The Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC) invites Malaysian contractors to participate in a tender briefing on booth design and construction of MRC pavilion at Arab Health 2022.
Only prequalified booth contractors are eligible to participate in the tender briefing. The criteria for Prequalification of Booth Contractors are as follows:-
Must be a registered company with Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM).
Company must be established for at least 3 years.
At least 2 years of experience in handling international trade shows.
Experience in designing and constructing custom-made booths in at least 6 projects for international trade shows.
Not suspended from participating in the booth construction and design tenders by MRC.
Interested companies will need to provide the necessary supporting documents including an UPDATED company’s profile and portfolio to fulfil the above requirements to Ms Vikneswary (Vicky) at email@example.com by 12.00 noon, 7 October 2021 (Thursday).
The information submitted by the companies will be verified by MRC and a notification will be sent to the prequalified booth contractors/companies. The prequalified companies will need to confirm their attendance at the tender briefing in advance with Ms Vicky at firstname.lastname@example.org. Companies that are not able to send their representative to attend the briefing will be excluded from the tender process.
Details of the tender briefing are as follows:
DATE : 12 October 2021 (Tuesday)
TIME : 10.00 am
VENUE : Online via Microsoft Teams
Unlocking Blockchain: Benefits of Blockchain in the Manufacturing Industry
MRC has successfully organised a webinar on Unlocking Blockchain: Benefits of Blockchain in the Manufacturing Industry. Many manufacturing companies and exporters of rubber products took advantage of the complimentary online briefing and acquired valuable information and insights.
The guest speakers include YBrs. Ts. Dr. Mohd Nor Azman Hassan, Deputy Secretary-General (Technology Development) of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Mr. Ahmad Zuhairi Ismail, Principal Engineer of MIMOS Berhad and Ms. Mastura Ishak, Principal Researcher of Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT). They presented key information and insights on how blockchain can be incorporated and commissioned into the manufacturing operations, administrations, R&D and technological elements to achieve greater productivity outcomes.
This briefing encouraged and enhanced Malaysian manufacturers for global exports and offered ways to improve their manufacturing capabilities and performance by implementing blockchain through streamlining operations, gaining greater visibility into the supply chain and effectively tracking assets with unprecedented precision.
Every employee comes equipped with different expectations and professional wellbeing. So welcoming and ensuring they are settled in nicely, this morning, Encik Nurul Islam, CEO of MRC, made the time to sit down and catch up with our new employees to see how they are coping as we return working in the office.
One-on-one sessions were held to discuss personal development by talking through issues in their work and setting expectations on both sides. In return, our fellow employees reflected on key challenges, identified ways to improve and clarified priorities. Encik Nurul also shared some pearls of wisdom and exchanged ideas during the meetings.
Market Updates on Rubber Parts for White Goods and Industrial Electronics in the USA, China, Japan and South Korea
MRC has successfully organised a webinar for the Market Updates on Rubber Parts for White Goods and Industrial Electronics in the USA, China, Japan and South Korea. More than 40 participants from the rubber products industry participated in this market update.
The guest speakers from Arthur D. Little (ADL) were Mr Yuma Ito, Partner and Head of ADL, Southeast Asia and Mr Somnath Kansabanik, Manager of ADL, Singapore, who both presented and highlighted interesting findings identified from the market research study conducted, such as the application of rubber parts in the electronic industry and the estimation of the market size for electronic goods in these countries.
Participants also received an inside into the supply of rubber parts to electronic goods in the selected countries with several recommendations on marketing strategies for Malaysian exporters to approach potential buyers.
MRC has successfully conducted the e-Global Sourcing Mission (e-GSM) programme via its newly launched Malaysian Rubber Products Virtual Showcase (MaRViS) platform. The programme was held from 7 – 10 September 2021. This programme managed to gather 31 international potential buyers and 12 Malaysian manufacturers which translated into a total of 47 business-matching sessions in four days. Buyers from 11 countries attended the meeting, namely Angola, Australia, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam. They were interested to source rubber products from Malaysia such as engineered rubber products, non-medical rubber gloves as well as specialty rubber materials (green rubber).
Industry Consultation and Briefing on Regional Market Updates
MRC has successfully organised the Industry Consultation and Briefing on Regional Market Updates that received more than 90 active participants from business owners, decision-makers, top management, as well as marketing and export managers.
In his welcoming speech, Encik Izwan Zarik bin Mohammad Sapari, Deputy CEO of MRC, mentioned the Council would focus on enhancing the competitiveness of the rubber products industry and at the same time supporting the growth of the upstream and midstream rubber industries. MRC will also look at capacity building, human capital development and adoption of advanced technology, as well as moving the industry towards enhanced sustainability.
The event started with a Global Outlook Presentation for Rubber Products, followed by an Industry Consultation Session on MRC’s Planned Programmes for 2022. Market updates and developments in USA, India, China, and Europe, as well as market opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa were later presented by MRC’s regional officers. Overall it was a successful event with active involvement and contribution from participants.
Malaysian Rubber Council To Advocate Sustainable Practices at World Expo 2020 in Dubai
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MRC highlights its plans to advocate sustainable practices across the value chain when it participates in the World Expo 2020 in Dubai from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. Embracing the theme of ‘Energising Sustainability', Malaysia Pavilion aims to capture the country's commitment in ensuring a secure and sustainable future by balancing socio-economic progress with environmental concerns, MRC said in a statement.
