JOHOR BARU: The state government has received four applications from local and foreign investors to set up industrialised building system (IBS) manufacturing facilities in Johor.
The state government has received four applications from local and foreign investors to set up industrialised building system (IBS) manufacturing facilities in Johor.
“We are currently in the process of identifying the most suitable locations for these facilities. We want these facilities to be located in different locations in Johor as the existing eight IBS plants in Johor are concentrated in Muar and Johor Baru,” said Osman.
He said if approved, these investments would directly and indirectly create up to 1,000 job opportunities for locals.
“The demand for IBS products is very high, especially from Singapore. When I visited the IBS plant in Forest City, they told me that they need to expand because they could not cope with the demand considering they use most of their products for their own projects.
“The demand from Singapore also showed that the quality of IBS products produced here are recognised there. Moreover, the products need to meet the standards set by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB),” said Osman.
He was speaking to the media after officiating the graduation ceremony of Akademi Binaan Malaysia (southern region) here.
Also present were state Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation Committee chairman Mazlan Bujang and CIDB chairman Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali.
Earlier in his speech, Osman said IBS, where components are manufactured in a controlled environment and assembled on site with the use of minimum labour, have been widely used in developed countries.
“The use of IBS would help to improve the quality of the building, reduce the dependency on foreign labour, reduce the cost of construction and expedite construction works,” said Osman.Source: New Straits Times