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).
MREPC will make its maiden participation at the Philippines' leading International Auto Parts, Accessories, Service & Repair Equipment Expo (PHILAUTO) in Metro Manila from 24 to 26 July 2019. Seven Malaysian rubber automotive manufacturers and exporters will participate at the event, with six housed under MREPC’s Pavilion.
Organised by AMB Tarsus Events Group, PHILAUTO 2019 is the biggest international business-to-business event for the automotive aftermarket segment in the Philippines. This year’s PHILAUTO marks its 6th edition and will occupy a bigger exhibition space of over 9,000 sqm. It is expected to draw more than 5,000 local and international visitors. The 3-day event will feature the latest products covering automotive parts and systems, accessories, electronics and entertainment devices, as well as specialised tuning and modifications, service, repair and maintenance.
Come and visit MREPC’s Pavilion at Booth 513 & 522 to source high quality made-in-Malaysia rubber automotive components.
MREPC organised a working visit on mattresses to Australia from 30 June - 5 July 2019. Led by the Director of Marketing & Development, Mr Muhammad Fazli, the working visit covered Melbourne and Sydney, Australia’s two largest markets.
Two Malaysian mattress manufacturers joined the working visit, namely Getha Sdn Bhd and AeroFoam Manufacturing Sdn Bhd. During the five-day event, the delegates met with senior officers and visited the factories of several Australian mattress manufacturers. These were Select-O-Pedic, Chiropedic, Slumbercare Bedding, AH Beard and Latex Bedding. The meetings provided the delegates with useful feedback on the mattress industry in Australia as well as the opportunity to promote the usage of Malaysian latex foam and mattresses.
MREPC's Inaugural Participation in a Specialised Pharmaceutical Trade Fair in Japan
MREPC participated in INTERPHEX Japan 2019 from 3 to 5 July 2019. The event, which is Japan's largest and Asia's leading exhibition for pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging technologies, was held at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan. This was MREPC’s first-time participation in INTERPHEX. MREPC took up an 18-sqm promotional booth during the 3-day event to showcase high-quality cleanroom products from Malaysia.
MREPC disseminated various promotional collateral materials during the event, including product flyers in Japanese, product brochures and glove samples from Malaysian cleanroom glove manufacturers, in efforts to explore and expand into the cleanroom products market in the pharmaceutical industry in Japan. MREPC’s strategic placement of standing buntings at the train station’s hallway heading to the hall received extensive attention from the visitors, resulting in attracting more visitors to MREPC’s booth. Enquiries received by MREPC officers were mainly on nitrile and latex cleanroom gloves as well as medical gloves.
The next edition of INTERPHEX Japan will be delayed to November 25 – 27 2020 and held at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo due to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.
Mr Fadli Adilah, Deputy Chief of Mission of Malaysian Embassy (third from the left), and MATRADE Tokyo officers visited MREPC’s booth.
Hospitalar 2019, which was the 26th edition, proved to be a major healthcare exhibition for the Latin American market. Held at Expo Centre Norte in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the 4-day event from 21 – 24 May 2019 hosted more than 1,000 exhibitors and attracted over 80,000 visitors. MREPC’s participation at Hospitalar 2019 marked its return after its last participation in 2008.
Enquiries received by MREPC’s promotional booth were mainly on medical gloves. The most number of enquiries were from Brazil, followed by Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Apart from the regular promotional collateral, MREPC has also developed a new Product Catalogue in Portuguese and Spanish to cater for the Latin America market. MREPC also had a prominent banner put up in the exhibition hall to highlight quality rubber medical devices from Malaysia.
The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) has recently published RDC 270/2019 which provides a new notification pathway for Class I medical devices and IVDs. Qualifying low-risk medical devices will not undergo full ANVISA registration. For more information, please visit:
The gas tariff hike of 5.3% is expected to only minimally impact glove manufacturers' earnings in the third quarter, said CGS-CIMB. The additional cost from the tariff hikes is expected to be manageable, as gas makes up only 8% to 10% of the total cost for glove makers. In the event that glove manufacturers fully absorb the additional cost, CGS-CIMB estimates a net increase of 0.4% to 0.5% in total costs. This will result in a minimally negative impact to the sector's earnings by 0.4% to 1.2% for 2019 to 2021.
European Commission Clarifies Medical Device Vigilance Requirements
19 July 2019
The European Commission has published new guidance clarifying manufacturers' obligations under the Medical Device Vigilance System established by the Medical Devices Directive (MDD). The guidance augments issues covered by MEDDEV 2.12-1 rev. 8, including Manufacturer's Incident Reports (MIR), and field safety actions and notices, and device-specific vigilance reporting recommendations.