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MRC’s Latest Virtual Platform to Host e-Global Sourcing Mission
The e-Global Sourcing Mission (e-GSM), which is set to be organized for the third time from 7 – 10 September 2021, will now be held via MRC’s new virtual platform called the Malaysian Rubber Products Virtual Showcase (MaRViS). MaRViS is initiated by MRC to create an all-round experience and further facilitate online business engagements between global buyers and Malaysian rubber and rubber products manufacturers and exporters.
e-GSM is a programme organised by MRC that offers online platform for global buyers to identify and meet with genuine Malaysian manufacturers to source quality rubber products from Malaysia.
Key rubber products that are promoted under the e-GSM programme are precured treads and retreading materials, latex Foam and mattresses, engineered rubber products, non-medical rubber gloves, and specialty rubber materials (green rubber).
MRC Donates RM228,000 For Flash Flood Emergency Relief Mission To 550 Residents In Kedah
Encik Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff, CEO of MRC, was invited to attend the virtual Opening Ceremony of Professional Graduateship of Rubber Technology (PGRT 2021) this morning. Other notable attendees include Mr. PK Chan, President of Plastics and Rubber Institute Malaysia (PRIM), Ts. Dr. Zulhafiz Tajudin, Director of Center for Industrial Linkages at University Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), and Associate Professor Ts. Dr Ruzainah Binti Ali @ Jaafar, Dean of UniKL MICET. The ceremony was followed by two comprehensive sharing sessions from Mr Pong Kai See, Managing Director of CY Handee Sdn Bhd on the rubber industry and performance of the rubber products, as well as from PGRT Alumni Wan Dalilah Atikah bt Wan Ibrahim on her past PGRT experience.
The PGRT Programme is an initiative that would address the need of our rubber industry for a skilled workforce, especially in the fields of rubber and latex technology, further facilitating the smooth integration of professionally trained graduates into the Malaysian rubber products industry.
MRC scholarship awards under the PGRT Programme reflects MRC’s commitment to providing opportunities for our young to develop their innovation capacity and scientific expertise, enabling them to make a difference to our economy and society. It has been an integral part of our efforts to develop a strong and deep pool of scientific talent to support our rubber industry. MRC scholarships offer PGRT participants the opportunity to pursue their scientific and technical training from experts in the rubber industry.
From 2017 to 2020, PGRT has developed a pool of talents, contributing to the rubber industry ecosystem in diverse ways. MRC has awarded more than RM300,000 scholarships to 38 PGRT scholars. This year, MRC will offer the scholarship to 20 nominated candidates, the highest number recorded thus far.
MRC Contributes RM50,000 To Sukarelawan Pantas Malaysia, Assisting Ministry Of Health Malaysia In Managing Bodies Of Deceased Covid-19 Patients
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MRC highlights its Sustainability efforts to create a long-term stakeholder value in ensuring the industry’s resilience, agility, competitiveness and sustainability through the implementation of an operational strategy that focuses on the economic, environmental, social and governance (EESG) principles.
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Rubber Export Records Superior Performance for the Half Year of 2021
MRC has successfully organised a webinar on Introduction to International Development Organizations (IDOs): Business Opportunities and Engagement Strategies today for the rubber medical device manufacturers.
Ms Dianne Tan from Development Finance International (DFI), a well-known global business advisory firm, presented a comprehensive introduction on the IDOs and the advantages of engagement to identify business opportunities across the IDO funding cycle.
In his welcoming speech, Encik Nurul Islam, CEO of MRC, mentioned the Council would equip rubber industry players with the required tools to take their businesses to the next level by leveraging on IDO programmes. MRC will identify potential opportunities to facilitate capacity building through training and coaching and organising networking sessions.
The webinar aims to facilitate the industry to move up the global value chain by exploring and leveraging programmes and opportunities offered by IDOs. About 62 number of participants attended in this sharing session today.
MRC has successfully participated in the Arab Health exhibition as an online exhibitor for the first time. This year Arab Health has been remodelled into a hybrid event due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The online event took place from 23 May – 22 July 2021 while the physical event was held from 21 – 24 June 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. There was a total of over 400 virtual exhibitors and 29 country pavilions participated in the online version of the show. A wide variety of healthcare products consisted of 16 product sectors such as consumables, surgery and critical care were showcased in the online exhibition and over 100 live conference sessions were conducted on various healthcare topics. MRC featured a comprehensive high-quality rubber medical devices in its profile page which included medical gloves, condoms and catheters. The profile page also has an interactive function for instant communication with the visitors. Throughout the online event, MRC profile page received 1,447 views from online visitors. MRC also received encouraging number of trade enquiries on medical gloves, particularly latex and nitrile examination gloves. Apart from MRC, there were also another two Malaysian rubber medical device manufacturers, namely Top Glove and ASAP International participated in the online event. The next edition of Arab Health will continue with the hybrid concept and be held from 24 – 27 January 2022.
MRC Successfully Organised a Specialised Briefing Webinar for Industry Members
MRC has successfully organised a specialised briefing webinar titled “The Way Forward for the Rubber and Rubber Products Industry” for the members of the rubber industry today. This program aims to create awareness and highlight the latest technology available for adoption by the rubber products industry, focusing on Industry 4.0, the latest technology and development, advanced automation, and smart manufacturing systems and applications significantly relevant to the rubber industry.
