As Malaysia is one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality latex, rubber gloves and other rubber-related products are supplied widely to various countries overseas. In the first half of 2018, exports of rubber products from Malaysia amounted to almost RM12 billion. In this issue, Top 10 of Malaysia takes a brief look at its list of Malaysia’s top rubber product companies some of which were also award recipients at the recent Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC) Industry Awards.
Top Glove Corporation Berhad
Founded by Tan Sri Dr. Lim Wee Chai in 1991, Top Glove Corporation Berhad is one of the world’s largest glove manufacturer owning 40 factories with 648 production lines. With a total of 195 branches all throughout Malaysia, Thailand, China, United States, and Europe, Top Glove’s name has been included in Bursa Malaysia and the mainboard of the Singapore Exchange. It has also garnered multiple awards since the past years such as The Edge Billion Ringgit Club 2018, MSWG – Asean Corporate Governance Award 2018, Asean Business Awards 2018 Winner Priority Integrated Sector (Rubber-based), Winner: Manufacturing – Chemicals & Heavy Industries and The MREPC Industry Awards 2018 for Export Excellence Award (Big Corporation Category) and Most Innovative Award.
Brightway Holdings Sdn Bhd
Established by Dr. Govindasamy Baskaran and his wife, Ramola Baskaran, Brightway Holdings Sdn Bhd has been one of the leading glove industries producing natural and synthetic latex rubber gloves in the area of medical and industrial since 1988. With a total of 7 factories and 48 production lines in Malaysia, Brightway produces millions of gloves a month. Its quality gloves are shipped worldwide and for customers who have unique hands, Brightway also provides special services for tailored gloves to cater to their needs. It was also one of the winners of the latest MREPC Industry Awards 2018, garnering the Export Excellence Award under Mid-Tier Company Category.
Weifong Industries Sdn Bhd
Weifong Industries Sdn Bhd was established by Melissa Tan and its brand, GETHA specializes in manufacturing 100% natural latex products. It is well-known for producing quality beds to assist people in getting better precious sleep. With its skilled craftsmanship and innovative research and development process, the company has successfully produced comfortable beds with utmost quality for its customers. Today, Weifong has many branches worldwide in over 25 countries and has also won several awards such as the World Branding Awards Brand of the Year in a consecutive 4 years from 2016 to 2019. It has also won the Best Marketer Award during the MREPC Industry Awards 2018.
Wellcall Holdings Berhad
Established by Huang Sha and Leong Hon Chong in 1996, Wellcall Holdings Berhad is not only one of the largest industrial rubber hose manufacturers in the world, but it is also one of Malaysia’s largest manufacturer of low and medium pressure industrial rubber hose. Its products are exported to more than 70 countries all around the world. Standing tall with 3 factories in Perak, Wellcall has expanded its services in the areas such as air and water, welding and gas, oil and fuel, automobile, food, and beverages. Its products have also been accredited by companies such as SIRIM QAS International, SGS and Lembaga Getah Malaysia Rubber Board. Following its success, Wellcall has also been listed on the main board of Bursa Securities Malaysia since 2008 and also won numerous awards such as KPMG Shareholder Value Awards, Forbes Asia’s Top 200 Best under Billion Awards and Malaysia Rubber Export Promotion Council Industry Awards 2015.
Hartalega Holdings Berhad
Founded by Kuan Kam Hon, Hartalega Holdings Berhad was established in 1981. As the company that invented the first lightweight Nitrile glove in 2005, Hartalega has now grown to be one of the largest producers of nitrile gloves in the world. With 8 manufacturing facilities, 127 lines and thousands of employees, it has won several awards such as the HR Excellence Award (2018), Malaysia’s Healthiest Employees Award – Large Organization (2018), The Edge Billion Ringgit Club Corporate Awards – Highest Return on Equity Over 3 Years (2013-2016, 2018), Most Outstanding Company Award (2018) and Export Excellence Award (Big Corporation Category) during the MREPC Industry Awards 2018.
Kossan Rubber Industries Berhad
Established in 1979 by Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Kuang Sia, Kossan Rubber Industries Berhad has developed into a world-class gloves manufacturer and technical rubber products for the use on land, in the sea and also aerospace. It has won several awards such as the FMM Icon 2018 – Achievement of Honour, Frost & Sullivan 2017 Best Practices Award, GRC Wickham Awards 2017, Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA 2017) and Export Excellence Award (Big Corporation Category) during the MREPC Industry Awards 2018.
Goodway Integrated Industries Bhd
Founded by Tai Boon Wee in 1990, Goodway Integrated Industries Bhd has been providing products and services to more than 60 countries worldwide. Goodway develops, manufactures and markets rubber and rubber-related compounds plus also offers consultancy services in compound development, mixing and retreading. It also has manufacturing plants in East and West Malaysia, China, Australia and also distribution offices and warehousing facilities. Goodway has achieved several certificates such as ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 for Occupational Health and Safety.
Eversafe Rubber Bhd
Founded in 1967 and led by Cheah Siang Tee, Eversafe Rubber Bhd imports and distributes rubber-based products, equipment to over 28 countries throughout Asia and Europe. It has operations in various countries such as Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Singapore, Turkey, Korea, China, Indonesia, and Thailand. It also develops, manufactures and distributes tire retreading materials to tire retreaders and rubber material traders in Malaysia. It currently has 6 subsidiaries locally and internationally. The company produces masterbatches, pre-cured tread liners, camelbacks, cushion gums, rope repairs, sidewall veneers, and orbitreads.
Comfort Rubber Gloves Industries Sdn Bhd
Established in 1993 in Taiping and currently led by Lau Chee Meng, Comfort Rubber Gloves Industries Sdn Bhd is listed on the Main Board of the Malaysian Stock Exchange. It produces nitrile, latex, powdered and powdered-free examination gloves. Its gloves are exported to countries such as Northern America, Oceanic Countries, Middle East Countries, Europe, South America, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. It also won the Export Excellence Award (Mid-Tier Company Category) during the MREPC Industry Awards 2018.
CE Technology Berhad
Established by Teoh Swee Sun in 2002, CE Technology Berhad produces high-quality cleanroom gloves by using innovative technologies. It also uses green and renewable energy resources to ensure its operations are environmentally friendly. CE has won numerous awards such as Golden Bull Award 2006, Enterprise 50 Award 2006, Top SME Award 2013, Excellence Leadership Award, Excellence Product Award and Export Excellence Award (SME Category) during The MREPC Industry Awards 2018.