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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MREPC Participates in Arab Health 2018

MREPC will host its first grand pavilion of the year at Arab Health 2018, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 29 January to 1 February 2018. A total of 11 Malaysian manufacturers of medical gloves, condoms, rubber catheters and other rubber medical devices will participate under the MREPC Pavilion. This year, MREPC’s Pavilion will be in a new location at Za'abeel Hall 4.

Arab Health is deemed as the largest annual gathering of healthcare and trade professionals in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The event serves as an ideal platform to discover state-of-the-art technology and the latest developments in healthcare products and services as well as providing opportunities to connect with different decision makers. The 2018 edition of the event is expected to welcome more than 4,200 exhibiting companies and 103,000 attendees from more than 150 countries.

Under the theme “Innovation: Making a Difference”, MREPC will showcase a wide array of innovative and unique rubber products from Malaysia. Come and visit MREPC’s Pavilion at Za'abeel Hall 4, Booth Z4.E01 to source high-quality made-in-Malaysia rubber medical devices.



MREPC Participates in Arab Health 2018

MREPC Participates in Arab Health 2018

18
Jan , 2018

Maiden Participation at Medical Japan 2018

MREPC will be participating at Medical Japan 2018 for the first time. The annual Medical Japan, a business–to-business exhibition, will be held at INTEX Osaka from 21 to 23 February 2018. Medical Japan, comprising 7 specialised shows, is Japan’s largest trade show covering a wide array of products, services and technologies for healthcare, clinical testing, diagnostics and medicine. It is supported by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Based on the tremendous response in 2017, Medical Japan 2018 is expected to attract more than 40,000 medical and elderly care experts.

MREPC will have a promotional booth at one of the 7 specialised shows, the [Hospital + Innovation] Expo, where exhibitors will showcase various medical devices, IVD products, infection control and medical supplies. MREPC will be exhibiting high quality made-in-Malaysia rubber medical devices during the 3-day event. Come and meet us at Hall 4, Booth No. 25-36 for more information!



Maiden Participation at Medical Japan 2018

Maiden Participation at Medical Japan 2018

18
Jan , 2018

New Year Message from the CEO


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

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