In his welcoming speech, Encik Nurul Islam, CEO of MRC, mentioned that this programme was organised in support of the Government’s initiative on the national policy called Industry4WRD. This initiative also hopes to drive the manufacturing sector towards Industry 4.0 and achieve the goals to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation, foster innovation and ensure sustainable consumption and production.
MRC collaborated with Malaysia Automation Technology Association (MATA) and its members from Pc Automation Sdn Bhd, WEG South East Asia Sdn Bhd, AFA Technologies Sdn Bhd and Malaysian Institute of Technology (MIT) Academy Sdn Bhd to share knowledge and experience on specialised topics applicable and relevant to the rubber industry. The half-day event was packed with briefings and updates to encourage industry members to utilise and uptake the Fund for Automation and Green Technology initiated by MRC in 2019 to support the adoption of automation, smart manufacturing and green technology.
About 85 number of participants from 35 number of companies participated in the programme today and among the topics discussed were “A Roadmap Towards Industry 4.0 for the Malaysian Rubber Industry”, “Smart Energy Consumption through Energy Efficiency Solution”, “Moving Towards Unmanned End of Line Packing Automation for Medical Gloves”, “IR4.0: Pandemic Upskilling and Reskilling Incentive” and “Fund for Automation and Green Technology: Supporting Rubber Products Industry Towards Sustainable Transformation”. The programme ended with a Q&A and photo sessions.
MRC on The Edge: Unveils Sustainability Plan, Committed to Driving Value in the Industry
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Encik Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff, CEO of MRC, had a virtual meeting today with YM Raja Yahya Raja Ariffin, CEO of SIRIM STS Sdn Bhd, to discuss the potential implementation of training and consultancy related to the Factory Transformation Programme for manufacturing companies in the rubber industry sector. MRC and SIRIM STS’s management teams were also present in the meeting.
SIRIM STS Sdn Bhd is a one-stop resource centre for services related to the development of Malaysian Standards (MS) and SIRIM Industry Standards. It serves as a WTO National Enquiry Point on technical barriers to trade, supports knowledge dissemination through Technical Library, and upgrades the human capital of local industries through training. In addition, SIRIM STS aspires to assist organisations and their personnel towards implementing excellent business culture by associating quality, technology and best practices in their daily work demands.
In his speech, Encik Nurul Islam highlighted MRC's effort in implementing a new program called the '3 + 1 I' Fund, which refers to ideas, inventions, innovations, and investments to promote new products and technologies in the rubber industry. It is hoped that this strategy will help diversify the country's rubber products to be marketed globally and increase the value of the country's rubber exports.
MRC will also set up a Commercialisation Unit tasked with identifying potential investors and innovations with commercial potential, as well as being active in promoting commercialisation and investment opportunities. In addition, the unit will also focus on providing advice by experts and formulate specific initiatives aimed at fostering commercialisation and investment activities in the Malaysian rubber sector.
Among the topics presented by SIRIM STS Sdn Bhd today is to help manufacturing companies in the rubber industry improve their production capacity by applying Green 5S, Lean Management, Innovation Management and Quality Tools & Techniques towards preparing industry players in facing the Industrial Revolution 4.0 or IR 4.0.
In line with MRC’s initiative launched in 2019, Fund for Automation and Green Technology (FAGT), to encourage the widespread use of automation in which will help to increase efficiency and further intensifying competition among the country's rubber industry players.
Rak Amal Kongsi Rezeki to Provide Sustenance for Targeted Group with Food Disruption
MRC visited several organizations on 8 & 9 July 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey to explore new opportunities and potential collaborations for Malaysian rubber product manufacturers.
MRC officers met with Altinok Consulting Engineering, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Qualchem Dis Ticaret and Rekor Kaucuk to discuss on possibilties for these organizations to adopt Made in Malaysia enginereed rubber products, tyre retreading products, rubberised road and Ekoprena.
The visit was held in conjunction with the Ministerial Mission to the Middle East and Africa.
Roundtable Discussion with Agri Commodity Industry Members in Istanbul, Turkey
MRC participated in the Roundtable Discussion with Agri Commodity Industry Members in Istanbul, Turkey on 7 July 2021. The session was led by YB Dato' Dr. Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) and received attendance from Turkish industry players in rubber, palm oil and timber sectors.
During the session, MRC presented a paper on "Trade Opportunities in Rubber Sector". The event was part of the programmes for the Ministerial Mission to the Middle East & Africa organised by the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) and participated by MRC, Malaysian Palm Oil Council and Malaysian Timber Council.
Ministerial Mission with MPIC Minister to Expand the National Agricommodity Market to the Middle East & Africa
Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) Malaysia, YB Dato' Dr. Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali is currently on an Official Mission to expand the National Agricommodity market to the Middle East and Africa. The purpose of this mission includes to increase the country's agricommodity exports, especially palm oil, rubber, timber and cocoa.
This mission is to strengthen the trade relations between Malaysia and Egypt, especially involving Malaysian Agricommodities such as palm oil, timber, rubber and cocoa as a continuation of virtual bilateral talks between the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin and the President of the Republic of Egypt, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on June 17, 2021.
