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Largest Fully Automated IBS Plant Certified By Malaysia Book of Records

GELANG PATAH, 25TH April 2019: Forest City Industrialised Building System (IBS) Plant has set a record in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) for being the largest fully automated IBS factory in the country.

CGPV Industrial Building Systems (CIBS) Sdn Bhd Executive General Manager Jerry Wang received the recognition from Edwin Yeoh, the adjudicator from Malaysia Book of Records (MBR). Works Minister YB Baru Bian was invited as the guest of honour at the event.

Pic 1: Edwin Yeoh (left) presenting the Malaysia Book of Records certificate to Jerry Wang, CGPV (CIBS) Sdn Bhd executive general manager of CGPV (CIBS) Sdn Bhd (right), witnessed by YB Baru Bian.

Present at the event were CGPV executive general manager Hugo Wu, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) CEO Datuk Ir.  Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid and Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) CEO Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.

Pic 2: Baru Bian (centre) seen here with the Forest City workforce

With a total investment of RM 2.6 billion, the IBS plant features technologies from Germany, Italy and China was launched in August 2017 in Gelang Patah, Johor. This initiative is in line with the national calling for more adoption of IBS technology in the private sector.  

 “It is an honour to have YB Baru Bian the Minister of Works as our guest of honour for today’s award certification ceremony, it further proves that the decision to embark on IBS journey was the best investment strategy executed by the company to-date.” Hann said.

The 18-acre plant comprising of 8 production lines, a concrete batching plant and storage yard. Coupled with the in-house Building Information Technology (BIM) design, the plant has the capability of churning out 13 types of building components with a planned capacity to produce 260,000 cubic metres of materials.

The output capacity is enough to cover one million square metres of built area which equivalent to 9,000 apartment units per annum.

Albeit IBS construction method will help to rectify the 3D (dirty, dangerous and difficult) image of the construction industry but such new technology will need the economics of scale to achieve cost saving for all developments as the initial capital expenditure is a big hurdle for most construction company in Malaysia.

As a start, CIBS has been supplying to internal projects for the past 2 years and now the company has set its sight to help the Malaysia government achieve the national goal.

Pic 3: CIBS deputy director William Kong (right) explaining the Baru Bian about the procedure of the IBS operations.

“Through National Housing Policy 2.0, we heard the government’s calling for more affordable housing to be built across Malaysia, therefore we are ready to supply and install IBS components for both the government and the private developers’ affordable housing projects,” Hann said.  

IRDA CEO Datuk Ismail said that CGPV chose to set up a plant in Gelang Patah instead of Klang Valley due to its strategic location in attracting Malaysian talents who worked in Singapore construction industry to come back and share their experience and knowledge with the local staff.  As a result, the plant’s workforce currently has more than 80% of Malaysians.

Speaking at the event, CIDB CEO Datuk Ir. Ahmad Asri said I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate CGPV for being certified as the largest fully automated IBS plant in Malaysia. This recognition is a strong testament to the increasing trend of private sector adopting IBS technology as part of the CIDB Construction Industry Transformation Programme 2016-2020.

Meanwhile, Baru Bian said he was impressed with the IBS operations.

Calling it a pride of the nation, the Works Minister said at a Press conference after a tour of the factory that this ministry supports the effort made by Forest City.

“This is the way forward for the construction industry,” he added.

CGPV is a 40:60 joint venture between Esplanade Danga 88 Sdn Bhd and its Guangdong based developer partner, Country Garden Group.  The group is more than a property developer and real estate player.  It is a diversified conglomerate with businesses spanning across hospitality, education, modern agriculture, manufacturing and robotics.

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