Lafarge Malaysia Launches South East Asia's 1st Construction Development Lab

23.06.2014
 

LAFARGE MALAYSIA LAUNCHES SOUTH EAST ASIA'S 1ST CONSTRUCTION DEVELOPMENT LAB

- Demonstrates Lafarge's commitment to Building Better Cities in Malaysia
- Collaboration hub with stakeholders


23 June 2014, Petaling Jaya - Lafarge Malaysia ("Lafarge") opened its Construction Development Laboratory (CDL) today, the first in South East Asia, which demonstrates the company's commitment to Building Better Cities in Malaysia. The CDL, the sixth in the world, is strategically located in the Klang Valley and aims to promote construction efficiency by adapting innovative solutions to better meet local construction and building needs.

 

Bradley Mulroney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge said that the Company is committed to contributing towards sustainable construction by providing the construction industry in Malaysia with solutions that can help promote construction efficiency. "The CDL will enable us to test, adapt and tailor innovative solutions developed by the Group's Research Centre. This will accelerate the development and delivery of offerings to better meet local construction needs."

 

Lafarge Group dedicates more than RM500 million annually to research and development. The research is undertaken in Lafarge's Centre of Research located in Lyon, France, the world's leading research facility in building materials. It has more than 200 employees and a portfolio of more than 1,000 patents.

 

In addition, Lafarge expects to host experts from Lyon on a regular basis, who will be instrumental in the company's plan for technology transfer to Malaysia. Through the CDL, Lafarge is able to tap into its Group's global experience and technical know-how for the benefit of the local construction industry.

 

The CDL will also serve as a collaboration hub for Lafarge to work closely with its stakeholders to further understand the industry's local needs and challenges. Architects, developers, engineers and others can come together to participate in the development and testing of new ideas and solutions.

The CDL houses three labs - a cement, a concrete and an aggregates lab, with state-of-the-art testing equipment for quality control and assurance of its products. It also has an open testing space for prototypes and demonstrations of new systems and structures.

 

The opening of the CDL is the latest of a number of initiatives by Lafarge to contribute towards its ambition to build better cities. Last year, Lafarge signed a MoU with the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia (CIDB) to provide training and development to construction personnel to raise construction standards. This was followed by the opening of its state-of-the-art, enclosed, ready-mixed concrete plant on Jalan Chan Sow Lin in March 2014. This environmentally friendly plant is the first and only plant in Malaysia that has the facility to reclaim concrete and is the answer to raising standards of concrete production, particularly in terms of quality, customisation and environmental protection.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Lafarge Malaysia Berhad

Lafarge Malaysia Berhad is a major player of the Malaysian construction industry, contributing towards Building Better Cities. Its solutions provide cities and townships with more housing, making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful and better connected. Headquartered in the Klang Valley, Lafarge Malaysia has a network of facilities that include three integrated cement plants in Langkawi, Kanthan and Rawang, a grinding station in Pasir Gudang, more than 30 ready-mixed concrete batching plants and 6 aggregate quarries throughout Peninsular Malaysia.

 

Lafarge Malaysia is listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia and is a parent of a group of companies in Malaysia and Singapore.

 

Additional information is available at www.lafarge.com.my

 

About Lafarge Group
A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.


More information is available on Lafarge's website: www.lafarge.com


CONTACTS - MEDIA RELATIONS

1. ONG Ping Ping
Senior Manager, Communications
Lafarge Malaysia Berhad
016 662 0137
Email: ping-ping.ong@lafarge.com

 

2. Janet LIM
Manager, Investor Relations & Communications
Lafarge Malaysia Berhad
016 662 6525
Email: janet.lim@lafarge.com