‘LOCAL FIRMS CAN EXPLOIT UK MARKET’
UK govt impressed with high-quality equipment produced in Malaysia
HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN LANGKAWI email@example.com
THE United Kingdom (UK) government encourages Malaysian companies to bid for the supply of equipment to its armed forces.
UK Trade and Investment, Defence and Security Organisation senior press officer Adam Thomas said after attending the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (Lima) for several years, the UK government was highly impressed by the investments and research made by Malaysian companies, resulting in the production of high-quality equipment.
“The UK government is inviting Malaysian companies to supply equipment to our armed forces.
“They can visit our website www.contracts.mod.uk and register their (products and) capabilities with the Department of Defence.
“We are very impressed with the Malaysian companies here,” he said.
Thomas urged Malaysian companies to form joint ventures with their British counterparts to access the UK market.
“We would like to see Malaysian companies not only supplying to the Royal Malaysian Air Force, but also the (UK) Defence Ministry.
“We would like to welcome you to the UK market... there are no barriers, but the challenges are, of course, that they would have to maintain equipment which are about 9,656km or 11,265km away.”
At present, some 42 per cent of equipment used by the British armed forces are supplied by foreign countries.
Asked if there was any specific sector that the UK government was aiming for, Thomas said there were no restrictions for applications.
He said his team had been looking at the quality of vehicles, aircraft, equipment and maritime assets and this had made an impression on them, enough for the government to want to encourage Malaysian companies to apply to supply the UK.
“If they successfully supply to the UK, we can have joint agreements to supply to third-party markets across the world. We hope we can work closer with the Malaysian defence industry.
“If it (the equipment) is good enough for the Malaysian armed forces, why shouldn’t it be good enough for the UK armed forces too?”
Thomas said supplying equipment to the UK armed forces would also do wonders to the credibility of Malaysian companies and this would, in turn, be a stepping stone for expansion around the world.
The UK government, he said, would be using Lima 2017 as a platform to invite Malaysian companies to look for opportunities in the UK market. An impressive demonstration of overwhelming firepower at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2017 Exhibition at Resorts World Langkawi yesterday.