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).
MREPC Industry Awards are back with companies now being able to compete for new awards
The MREPC Industry Awards are back for the second time.
This year, companies will be able to submit their entries and compete for three new awards – Most Innovative, Green Business and Best Marketer awards.
“The MREPC Industry Awards signify MREPC’s continuous commitment to establish, develop and enhance a reputable national recognition programme for export achievements of the Malaysian rubber products industry. These awards are not just given to companies based on their export performances in the past three years, but also to companies that have made headways to showcase the industry’s capabilities and innovation to the world, adopt green business technologies as well as initiate effective marketing campaigns,” said the CEO of MREPC, Low Yoke Kiew.
The MREPC Industry Awards have seven top of the class awards, namely Big Corporation Export Excellence Award, Mid-tier Company Export Excellence Awards and SME Export Excellence Award where three companies from each tier will be awarded these export performance based recognitions. On top of that, new award categories include Most Innovative Award, Green Business Award and Best Marketer Award while a grand prize winner will be selected among the winners of the six categories to receive the Most Outstanding Company Award.
Those who wish to find out more information on the MREPC Industry Awards 2018 and to participate in the three new awards may download the forms from the microsite at http://www.mrepc.com/industryawards/
MREPC will be organising a specialised gloves mission to Suzhou and Chengdu, China from 14 - 18 May 2018. The mission will be led by Ms Low Yoke Kiew, Chief Executive Officer of MREPC. The mission will include educational seminars - in Suzhou, on "The Importance of Using Medical Gloves in Healthcare Setting & Outlook for Medical Gloves in China", and in Chengdu, on "Disease Prevention Control – Selecting the Right Gloves". The educational seminars are part of MREPC's ongoing efforts to reach out to the healthcare fraternity in the region and raise awareness on the importance of using the right medical gloves to control the spread of infections.
The seminars will be followed by business-matching sessions with rubber medical glove manufacturers from Malaysia. There will also be a half-day roundtable discussion with cleanroom glove stakeholders such as importers, buyers and distributors in Suzhou, and with rubber medical glove stakeholders in Chengdu. The objective of the roundtable discussions is to gather feedback and have a better understanding on the market situation in China.
MREPC made its maiden participation at the 4th International Sustainable Energy Summit (ISES) 2018 held from 10 – 11 April 2018 in Kuching. Sarawak. This year’s ISES Summit was jointly organised by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) and Ministry of Utilities Sarawak. The event was co-hosted by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) and the Sarawak State Government. A mini exhibition was also held concurrently with the conference which attracted some 600 participants.
ISES is a biennial event for knowledge sharing and networking on renewable energy and energy demand management among stakeholders from various countries. In line with the theme of this year’s summit – ‘Sustainable Energy: The Future is Here’, the papers presented focused on trending issues such as scaling up sustainable energy deployment; grid issues with high solar photovoltaic (PV) penetration; energy storage solutions; addressing rural electrification; and financing sustainable energy projects.
The mini exhibition attracted participation from 47 exhibitors, consisting of companies and stakeholders from the energy industry and financial institutions as well as relevant government agencies. MREPC took the opportunity to promote its Industry Linkage Fund which aims to drive collaborative research in the rubber products industry. During the 2-day event, MREPC received more than 10 enquiries from project engineers and consultants.
Ms Uthaya from MREPC attending to enquiries during ISES 2018
MREPC's Maiden Participation at NZSEE Conference 2018
MREPC participated at the NZSEE Conference 2018 organised by the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) from 13 to 15 April 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. Held annually, this year's edition of NZSEE conference marked the 50th Anniversary of the society. An exhibition was held concurrently with the conference which attracted more than 500 participants.
NZSEE 2018 attracted participation from 16 exhibitors who displayed various products and services related to seismic engineering. MREPC participated for the first time together with Doshin Rubber Products to promote rubber engineering products such as seismic bearings, dock fenders and expansion joints. The event also saw MREPC and Doshin introducing base isolation (High-Damping Natural Rubber Bearings or HDNRB) as an alternative to lead core bearings and pendulum bearings commonly used in construction projects across New Zealand. MREPC received 20 enquiries from engineers, consultants, researchers and government agencies, mainly on rubber bearings.
ANVISA Changing Brazilian Market Pathway for Low-risk Medical Devices
18 May 2018
Brazilian medical device regulators have approved plans to amend registration requirements for low-risk devices to more closely align with International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) recommendations. According to Emergo consultants in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil's medical device market regulator ANVISA will issue a 60-day consultation for a proposal to change the agency's cadastro registration pathway for Class I devices to a notification pathway, with implications for premarket review requirements for affected manufacturers.
FDA Report Opposes Regulating Third-Party Servicers
18 May 2018
FDA issued today its long-awaited report on "Quality, Safety and Effectiveness of Servicing of Medical Devices". The report, mandated by Congress last year, is 27 pages in length. Citing the long-term analysis of the FDA MAUDE database by ECRI Institute, the FDA noted that ECRI had concluded they do not believe that a safety problem exists with the servicing, maintenance, and repair of medical devices by either third-party organizations or OEMs.