For 2020, a total of 155,000 tonnes of palm oil and palm oil products have been exported to Egypt with a trade value of RM777 million. Rubber recorded an export value of RM184 million, while for the cocoa sub -sector RM87 million was recorded. Exports of palm oil, rubber and cocoa have a great potential to be strengthened by looking at Egypt's population of 104 million people as well as its strategic geographical position at the entrance to Europe through the Suez Canal.
Egypt also has the potential to be the gateway to North African countries as Egypt has signed free trade agreements with those countries.
In a meeting with Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Nevin Gamea, an agreement was reached for a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the supply of timber from Malaysia to the timber industry in its 'Furniture Town' in Dimyat, Egypt, particularly involving rubber wood.
Through this visit, they also had the opportunity to explore smart partnerships between two ministries involving Malaysian rubber technology such as 'seismic bearing' technology that can absorb earthquake shocks for tall buildings, bridges, highways and oil platforms at sea. The same goes for Ecoprina tire technology which is a green technology as well as rubber mixed road paving technology. This technology is able to reduce road damage during summer.
The mission which started in Cairo, Egypt on 3 - 6 July 2021 will continue its journey to the next destination in Turkey. Pray that the team of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) together with all agencies and councils under the Ministry will continue to prosper for the people and the country.
MRC together with Yayasan Amal Malaysia Launches Amal Kongsi Rezeki to Help Asnaf and the Underprivileged Affected Due to Covid-19
The Technical Unit of CPR has conducted and completed the third Industry-University Interaction Session this morning as part of the activities under the MRC Industry Linkage Fund (ILF) programme. The objective of the session is to highlight the potential areas for research collaboration between the rubber & rubber products industry and the researchers from universities and other research institutions.
A total of 260 virtual participants tuned in to the presentations from 13 speakers selected from the industry associations (MARGMA, MRPA/FRTAM and MRPMA), Malaysian Rubber Board, universities (USM, UNM, MMU, MIU, HWUM and UTP) and the rubber companies (Doshin, KL-Kepong and Hebe) during the session.
Virtual Bilateral Meeting with Malaysian Rubber Board
Encik Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff, the CEO of MRC, together with MRC management team, held a virtual bilateral meeting today with Dato' Dr. Zairossani bin Mohd Nor, Director General of Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) and the management members from MRB to discuss on the areas of collaboration between both parties.
In his speech, Encik Nurul Islam highlighted that MRC will continue to create values for the downstream sectors and add values for the midstream and upstream sectors while connecting them to ensure that the rubber industry is moving forward as a whole.
The topics discussed at the meeting include standards for regulations and promotions, commercialisation and technical collaborations, and consultations. Moving forward, establishing sub-communication and training collaborations will be implemented between MRC and MRB as this meeting aims to continue refining MRC and MRB roles to build a resilient Malaysian rubber industry.
Virtual Courtesy Call with Representatives from RESPECT Sdn Bhd
Encik Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff, the CEO of MRC, together with his management team, held a virtual courtesy call today with representatives from RESPECT Sdn Bhd including Dr Halim Shah Dato Hamzah, Managing Director, Mr Jazril Effendi, Chief Operations Officer, Mr Syahir Ezzudin bin Yusuf, General Manager Business Development to discuss the latest program by RESPECT.
Bridging the gap between the discoveries established by universities and research centres with the industry for commercialisation, RESPECT, a spin-off company for Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), and its team of national experts provides practical and feasible solutions to organisations. RESPECT aims to transform the industry players in Malaysia towards Industrial Revolution 4.0.
MRC has proposed implementing the 3+1 I's programme, which refers to ideas, invention, innovation, and investment to promote new products and technologies in the rubber industry. This strategy is expected to help diversify the country's rubber products to be marketed globally and thus help increase the value of the country's rubber exports.
In his speech, Encik Nurul Islam highlighted MRC efforts through Industry Linkage Fund, a funding programme for the Malaysian rubber products industry, collaborates with universities and research institutions on research projects to contribute to Malaysia’s development.
Moving forward in supporting the strategic commercial and investment initiatives envisaged by YB Dato' Dr Mohd Khairuddin bin Aman Razali, MRC will set up a Commercialisation Unit to provide expert advice and draft specialised initiatives to promote commercialisation and investment activities in the Malaysian rubber sector.
MRC, PRIM and UniKL Discussed on the Latest Progress on the Education Programmes
Mr Pak-Kuen Chan (PK), The President of Plastics and Rubber Institute of Malaysia, and Mr Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff, Chief Executive Officer of MRC, along with the management members from MRC and PRIM together with representatives from University of Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) held a virtual meeting today to discuss on the latest progress on the education programmes.
PRIM is an NGO for professionals in the Malaysian rubber and plastic industry. PRIM sought to promote the dissemination of knowledge and development of polymer science and technology while encouraging education to train managers, chemists, physicists, engineers, technologists, and others engaged in the polymer industries.
Among the topics discussed at the meeting were the latest progress and other activities held by PRIM and UniKL such as Professional Graduateship in Rubber Technology (PGRT) and other related matters to the Malaysian rubber industry, including future collaboration mechanisms between PRIM, UniKL and MRC.
