MREPC participated for the first time at the International Seminar on Natural Rubber in Roads 2017. The event, which was held at the Centre of Excellence for Engineering & Technology JKR (CREaTE), Alor Gajah, Melaka, aimed to promote the use of rubber products particularly in road construction and infrastructure. An engineering rubber product manufacturer, Doshin Rubber Products, also participated at the exhibition.
The exhibition showcased a series of products and services related to construction and infrastructure, namely nano technology for road construction, traffic safety & pavement marking, road maintenance solution, pavement rehabilitation, road upgrading and advanced high-technology data collection for road improvement. A number of reputable companies involved in road construction in Malaysia such as Roadcare, Kemaman Bitumen, Shell Bitumen and Regent Holdings also participated at the event.
Several papers were presented by experienced local speakers which covered rubber compatibility with asphalt in road surfacing, the importance of rubberised modified bitumen and the history of natural rubber modified bitumen for road construction in Malaysia. Speakers from China, India and Thailand also shared their experience in applying natural rubber into modified bitumen in their home countries.
MREPC’s booth received several visitors mainly from the Public Works Department (PWD) throughout Malaysia and local road builders as well as local and foreign researchers. The majority of enquiries were on rubber expansion joints, rubber speed bumpers and other related products such as rubber parking posts and cat’s eye.