Tuesday June 24, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: Lafarge Malaysia Bhd's construction development laboratory (CDL), which had cost an initial RM5mil, is expected to benefit the local construction industry with the technological discoveries and advancements that will eventually help lower costs.
President and chief executive officer Bradley Mulroney said the CDL, which is the first in South-East Asia and the sixth in the world, would work collaboratively with other labs globally.
"We will link up with them and will provide solutions for the South-East Asian region. It could also be the way where the solutions developed here would be useful for our CDL in Africa. Or they (other CDLs) may develop something that we could use," Mulroney said at the launch of the CDL.
"What we want to do is also to capitalise on some of these research and development (R&D) and adapt it for the Malaysian landscape. We are developing certain key partnerships with different people," he added.
The company would also partner with certain universities in Malaysia to use its CDL for the purpose of advancing the construction and building materials industry.
Lafarge Malaysia's CDL would cost about RM1mil to run every year although this amount will be depend on how big the facility will grow.
Globally, the Lafarge Group allocates about RM500mil annually for R&D purposes. Its centre of research in Lyon, France, employs about 200 employees with some 1,000 patents presently.