MRC Successfully Matched Global Buyers with Malaysian Manufacturers through e-GSM Programme
MRC has successfully conducted its second e-Global Sourcing Mission (e-GSM) programme. The e-GSM was organised from 27 – 28 May and 31 May – 1 June 2021. It is an initiative by MRC to facilitate global buyers in identifying and meeting with genuine Malaysian manufacturers through an online platform to source for quality rubber products from Malaysia in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The e-GSM received a good response from the potential buyers and Malaysian manufacturers. A total of 62 business-matching sessions have been coordinated between 30 potential buyers and 19 Malaysian rubber and rubber product manufacturers. International buyers, importers and distributors from 16 countries such as USA, Germany, UK, Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, Kuwait, Turkey, China and India participated in the programme. The buyers were interested to source for Made-in-Malaysia rubber automotive components, engineered rubber products, latex foam and latex mattresses, rubber catheters, non-medical rubber gloves (industrial, household, food handling gloves) and specialty rubber materials (green rubber).
Malaysia’s Rubber Industry Recorded Strong Export Performance in Quarter 1, 2021
MRC has successfully participated in CMEF Spring 2021 from 13 – 16 May 2021 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre, Shanghai, China. MRC continues its presence in the exhibition amid Covid-19 pandemic by hosting three Malaysian rubber medical device manufacturers and exporters, namely Top Glove, NS Uni-Gloves and ASAP International. A wide range of Made-in-Malaysia quality rubber medical gloves were showcased during the exhibition under the MRC Malaysia Pavilion.
MRC Malaysia Pavilion received over 200 enquiries from potential buyers who were interested in sourcing quality rubber medical devices. The highly sought-after product was examination gloves. MRC also arranged business matching sessions between participating Malaysian companies and potential buyers during the four-day event. Prominent LED advertising screens which were strategically situated at one of the main entrances to the fairground were put up by MRC to increase the awareness on Made-in-Malaysia rubber medical devices among the visitors as well as garnering footfall to the MRC Malaysia Pavilion. The next edition of CMEF Spring will be held in April 2022 in Shanghai, China.
Visitors at MRC Malaysia Pavilion in CMEF Spring 2021
Explore Malaysian Rubber Medical Devices in Arab Health Online 2021
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Arab Health which is one of the most important medical shows in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region has been remodelled into a hybrid event for 2021. The online event will take place from 23 May – 22 July 2021, while maintaining the physical event that will also be held from 21 – 24 June 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Due to travel restrictions, MRC will continue its annual participation in Arab Health by participating in the Arab Health Online this year. MRC’s presence at the online show will further enable Malaysian rubber medical devices to be promoted through online platform and reach target audience from all around the world. Explore Arab Health Online at https://connections.arabhealthonline.com/event/arab-health to connect with MRC and know more about the strengths and capabilities of Malaysian manufacturers in producing wide array of high-quality rubber medical devices essential for the global healthcare industry.
MRC Participated in Road to Recovery Webinar: "Advancing Ahead in Recovery - The Future of the Rubber Industry for Gloves and Beyond" Organized by MIGHT
Encik Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff, Chief Executive Officer of MRC participated in Road to Recovery Webinar today organized by the Malaysian-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) together with Dato Dr Zairossani Mohd Nor, Director General of Malaysian Rubber Board to discuss on topic "Advancing Ahead in Recovery - The Future of the Rubber Industry for Gloves and Beyond".
The panelists discussed the strategy for the Malaysian rubber industry to continue being ahead in the global rubber sector. Encik Nurul Islam said that MRC is focusing on building up the local SME capacity and capability. Through one of the programmes, SME companies especially from the dry rubber sector will be identified and nurtured towards exploring the international market.
MRC creates value to the industry through development of new and enhanced downstream products as well as upstream and midstream equipment or technologies. This is undertaken via collaboration with local universities and research institutions under the RM3 million Industry Linkage Fund (ILF). MRC is also coming up with a new and improved 3+1 I’s Fund to among others diversify the industry offerings to the global market.
Promoting Malaysian Rubber Products Through MRC’s e-Global Sourcing Mission (e-GSM)
Following the success of the first e-Global Sourcing Mission (e-GSM) last year, MRC is set to organize the second e-GSM to be held from 27 – 28 May and 31 May – 1 June 2021.The e-GSM is an initiative by MRC to facilitate buyers in identifying and meeting with genuine Malaysian manufacturers via a safe online platform to source for quality rubber products from Malaysia.
The key rubber products that are promoted under this e-GSM programme are Rubber Automotive Components, Engineered Rubber Products, Precured Treads and Retreading Materials, Latex Foam and Latex Mattresses, Rubber Catheters, Non-Medical Rubber Gloves (Industrial, Household, Food Handling Gloves) and Specialty Rubber Materials (Green Rubber). For more information, please contact Mr Syazwan (email@example.com) or Ms Lyn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MRC Discussed Potential Collaboration in Rubber Industry with Mah Sing Healthcare Sdn Bhd
Tan Sri Dato' Sri Leong Hoy Kum, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive, Dato'
Steven Ng Poh Seng, Executive Director and
leadership team of Mah Sing Group Bhd and Encik Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff, Chief Executive Officer of MRC together with MRC’s Management had a virtual meeting today to discuss potential collaboration in rubber industry.
Mah Sing Healthcare Sdn Bhd was established in 2020 by Mah Sing Group Bhd. Leveraging on its manufacturing expertise for more than four decades from Mah Sing Plastics Industries Sdn Bhd, the business diversification would be able to serve the growing consumer demand in medical and non-medical gloves.
