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 Primary Industries. MREPC is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Minister of Primary Industries. 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).
Successful Participation in the World Congress of Surgery
MREPC participated in the biennial World Congress of Surgery (WCS) held at the ICE Congress Centre, Krakow, Poland from 11-15 August 2019. The conference attracted more than 2,000 participants and 21 companies took part in the exhibition to showcase the latest technology and innovation products in healthcare. Majority of the participants were surgeons and doctors from various medical specialties worldwide. The International Society of Surgery (ISS) is one of the scientific committees for World Congress of Surgery that consists of 16 medical experts from different countries representing each branch of medical field. The event provided a platform for the mutual exchange of scientific knowledge and new technology in medical field. MREPC booth highlighted several innovative gloves and also various types of medical gloves manufactured by Malaysian companies. Malaysia will be the host country for the next edition of World Congress of Surgery which will be held from 29 August -2 September 2021 to be organised by the College of Surgeons Academy of Medicine Malaysia (CSAMM).
The Director General of Ministry of Health Malaysia visited MREPC booth
Promotion of Rubber Medical Devices in Domestic Market
MREPC had a successful participation at APHM exhibition held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 29 – 31 July 2019. This annual event is organized by the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) with the theme "Corporate & Clinical Governance: Partnerships & Participation" and attracted local visitors as well as several foreign participants. Aside from the exhibition, APHM also hosted three other concurrent programmes which were APHM Nursing Conference, APHM-MLSM Medico-Legal Conference and International Sourcing Programme. Besides MREPC, there were four Malaysian glove companies participated on their own, namely Hartalega, Top Glove, Cross Protection and Bergamot. MREPC also participated in the International Sourcing Programme organised by MATRADE and met with five international buyers from Argentina, India, Korea, and Peru who were interested to source quality rubber medical devices from Malaysia.
MREPC executives attending to visitor's enquiry and having discussion with some of the visitors at the booth.
Specialised Mission on Engineering Rubber Products to Indonesia
Recognising the huge market potential for construction sector in Indonesia, MREPC once again is organising a specialised mission on engineering rubber products to Jakarta from 17 – 20 September 2019. This is part of MREPC’s ongoing efforts to increase awareness and educate the engineers and consultants in Indonesia on high-quality made-in-Malaysia engineering rubber products, particularly the High-Damping Natural Rubber Bearings (HDNRB).
The programme will include a seminar entitled ‘High-Damping Natural Rubber Bearings Technology as Seismic Isolator’ and a technical workshop on HDNRB. Business matching session will also be conducted among participating Malaysian manufacturers and Indonesian participants who are interested to source quality engineering rubber products from Malaysia.
Minister of Primary Industries launches the Fund for Automation and Green Technology
The MREPC Fund for Automation & Green Technology was officially launched by YB. Puan Teresa Kok, Minister of Primary Industry on 13 August 2019. This is an initiative aimed at supporting rubber product companies in adopting automation and green technologies in their manufacturing processes in line with the Government’s policy of driving modernisation and digital transformation in the manufacturing sector. Moving towards Industry 4.0 will assist in enhancing the competitiveness of the rubber product sector to address challenges from the growing global economic uncertainties. The Fund provides for a matching grant of up to 50% of the project costs for qualifying rubber product manufacturers in the area of automation and green technology in the areas of solar, biomass and water resources.
Malaysian Rubber Gloves Sector to See Profit with Weak Ringgit
20 September 2019
Affin Hwang Capital (Affin Hwang), a Malaysian-based investment banking group, has suggested that the weak demand for gloves from Malaysia was because of increased Chinese glove imports into the US, and highlighted a few challenges that has limited local glove manufacturers' ability to raise their selling price, namely the value perception between latex and nitrile gloves, overcapacity and the time lag in price-setting.
Malaysia: The New Automotive Policy - What Does the Future Hold?
20 September 2019
The delays in introducing the revised National Automotive Policy (NAP) have reached to a point that not many, including some industry players, are even enthusiastic about it anymore. Initially, it was supposed to be unveiled in the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19). It did not happen. As we now are coming to the end of 3Q19, nothing is yet announced on the new NAP.