Mah Sing mulls setting up IBS plant with China firms


Mah Sing Group Bhd is exploring the possibility of teaming up with Chinese companies to set up a permanent Industrialised Building System (IBS) precast concrete plant in Southville City, Kuala Lumpur.

Mah Sing founder and group MD Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum (picture) said a permanent plant would be able to produce a range of IBS components including precast concrete panels, concrete slab columns, concrete wall panels and beams.

“This would enhance Mah Sing’s offerings to local home-buyers (to promote) the sustainable way using IBS, and may allow the group the ability to market and install IBS components for Mah Sing’s own projects and other developments including the government’s affordable homes and government projects,” it said in a statement yesterday.

The senior management team recently visited several cities in China including Changsha and Shanghai with Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Leong said the two companies that it could collaborate with are Sany Heavy Industry Co Ltd, a Chinese multinational heavy equipment manufacturing company headquartered in Changsha, and Nantong Sijian Construction Group Co Ltd, which is one of the top 100 enterprises in China’s construction industry.

“Sany will potentially be able to assist in the setting up of an IBS manufacturing plant and transfer technology in manufacturing precast concrete components, while Nantong Sijian will be training Malaysian contractors in the installation of IBS components,” he said.

Leong said the reliability of IBS also makes it possible to improve planning and even complete projects ahead of schedule in certain cases.

“This is part of our continuous efforts in enhancing the lives of the local community following the opening of the Southville City Interchange last year. Besides using IBS in our own projects, we can potentially bid for government projects, including affordable homes and large-scale catalytic projects,” he said. — Bernama