TARRC's new CEO, Dr Kamarudin Ab. Malek

TARRC's new CEO, Dr Kamarudin Ab. Malek

Dr Kamarudin Ab. MalekDr Kamarudin Ab. Malek has been appointed by the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) as CEO of the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC), the UK-based laboratory of the MRB, with effect from 24th March 2010. The appointment has been made following the retirement of Salleh Subari.

Dr Kamarudin, 54, obtained his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Materials Science from Imperial College, University of London.
In 1987 he received a PhD in Polymer Physics from the North London University.

Dr Kamarudin specialises in the use of rubber in engineering applications, particularly in seismic rubber bearings for earthquake protection of structures and for offshore oil platforms. He has also been instrumental in many successful worldwide projects adopting seismic rubber bearing technology.

He is currently leading efforts to adopt seismic rubber bearings for the second Penang Bridge project which will be the first commercial base isolation project in Malaysia.

His contributions to the natural rubber industry were duly recognised by the award of a Fellowship from the Academy of Sciences Malaysia in April 2010. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Malaysia and a member of the ISO Technical Committee (TC45/SC 4/WG9) on Seismic Rubber Bearings which develops specifications for the design, testing and fabrication of seismic rubber bearings (ISO 22762).

In 2008, Dr Kamarudin was appointed to be the International Rubber Research Development Board (IRRDB) liaison officer for Technology and End-Uses to overseas exchange of technologies among the world rubber producing countries with regards to the design and manufacturing of rubber products.

He is at present leading a project to develop an automatic mechanised tapping system which hopefully will increase significantly Malaysia’s yield and production of natural rubber latex in the future.

Upon his arrival at TARRC he addressed all staff and declared his intentions as the new CEO, 'One of the key approaches is to induce growth through productivity. There will be a focus on innovative processes and cutting-edge technology, supported by healthy levels of private investment and talent, for high value added goods and services. I believe that TARRC has a crucial role to play here in realising these objectives'.

He continued, 'Last year the rubber and rubber products contributed less than 4% of the Malaysian export revenue. It should be our aim that this figure should be increased to more than 10% by 2020. I hope we at TARRC, together with the other MRB laboratories, will be more innovative and productive in our endeavours to help the rubber industry so that we can achieve this target'.

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