KUALA LUMPUR: Lafarge Malaysia Bhd expects its Construction Development Laboratory (CDL) in Petaling Jaya to be completed by the first half of next year.
President and Chief Executive Officer Bradley Mulroney said the laboratory, the fifth in the world, will focus on developing innovative solutions that are tailored to meet local needs.
It was previously reported that the cement maker planned to establish the laboratory by year-end to produce better building solutions, in tandem with the growing local population.
"At this CDL, this is where we get to test different construction systems. It is really about construction efficiency rather than just a product.
"At the same time and in the same area, we are also building our Country Laboratory, which is a technical control or quality control for all our facilities across Malaysia," he told reporters after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the company and CIDB Holdings Sdn Bhd here today.
Mulroney said besides Malaysia, the Lafarge Group has research laboratories in France, China, India and Algeria.
The MoU is for Lafarge and CIDB Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB Malaysia), to cooperate in promoting the use of cement and concrete solutions, with the aim of elevating construction standards and contributing to sustainable construction in Malaysia.
The MoU was signed by Mulroney, on behalf of Lafarge, and CIDB Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Dr Judin Abdul Karim, and witnessed by Deputy Minister of Works Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.
Meanwhile, Rosnah, in her keynote address, said the construction industry grew at a record high of about 18% last year, adding she expects the industry to continue to experience double-digit growth this year.
She said the robust growth of the construction industry resulting from an increasing demand for construction projects has to be supported by an adequate supply of skilled personnel.
"As such, CIDB Malaysia, as an agency under the Ministry of Works in fulfilling its function to promote and stimulate the development, improvement and expansion of the nation's construction industry, has set up six Akademi Binaan Malaysia (ABM) around the country to provide skills training, upgrade the skills of existing construction personnel and become Malaysia's premier skills assessment centre for construction skill trades.
"Through these ABMs, CIDB has successfully developed the skilled talent required by the industry," she added. - Bernama