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Explore opportunities in Sabah, CM urges glass makers

Post Time:Oct 10,2008Classify:Industry NewsView:389

Kota Kinabalu: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman urged local and international glass manufacturers to explore investment opportunities in Sabah which is known for having high quality silica sand resources for glass making.

He said the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC), which was firmly in place, offered manufacturers many opportunities to invest in the State.

"Sabah has seen rapid developments in recent years and will continue to grow in time to come," he said when opening the 32nd Asean Glass Conference at Pacific Sutera, here, Wednesday.

"With the SDC firmly in place, we are embarking on tourism, manufacturing and agriculture as engines of growth during the 18-year plan's time frame. Many projects have been outlined and these provide opportunities for glass manufacturers to promote or supply their products," he added.

In Malaysia, the glass industry, which started in the late 1960s with the production of glass containers and sheet glass, is now more diversified, including the manufacturing of high-quality value-added products.

The conference themed "Challenges of Glass in the 21st Century", until Oct 10 and attended by over 200 delegates from the glass industry, reflected the continuous challenges the industry is facing and in the future, especially with the escalation of global energy prices.

"As an important component of many sectors, including the construction and building industries, I trust those who are involved in manufacturing glass are finding ways through discussions, such as this conference, to overcome the rising cost of doing business," said Musa, who is also State Finance Minister.

According to Musa, it was also important that participants in this conference not only deliberate on issues and challenges related to the industry but also address other matters of concern to investors in Asean countries.

Later, when asked if any of the foreign participants had voiced interest in investing in the SDC, Musa said they were keen but the potential for the industry in Sabah must be studied first to see if it was viable.

Asean Federation of Glass Manufacturers Chairman, Henry Susanto, meanwhile, said there was potential for Asean countries to produce good quality glass and export it worldwide and Sabah could become a key player if the industry was expanded to here.

Source: Daily Express, Sabah, Malaysia Author: shangyi

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