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16 May 2020
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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 (MPIC). 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).
KUALA LUMPUR, 20 MAY 2020: The Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC), an agency under the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities tasked to undertake market promotion of quality Malaysian rubber products in world markets, today announced the appointment of Yang Mulia Raja Dato' Haji Idris Raja Kamarudin as its new Chairman.
Having led various private limited, public listed and multinational companies, Yang Mulia Raja Dato' Haji Idris brings an incomparable wealth of experience and strategic vision to the Council. He has served in leadership roles at Siemens Malaysia, TDM Berhad, Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad, and Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor group of companies among others.
MREPC Chief Executive Officer Brandon Chan said, “We are delighted to welcome Yang Mulia Raja Dato' Haji Idris Raja Kamarudin to the MREPC Board of Trustees. Under his stewardship, we are confident that the Council will continue to strengthen Malaysia’s position as a leading global sustainable rubber products player.”
Yang Mulia Raja Dato' Haji Idris brings to MREPC more than thirty years of experience and is currently helming TDM Berhad, a public listed subsidiary of Terengganu Incorporated Sdn Bhd (TI), the strategic investment arm of the Terengganu State Government, as the Director and Chairman.
He also serves as a Board member of Perbadanan Kemajuan Iktisad Negeri Kelantan (PKINK) and a member of the advisory board of Majlis Penasihat Ekonomi Negeri Kelantan (MPEN).
A Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) in United Kingdom, Yang Mulia Raja Dato’ Haji Idris also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management from University of Derby, UK.
MREPC's participation in the 45th edition of Arab Health which was held from 27 - 30 January 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE turned out to be very successful. The newly located MREPC Malaysia Pavilion at Hall 7 which housed 12 Malaysian rubber product companies as co-exhibitors received high number of visitors of more than 3,000 people throughout the event. MREPC also facilitated more than 100 business matching sessions between the potential buyers and Malaysian rubber medical device companies.
MREPC embarked on new on-site promotional platforms which included prominent advertisements at the main entrances and huge grid banners on the outside of main exhibition hall that proved to be impactful in branding Malaysia as the source of quality rubber medical devices and garnering more footfall to the MREPC Malaysia Pavilion.
MREPC also recorded its highest ever trade leads received which was over 400 enquiries compared to the previous editions. Rubber medical glove was the most sought after products, followed by catheters, condoms and other rubber medical devices. Majority of the enquiries were from the Middle East, Africa and South Asian countries. MREPC was also honoured to receive the visit of Ambassador of Malaysia to the UAE, His Excellency Mohd Tarid Bin Sufian.
For the first time, MREPC organized a Chinese New Year's Celebration Dinner which was attended by the Malaysian exhibitors and government agencies in Dubai. The show's next edition will be held from 1 - 4 February 2021 which will also coincide with the World Expo 2020 Dubai.
Chinese New Year Celebration Dinner with Malaysian participants and agencies in Dubai
MREPC with Malaysian participants at Arab Health 2020
Malaysia Donates 18 Million Pieces Medical Gloves to Wuhan
The Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC), Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) and Malaysian rubber glove manufacturers have collaborated and pledged to donate 18 million pieces of medical gloves to Wuhan, China to assist in the fight against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic. The initiative was announced by the Minister of Primary Industries, YB Teresa Kok during a press conference which was held on Friday, 31 January 2020 at the Ministry of Primary Industries. During the event, YB Minister together with the Malaysian rubber glove manufacturers symbolically handed over medical gloves to His Excellency Bai Tian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Malaysia. The glove companies that came forward to support the humanitarian drive are Smart Glove, Top Glove, Hartalega, Supermax, Kossan, YTY, Brightway, Koon Seng and Careplus while MREPC is also contributing 2.12 million pieces of gloves. The medical gloves, both natural rubber and nitrile, will be sent to China in batches at the soonest.
YB Minister of Primary Industries together with His Excellency Bai Tian (right) and Mr Ravi Muthayah (left), Secretary General of the Ministry of Primary Industries during the press conference
Group photo after the press conference with YB Minister of Primary Industries and His Excellency Bai Tian
Promotion of Seismic Bearings at the International Conference on Building Resilience
The annual International Conference on Building Resilience was held for the ninth time in Bali, Indonesia from 13-15 January 2020 which saw participation from researchers and engineers worldwide. More than 130 papers were presented at the conference that carried the theme "Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Building Resilient Cities". MREPC participated in the event together with a Malaysian manufacturer, Doshin Rubber in an "umbrella concept" booth. MREPC also managed to secure a presentation slot and presented a paper entitled "Damping Requirement in Seismic Isolation for Earthquake Protection of Structures" during the conference. During the conference, MREPC received enquiries from researchers and engineering experts who were interested to know more about seismic isolation system, particularly the High-Damping Natural Rubber Bearings from Malaysia.
MREPC's officer explaining about the seismic isolation system to a visitor
The government can expect to collect more tax revenue from the rubber glove industry this year that can partially make up for reduced overall collection from most economic sectors. Analysts expect rubber glove companies to post "super bumper" earnings on a spike in demand of the products following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The EU Parliament has adopted the EU Commission’s proposal to postpone enforcement of the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) by one year until May 2021. The decision to delay was made in response to the COVID-19 outbreak’s impact on manufacturers, notified bodies, suppliers, research institutions, and other parties, with patient health and safety as a guiding principle. Though this delay would give businesses an extra year, it will be challenging for some businesses to prepare in the context of the pandemic.