‘LARGEST IBS PLANT’

Coun­try Gar­den’s fa­cil­ity to help cut for­eign man­power needs

New Straits Times - - Business - JO­HOR BARU

COUN­TRY Gar­den Pa­cific View’s in­dus­tri­alised build­ing sys­tem (IBS) fa­cil­ity in Jo­hor is set to be­come the world’s largest IBS fac­tory with a to­tal in­vest­ment of RM2.6 bil­lion, in­cor­po­rat­ing tech­nolo­gies from Ger­many, Italy and China.

In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed said once com­pleted, it would help the na­tion re­duce de­pen­dency on for­eign labour, be­sides cut­ting down the com­ple­tion time of a pro­ject.

“Cur­rently, three lines are in op­er­a­tions, while the rest are in the test-run stages and by next month, there will be 12 lines in op­er­a­tions.

“One of the sig­nif­i­cant spillovers is in tech­nol­ogy trans­fer. For ex­am­ple, if a pro­ject takes two to three years to com­plete, with IBS, it can be done at a much faster pace.

“We will also have a more pro­duc­tive, ef­fi­cient, sus­tain­able and safer con­struc­tion in­dus­try in Malaysia,” he said af­ter chair­ing a round­table meet­ing with 12 in­dus­try play­ers at For­est City, here, yes­ter­day.

Mustapa said the devel­op­ment was in line with Malaysia’s as­pi­ra­tions of be­com­ing a high-in­come na­tion by adopt­ing smart tech­nolo­gies and pro­cesses, in­clud­ing au­to­ma­tion.

There were 63 lo­cal IBS projects since 1990 with in­vest­ments to­talling RM1.9 bil­lion, the min­is­ter added.

Mustapa said Jo­hor was ex­pected to get over RM1 bil­lion in for­eign and do­mes­tic in­vest­ments from var­i­ous in­dus­tries, such as tex­tiles, elec­tri­cal and elec­tron­ics, and food in­dus­tries in two years. Ber­nama

PIC BY ZULKA­R­NAIN AH­MAD TAJUDDIN

(From left) Iskandar Re­gional Devel­op­ment Author­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Is­mail Ibrahim, In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed and For­est City di­rec­tor of strat­egy depart­ment Ng Zhu Hann tour­ing For­est City yes­ter­day.

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