Among the topics discussed during the meeting were on the latest export trend of Malaysia’s nitrile and latex medical gloves, market intelligence and important matters related to Malaysian gloves industry, as well as the future collaboration mechanism between Mah Sing Healthcare and MRC.
MRC Talks About Future-Proofing the Rubber Industry in The Star
PUTRAJAYA, May 10 — The Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC) handed RM20 million to the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) today for the Covid-19 Fund.
The Covid-19 Fund donation cheque was handed by Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof at a ceremony here.
MRC chief executive officer Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff said MRC, an agency under the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry, is committed to supporting the government’s efforts to boost the economy and help Malaysians affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This is in line with the excellent performance shown by the rubber industry in the last year especially in the rubber gloves industry,” he said in a statement.
The Covid-19 Fund was launched by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on March 11, 2020 to provide various kinds of financial assistance to Malaysians in fighting Covid-19 and to finance efforts to curb the spread of the disease. The fund is managed by Nadma. — Bernama
MRC Donates to the B40 Group of Rubber Smallholders in Jasin, Melaka
The Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC) together with Yang Berhormat Dato’ Mohd Khairuddin bin Aman Razali, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities distributed donations to the B40 group of rubber smallholders in Jasin, Melaka, today.
The ceremony was also attended by YB Datuk Norhizam Bin Hasan Baktee, EXCO of Agriculture, Datuk Ustaz Kamarudin Bin Hj. Sidek, Religious Advisor to YAB Chief Minister of Melaka, Chief Executive Officer of MRC, Encik Nurul Islam Mohammed Yusoff and Chairman of Pertubuhan Warisan Ukhuwah, Encik Mohammed Saufee bin Othman.
Contributions were channeled by the Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC) to 200 recipients of the B40 group of rubber smallholders in the Jasin area in Melaka.
YB Minister together with Encik Nurul Islam Mohammed Yusoff presented the contribution at JAPERUN Complex in DUN Bemban, Jasin, Melaka as a sign of gratitude from MPIC and MRC to the B40 group for helping the rubber industry in Malaysia.
MRC Received Courtesy Visit from Multimedia University (MMU)
Encik Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff, the CEO of MRC together with his management team received a courtesy visit from Multimedia University (MMU) yesterday consisted of by Prof Ir Hairul Azhar Abdul Rashid, Vice President, Research & Innovation, Prof. Zulfadzli Yusof, Director Research Management Centre, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ervina Efzan Mhd Noor, Director Research Programme & Collaboration Center.
The objective of the visit was to discuss regarding collaboration in the areas of research, innovation and commercialisation. The strategic collaboration intent is to focus on the development of rubber products as well as establishing solutions and technology to enhance the upstream, midstream together with the downstream sectors of rubber industry.
Among the key points deliberated were on the funding programme namely MRC Industry Linkage Fund where the fund will facilitate the Malaysian rubber products industry to initiate collaboration with universities and key research institutions.
The 3+1 i's Fund was also discussed during the visit to further promote the generation of ideas, innovations and inventions of rubber products and technologies with high commercial viability for the Malaysian rubber industry.
A courtesy call from the Chairman, Kencana Jayamas Mr. Mohamad Samsuri Mat Ail to MRC headquarters yesterday aimed to establish relationship with MRC under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer, Encik Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff to seek advice and views in the field of glove industry latex and nitrile type rubber.
Kencana Jayamas is in the process of setting up a disposable latex and nitrile glove factory for inspection/surgery and plans to set up a 3-phase factory; Phase 1 a factory building with the installation of a double-blow machine to continue to operate the production of the product and market it by placing approximately 300 job opportunities.
For Phase 2 and Phase 3 is according to current needs and depends on market demand. The company will also establish a Research & Development (R&D) laboratory to obtain better quality products from time to time as well as to create biodegradable products.
MRC will give commitment to Kencana Jayamas by helping them to set up their factory for disposable latex and nitrile gloves for examination and surgery use.
The meeting ended with a tour to MRC Gallery.
MRC Malaysia Pavilion Continues its Presence in CMEF Spring 2021
CMEF Spring is one of the most important healthcare exhibitions globally. This year CMEF Spring will take place as scheduled from 13 – 16 May 2021 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre, Shanghai, China. In light of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, the show organizer will be monitoring and implementing a series of specific prevention and control measures in order to deliver a safe and successful event. All show attendants are also required for a real-name authentication and ID card-based admission prior entering to the exhibition venue.
MRC continues its presence at CMEF Spring 2021 by hosting three Malaysian rubber medical device manufacturers and exporters, namely Top Glove, N.S. Uni-Gloves and ASAP International. MRC booth will be manned by its China office representative. MRC Malaysia Pavilion will showcase a wide range of quality rubber medical devices at the event. Come and visit MRC Malaysia Pavilion at Hall 5.1, Booth R27 at CMEF Spring 2021 to source for quality rubber medical devices from Malaysia.
MRC Management Received Courtesy Visit from the Malaysian Rubber Products Manufacturers’ Association (MRPMA)
Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC), Encik Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff received a courtesy visit from the committee of the Malaysian Rubber Products Manufacturers’ Association (MRPMA) this morning, led by its President, Mr. Yeaw Kok Kwey and Vice President (Technical), Mr. Phang Kwai Keong.
The objective of this visit was to reinforce relationships that lead to more and supported business.
