufacturers. The buyers participated in the e-GSM were from Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Poland while their product interests are rubber automotive components, engineered rubber products, precured treads and retreading materials, latex foam and latex mattresses, as well as specialty rubber materials – Ekoprena and Pureprena.
MRC's participated in the very first virtual.MEDICA 2020 which was held from 16 – 19 November 2020. There was a total of over 1,300 virtual exhibitors representing 61 countries took part in the event. A wide variety of healthcare products amounting to over 15,000 items were displayed in the online showrooms and over 100 live web sessions were presented for the healthcare community. Over 45,000 professional visitors from 169 nations had connected to the virtual platform and generated 405,000-page impressions with 78% were accounted by international online visitors.
MRC featured a total of 38 rubber medical devices under eight different product categories during the virtual event. For the first time, MRC introduced new animated rubber medical devices directory specially for this virtual event. The directory included full range of medical gloves as well as the non-glove items such as condoms, catheters, respirators, etc. Throughout the four-day virtual event, MRC Marketplace recorded an increase of 50% views per day. MRC also received encouraging number of trade enquiries and most of the enquiries were on medical gloves, particularly nitrile and latex examination gloves. Majority of the enquiries were received from European and Asian countries.
The Matchmaking platform in virtual.MEDICA had successfully linked MRC with a number of potential buyers that are interested to source rubber medical devices from Malaysia. Apart from MRC, the other three Malaysian rubber medical device manufacturers, namely Alliance Rubber Products, Diptech Industries and Smart Glove Corporation, were also tuned in to the digital platform and showcased their products virtually in this event to stay connected with the global healthcare players.
The next edition of MEDICA will be held from 15 – 18 November 2021 as a hybrid event which also consists of live platforms for professional visitors to the Düsseldorf trade fair centre.
Promoting Malaysian Rubber Products through MRC’s E-Global Sourcing Mission (e-GSM)
The current COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to adapt to the new norm and many businesses are embarking on virtual meetings. In light of this, MRC would like to announce its inaugural E-Global Sourcing Mission (e-GSM) to be held from 1 – 31 December 2020. The e-GSM is a programme which provides a safe online platform for global buyers to identify and meet with genuine Malaysian manufacturers to source for quality rubber products from Malaysia.
The key rubber products that are promoted under the e-GSM programme this year are Rubber Automotive Components, Engineered Rubber Products, Precured Treads & Retreading Materials, Latex Foam & Latex Mattresses and Specialty Rubber Materials (Green Rubber).
Interested buyers, importers or distributors are invited to register at the e-GSM Online Registration Form. The registration is opened now until 22 November 2020.
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Kossan Declares 11 Sen Dividend as Fy20 Profit Hits Rm1.09b
16 February 2021
Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd reported today a net profit of RM542.49 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2020 (4QFY20), almost nine times the RM61 million it recorded in the corresponding quarter a year ago, thanks to higher volume of gloves sold and better average selling prices.The 4QFY20 net profit is up 56% from the RM348.74 million that Kossan made in 3QFY20, as revenue grew 27% from RM1.03 billion.
Norwegian Language Requirement Will Apply Following MDR Implementation
14 February 2021
The Norwegian Medicines Agency (NoMA) has added language (link in Norwegian) on its website regarding the requirement that medical device labeling and instructions for use (IFU) be printed in the Norwegian language in order to be legally marketed in in the country. The expanded notice confirms that the language requirement will still apply following the implementation of the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) on May 26, 2021.
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