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).
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
For 45 years Arab Health has prided itself as the leading healthcare business platform in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. This year, Arab Health will be taking place from 27 - 30 January 2020 at Dubai World Trade Center. The event is expected to welcome over 4,000 exhibiting companies, 37 country pavilions and 55,000 attendees from 159 countries. MREPC continues its effort in promoting Malaysia as the source of quality rubber medical devices by having its largest pavilion to date that hosts 12 Malaysian rubber product manufacturers and exporters. The MREPC Malaysia Pavilion, which is located in the main hall, is an ideal sourcing place for high quality Made in Malaysia rubber medical devices such as medical gloves, condoms and Foley catheters. Come and visit MREPC Malaysia Pavilion at Hall 7, Booth H7.A30 for a wide range of high quality rubber medical devices from Malaysia at Arab Health 2020!
We at MREPC are seriously passionate about our Core Values of Creativity, Cooperation, Adaptability, Aggressiveness, Initiative and Integrity. As such, we welcome honest feedback both positive and negative in helping us to further improve. Effective 1st January 2020, our Whistleblower Programme shall take effect to offer a trusted platform for both our external and internal stakeholders to report on any incident or wrong-doing that goes against our Core Values, Vision and Mission. All reports will be treated with the utmost importance and will be strictly confidential.
You may write in or email us at:
Chairman, Board of Trustees or Chairman, Audit Committee
Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council
Unit 36-02, Level 36, East Wing, Q Sentral
2A, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, KL Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Opportunities for Made-in-Malaysia Rubber Medical Devices in Russia
MREPC participated at the recently concluded Zdravookhraneniye exhibition held at the Expocentre Fairground, Moscow, Russian Federation from 2 – 6 December 2019. Zdravookhraneniye is an international medical exhibition with a theme of medicine, health, hygiene, social support, medical engineering, products and consumables. The show was organised in conjunction with the Russian Health Care Week campaign and co-organised by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. The show entered its 29th edition this year. Apart from Zdravookhraneniye, the Russian Health Care Week also comprised other major international healthcare events such as Healthy Lifestyle, MedTravel Expo, Medical Clinics & Health and Spa Resort, Apteka, Stomatology and SportMed. Zdravookhraneniye 2019 drew over 30,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors from 30 countries.
A wide range of Made-in-Malaysia rubber medical devices were showcased at MREPC’s promotional booth. Most of the enquiries received were from traders and importers related to surgical gloves and examination gloves for both natural rubber and nitrile. MREPC’s participation in Zdravookhraneniye 2019 was successful and we look forward to participate with Malaysian manufacturers in the 30th edition of the show to be held from 7 – 10 December 2020 to further explore opportunities in the Russian market.
MREPC officer having discussion with potential buyers
A supply-demand imbalance is expected in 2020 with glove players expected to increase supply by about 14% (versus an annual global demand growth of 8% to 10%). However, we feel this will eventually normalise with an increase in glove demand from the US (due to the US-China trade war, Chinese gloves become more expensive, hence making Malaysian gloves more attractive).
FDA Finalizes Guidance on Annual Reports for Approved PMAs
14 January 2020
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month altered and finalized a 2014 draft guidance explaining what information needs to be provided in annual reports for medical devices subject to premarket approval (PMA). In terms of the changes between the draft and final version, FDA clarifies the wording on its expectations and offers further detail on what it's looking for in the report.