Among the discussions were the implementation of IR4.0 among SMEs in the rubber industry. Mr. Nurul Islam also shared about the RM20 million Fund for Automation and Green Technology provided by MRC that can be used for the transformation of SMEs towards IR4.0.
MRPMA also expressed its intention to participate in all trade shows organized or participated by MRC domestically or globally to promote their rubber products.
Courtesy Visit of MRC to Ministry of Water and Environment (KASA)
A courtesy call by MRC Management led by the Chief Executive Officer, Encik Nurul Islam bin Mohamed Yusof together with YB Dato 'Sri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, Minister of Environment and Water (KASA) took place today.
Discussions focused on how MRC can collaborate with KASA in the areas of automation and green technology in rubber industry.
Programmes to encourage members of the rubber industry in preserving and taking care of the environment will be discussed further in the near future.
The Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC) has organized a Donation Ceremony for the B40 Group of Rubber Smallholders together with Persatuan Kebajikan Sahabat Tahfiz Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan today.
The ceremony was attended by Yang Berhormat Dato 'Dr. Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities together with MRC’s Chief Executive Officer, Encik Nurul Islam Mohammed Yusoff.
A cash donation of RM10,000 to recipients comprising of B40 rubber smallholders from DUN Senaling, DUN Juasseh, DUN Johol, DUN Pilah and DUN Seri Menanti was held today at Laman Gentam, Kuala Pilah to help ease their burden.
First Session of MRC Townhall 2021: “Soaring Beyond New Horizon”
MRC townhall was held today for the first time this year after Encik Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff was appointed as MRC's CEO in March 2021.
With his speech titled “Soaring Beyond New Horizon”, Encik Nurul shared his thoughts and perspectives on MRC’s milestones, reflected on key challenges that MRC faces and last but not least, his aspirations on what the future holds for MRC.
Encik Nurul also shared his believes in the right work culture and mindset that could lead the organization towards achieving its greatest success.
He ended his speech by thanking everyone in MRC for their contribution thus far and hoping for everyone to join him in the next chapter of MRC’s journey, to spread the wings and soar beyond the horizon together.
MRC staffs were also given a smart watch each as to promote the healthy work life balance to everyone.
“The groundwork for all happiness is good health.” - Leigh Huntz
The Management of MRC Pays a Courtesy Visit to Top Glove
MRC Management led by the Chief Executive Officer, Encik Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff paid a courtesy visit to Top Glove and was welcomed by Tan Sri Dr. Lim Wee Chai, Chairman of Top Glove, Dato Lee Kim Meow, Managing Director together with its management today.
The meeting began with a visit to Top Glove Tower where MRC had the opportunity to learn about the values inculcated in the management of Top Glove especially in the care of a healthy lifestyle as they place such great importance on employee welfare.
Discussions between MRC and Top Glove today focused on MRC’s role and collaboration with the largest rubber glove manufacturer. Top Glove also shared their future plans and efforts in hiring local workers as well as creating a conducive work environment for all their staff and employees.
Soon after the discussion, MRC management was also taken to visit the Top Glove Research and Development Center to understand the research behind the process of producing high quality rubber gloves. Next was a visit to the medical rubber glove production division to understand the production process of the products.
Finally, MRC was taken to the Top Glove employees' dormitory to look at the facilities provided to their employees. Spacious dormitory rooms, comfortable pillows and mattresses, atm machines, grocery store, money changer, remittance service, laundry room and barber shop are among the facilities available. This visit can confirmed that Top Glove takes good care of their employees’ welfare and beings.
MRC Welcomes Forest Plantation Development Sdn Bhd
Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC) received a courtesy visit from the General Manager of the Forest Plantation Development Sdn Bhd (FPDSB), Encik Zharudin Narudin today. Forest Plantation Development Sdn Bhd (FPDSB) is the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) of the Government with the sole purpose of implementing the Forest Plantation Development Programme in Malaysia.
MRC Chaired Joint Meeting with MPOC & MTC on the Establishment of Malaysian Agricomodities Regional Office in Jeddah
The third joint meeting between MPOC-MRC-MTC was held today at MRC Office, chaired by the Chief Executive Officer, Encik Nurul Islam bin Mohamed Yusoff. The meeting was attended by the other two entrusted agencies by the Ministry; Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Dr. Hj. Wan Zawawi Wan Ismail, Ms. Belvinder Kaur Sron, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Faisal Iqbal, Deputy Director of the Marketing & Market Development and Mr. Mohd Izham Hassan, Manager of the Marketing & Market Development; as well as Malaysian Timber Council (MTC), represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Tuan Muhtar Suhaili, Mr. Roger Chin as the COO, Mr. Khairul Anwar and Ms. Agnes Seah as the Director and Manager of the International Business Development Division of South Asia, Middle East and Africa. Today's discussion focused in-depth on matters involving the establishment of the Malaysian agricomodity regional office in Jeddah. A visit to MRC Gallery with some briefings on rubber products were also given to MPOC and MTC by MRC’s Marketing and Development Division as soon as the meeting ended.
A courtesy visit to YBhg. Datuk Ravi Muthayah, Secretary General of Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities by MRC’s Chief Executive Officer, Encik Nurul Islam bin Mohamed Yusoff took place today. Discussion held during the visit focused on the role of MRC as a Council in working together hand in hand with the Ministry to elevate Malaysia’s rubber industry.
