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 Hosted Umbrella-Concept Booth at MEDICA 2018
MREPC participated at the recently concluded MEDICA 2018 in Dusseldorf, Germany from 12 to 15 November. MEDICA 2018, held concurrently with COMPAMED, a leading trade fair for medical technology products and services, has again proven its reputation as the world’s premier trade show for the medical technology and service industry. MEDICA drew more than 120,000 visitors from over 150 countries. Over 60% of the visitors were from countries outside Germany, including China, India, Columbia, Turkey and Nepal. In terms of exhibitors, MEDICA 2018 attracted more than 5,000 exhibitors, recording the highest number of international exhibitors.
The event saw MREPC participating in an umbrella-concept booth for the first time. The booth accommodated five Malaysian rubber medical device companies, namely Brightway, Dippro, Omni Star, Takaso Rubber Products and TCS Quality & Productivity. During the 4-day trade show, MREPC received more than 140 enquiries, mostly on medical surgical and examination gloves, followed by condoms and catheters. There was also a strong presence of Malaysian companies at MEDICA this year, with 27 rubber medical device companies participating. Most of the participating companies were satisfied with MEDICA 2018, with some receiving significant new business leads and immediate sales.
MREPC Booth Participants at MEDICA, Dusselsorf, Germany 2018.
MREPC Participated at USA's Largest Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX)
AAPEX 2018 saw MREPC occupying an expanded space of 1,500 sq ft at a more strategic location. MREPC’s pavilion accommodated 10 rubber product manufacturers at the event in Sands Expo, Las Vegas, USA from 30 October to 1 November 2018. The event, which featured more than 2,500 exhibitors with 5,500 booths to showcase the latest and innovative automotive products, services and technologies, attracted some 47,000 visitors.
For the first time, Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre, the UK-based research and promotional centre of the Malaysian Rubber Board, participated at MREPC’s booth to provide technical support as well as promote its rubber consultation services. The new strategic location of MREPC’s pavilion resulted in an encouraging number of trade enquiries mostly on rubber hoses, seals & gaskets, rubber bushings and industrial gloves.
Working Visit to the Philippines on Engineering Rubber Products
MREPC organised a working visit to the Philippines on engineering rubber products from 25 - 28 November 2018. The objective was to further explore business opportunity for the Malaysian manufacturer as well as introduce Malaysian rubber seismic bearings. The delegation comprising MREPC and Doshin Rubber Products had discussions with officers and consultants from the Philippine Constructors Association, Geohazard Structural Earthquake Engineering Design Consultants, and Abinales Associates Engineers & Consultants. The discussions enabled the Malaysian delegation to discover the opportunities available in the Philippines market for rubber seismic bearings and other engineering rubber products.
Meeting with Dr Carlos Villaraza, Principal Engineer (left) and officers of Geohazards Structural Earthquake Engineering Design Consultants
Recognising the huge market potential for medical devices in India, MREPC is once again organising a specialised mission on medical gloves to New Delhi and Chennai from 1 – 8 December 2018. This is part of MREPC’s ongoing efforts to increase awareness and educate the healthcare fraternity in India on high-quality made-in-Malaysia rubber medical gloves.
The programme will include a glove seminar on Managing Infection Control: Selecting the Right Gloves in both cities and business-matching sessions with rubber medical glove manufacturers from Malaysia. There will also be working visits to relevant organisations to introduce the Malaysian delegation to important business and government official contacts and facilitate a better understanding of the market regulations and situation in India, as well as seek potential buyers of medical gloves. To further reach out to the healthcare workers, a workshop on medical gloves will be conducted at selected hospitals in New Delhi and Chennai.
Top Glove: Measures in place to prevent excessive OT
14 December 2018
Glovemaker Top Glove Corp Bhd said measures have been put in place to prevent its workers from working "overtime" (OT) in excess of the allowed 104 hours a month. The group, in a filing with the stock exchange, said the measures had been implemented on a staggered basis across all its factories between March and November 2018.
Canada's MDSAP Transition Deadline Fast Approaching
14 December 2018
Health Canada has issued a final email reminder to medical device companies regarding the regulator's December 31, 2018 deadline for transitioning to the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) for quality management system compliance. According to the Health Canada notice, all Medical Device License (MDL) holders of Class II, III and IV devices must provide evidence of MDSAP transition to the agency before December 31. Companies that fail to do so may face suspension of their MDLs.