TARRC was delighted to welcome YB Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar bin Mohd Akin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Primary Industries, Malaysia to Brickendonbury on Tuesday 6th November 2018.
This was the Deputy Minister’s first visit to the laboratories and he was welcomed by TARRC CEO Dr Fauzi Mohd Som who gave an overview of TARRC’s activities and the significant contribution these have made to the Malaysian rubber industry (MRI) over the past 80 years.
Areas covered included TARRC’s development of rubber-metal laminated seismic bearing technology and in turn, the support for Malaysian manufacturers involved in this sector. This technical support from TARRC engineers has contributed to Malaysia becoming a global player in this market, providing highly advanced, technologically superior bearing technology products in projects across the globe.
Dr Fauzi also highlighted TARRC’s commitment to developing sustainable materials based on natural rubber that are already utilised in the tyre industry and fire retardant flooring. Mention was made of the complementary marketing assistance and technical industrial support that TARRC can provide to individual manufacturers by increasing awareness in Western markets of the high quality rubber products and materials that the MRI can provide. He explained how a ‘hand-holding’ approach has been so effective in in developing business links for Malaysian manufacturers with European and US customers.
After the briefing a tour of the laboratories was led by Dr Stuart Cook, Director of Research, to see TARRC’s state-of-the-art facilities including analytical, mill room, tyre research and development and engineering.
Datuk Seri Shamsul had many questions for TARRC’s managerial staff who were very pleased with his encouraging words of support for the efforts of the Research Centre’s staff over many years to assist the MRI. Datuk Seri Shamsul was reassured by management that TARRC was still in a prime position and possessed the technical expertise to continue to support the industry in the future and help it reach its full potential.
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