Joint Meeting between MPOC-MRC-MTC on the Establishment of Malaysian Agricomodities Regional Office in Jeddah and Courtesy Call by CEO of MRC
On 9 March 2021, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, announced an agreement with the Government of Saudi Arabia to increase the total imports of Malaysian palm oil into the country from 318,000 metric tonnes to 500,000 metric tonnes. Meanwhile, on 9 February 2021, YB Dato Dr Ust Dr. Khairuddin at-Takiri, Minister of Industries, Industries and Commodities had announced plans to set up a regional commodity office in Jeddah to be the country’s commodity product marketing hub to the Middle East and African countries.
In realizing this aspiration, three agencies under Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, namely Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC) and Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) have been entrusted with the task of establishing this office. A second meeting was held at the MTC Office on 25th March 2021 and the meeting was chaired by the CEO of MTC to further discuss on this matter. The first meeting was chaired by the CEO of MPOC and the meeting was held at the MPOC’s Office and it is anticipated that third meeting will then be chaired by the CEO of MRC, Encik Nurul Islam bin Mohamed Yusoff at the MRC office in KL Sentral.
The discussion of the meeting that was held yesterday focused on key items such as the identification of a strategic location, estimated cost of establishment and operation as well as the proposed allocation from each agency in establishing the office. The office which is expected to be opened in early of July, will play the critical role as the main marketing hub for the country's commodity products. The marketing of rubber products, rubber gloves, rubber medical products, engineered rubber products and rubber automotive products will be the main focus for this country.
After the meeting had ended, Encik Nurul Islam, the CEO of MRC also took the opportunity to pay a courtesy call to Encik Muhtar Suhaili As-Sarawaki, CEO of MTC and leveraged on the opportunity to exchange views and ideas in developing the country's commodity industry. Next, the group proceeded for a gallery tour arranged by MTC to showcase their wood gallery that houses the country’s wood products. One product that was shown which piqued the interest was a wood product from oil palm trunks technologically developed from a joint study done by the National Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) which is still in the development phase. If it is successfully commercialized, the dependence of the country's timber industry on forest timber can be reduced and help to protect the country's natural treasures. It is also in line with the 12th Sustainable Development Goals which is Responsible Consumption and Production.
Courtesy Visit to MRC by LGM Properties Corporation
MRC received a courtesy visit from LGM Properties Corporation this morning which was attended by its Chairman, Hj. Muhammad Ismi Mat Talib; Tuan Hj. Ir Abdul Ariffahmi Ab
Rahman as the Chief Executive Officer and Suhaini Haron, the Chief Operation Officer.
A visit to MRC Gallery together with some briefings on rubber products were also given to LGM Properties Corporation by MRC’s Chief Executive Officer, Nurul Islam bin Mohamed Yusoff.
Presentation on TARGET and Courtesy Visits to MPIC
Presentation on the Guidelines for the Establishment of the National Rubber Industry Transformation Project (TARGET) by YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Zairossani Mohd Nor, Director General of the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB), to YB Dato’ Dr. Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) today. Also present, MPIC Secretary General, YBhg. Datuk Ravi Muthayah; Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC); Tuan Haji Ariffahmi, Chief Executive Officer, LGMPC; Wan Asmady, Divisional Secretary, MPIC and Izwan Zarik, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, MRC.
The project, which is expected to increase the income of the smallholders, will be implemented by MRB in collaboration with MRC and LGMPC. The project will also be funded by MRC with a grant of RM6 million using the technology of rubber crepe machines invented by MRB scientists.
A series of courtesy visit from the Chief Executive Officer of MRC, Nurul Islam bin Mohamed Yusof to the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC), YB Dato 'Dr. Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, Deputy Ministers, YB Dato’ Sri Wee Jeck Seng and Datuk Willie Mongin that took place right after.
Discussions held during the visit which focused on strategies to upgrade the living standards of rubber tappers, the B40 group, industry 4.0 as well as to ensure sustainable business planning and model.
MRC Welcomes Nurul Islam Mohamed Yusoff as the Newly Appointed CEO
On 15 March 2021, Nurul Islam bin Mohamed Yusoff has officially reported on duty as the new CEO in MRC. Together with him on that day was MRC’s Chairman, Yang Mulia Raja Dato’ Hj Idris Raja Kamarudin. MRC is delighted to welcome Nurul Islam and look forward to achieve great success together under his leadership and experience as the member of the Board of Directors of Malaysian Rubber Board and LGM Properties Corporation.
The Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC) invites companies that have expertise and experience in virtual platform to participate in a tender on MRC Virtual Showcase.
Only qualified companies are eligible to participate in the tender. The criteria for pre-qualification of companies are as follows:-
Must be a registered company with Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM).
Company must be established for at least 3 years.
Experience in handling at least one virtual trade show/event.
Interested companies will need to provide the necessary supporting documents including a copy of company’s business registration certificate with SSM and portfolio to fulfil the above requirements to Ms Sheen at email@example.com by 12.00 noon, 17 February 2021 (Wednesday).
The information submitted by the companies will be verified by MRC and a notification will be sent to the qualified companies. The companies will need to confirm their attendance at the tender briefing in advance with MRC. Companies that are not able to send their representative to attend the briefing will be excluded from the tender process.
Details of the Tender briefing are as follows:DATE : 22 February 2021, Monday
TIME : 2.00 pm
VENUE : Online Meeting