By SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS
Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) plans to launch the vendor development programme (VDP) next year to spur the involvement of small players in the industrialised building system (IBS) value chain.
Its CEO Datuk Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid said the VDP will be a joint effort between the government agency and the Works Ministry.
“In the IBS value chain, vendors are the parties who manage the installation of IBS, who then will employ the installers.
“We want a proper development programme that focuses on local companies and serves as a platform to train them on the adoption of IBS,” he said at the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between CIDB IBS Sdn Bhd and Sany Construction Industry Development (M) Sdn Bhd.
Ahmad ‘Asri added that the small players — who seemed to be less avid to jump on the bandwagon — will be more profitable in serving the vendor market, compared to becoming IBS manufacturers.
“It will be costly if they want to tap on the supplier market and become the manufacturers, because they have to invest in machinery equipment.
“What is feasible for them to be included in the value chain, is becoming the vendor of the installation,” Ahmad ‘Asri said.
“In addition, it is important for them to get matched with the right installers who are within their capacity and the scale of their project,”
Ahmad ‘Asri said the number of trained workers, contractors and professionals in the local IBS market are expected to increase by 10% next year from the current 15,000.
“As of November 2018, CIDB has trained 3,684 workers, 7,496 contractors and 4,053 professionals in IBSand modular coordination.
“With the current rate of partnership in the IBS sector, we hope to see a 10% increase in the number of personnel involved in the system,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sany Construction — a Chinese multinational heavy equipment manufacturing company — aims to establish its fourth Malaysian factory in East Malaysia next year.
In 2008, the government had mandated the use of IBS in government projects exceeding RM10 million to have a minimum IBS score of 70.
For private projects, the Ministry of Housing and Local Government has mandated IBS adoption for projects exceeding RM50 million to have a minimum score of 50.