Putrajaya, 21 July 2016 - Technology Depository Agency Berhad (TDA), being the central agency for matters relating to the Industrial Collaboration Program (ICP) for Government Procurement has organised an Industrial Match-Making (Rolling Stock) Session on 21 July 2016. The session, focusing on Rolling Stock sub-sector for Rail Industry saw participation from various stakeholders including Hyundai-Rotem – APEX Communication Sdn. Bhd. - Posco Engineering Ltd. (HAP) Consortium which had recently been awarded with Contract on procurement of Electric Train for the MRT Sg. Buloh – Serdang – Putrajaya (SSP) line. This session also served as part of Industrial Intelligence activity by TDA in assessing and identifying local capabilities with regard to rail industry supply chain via ICP Platform. About 13 companies participated in the session with majority were the existing industry players such as SMH Rail, Rolling Stock Consultants Sdn. Bhd. (RSC), DK Composite, Malnaga Sdn. Bhd. and others. In addition, several companies from other sectors (automotive, aerospace, defence) such as PHN, Detrac, Vasaero and others were also presence in effort to explore opportunities to be part of the supply chain.
The session started with Welcoming Remark by Major Zailani Safari, Chief Executive Officer of TDA, which among gist of his speech emphasised on the needs for local SMEs to uplift capabilities including certification to international standards. This will enable local SMEs to reach wider market access and to participate in global supply chain with reputable manufacturers / OEMs. Mr Azrizal Marzaki, Senior Director, Program Operation Division of TDA, then continued and led the session where each company was given approximately ten (10) minutes to give presentation of their respective capabilities and track records. It is interesting to note that most of the companies are capable in term of component manufacturing, system manufacturing and integration as well as assembly. Moreover, several companies are already embarked into global market through international project such as MRT in Bangkok and Jakarta as well as remanufacturing / refurbishment of locomotives in Tanzania and Zimbabwe. These had given 'extra miles' in showcasing local capabilities to the international OEMs for potential future collaboration and partnership.
In summary, participants appreciated this initiative to bring in all stakeholders relating to Rolling Stock sub-sector in a single platform, which will foster a rigorous partnership between OEM and suppliers for further undertakings. The Consortium (OEM) also expressed its appreciation with the interest shown by local SMEs in supporting the development work for the supply of Electric Train for MRT SSP Line procurement.