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Non-Metallic Mineral Industry

The non-metallic mineral industry is a vital growth segment of the nation due to its multiple cross-industry linkages. Industry players supply raw and processed materials to domestic manufacturing industries, as well as export minerals and mineral-based value-added products, making the industry an essential component of local, regional, and global supply chains.

Non-metallic mineral products include high purity alumina (HPA), ceramics and clay-based products, cement and concrete products, glass products, Industrial Building System (IBS) components, and other non-metallic mineral products such as quicklime, barite, marble and granite.

Industry players in the ceramics and clay-based products sub-sector produce both traditional and advanced ceramics. Traditional ceramics include (but are not limited to) wall, floor, and roofing tiles, bathroom fixtures, tableware, and bricks. Fine/ advanced ceramics are relatively new to the country, with wide technologically advanced applications in electronics, aerospace, medicine, and other areas.

The types of cement produced by the cement and concrete products sub-sector in Malaysia include ordinary Portland cement, hydraulic cement, slag cement, fly ash cement, other blended cement and white cement.

The glass products sub-sector covers the production of float glass, safety glass, glassware, architectural glass, glass fibre, and high-technology precision glass products such as glass funnels and panels, hard disk glass substrates, and solar glass. Solar glass is a combination of solar and glass technologies, and is often used for the top surfaces of thermal collectors and photovoltaic modules.

The sub-sector is expected to expand to encompass functional materials, as well as low emission glass, high performance glass, and specially-coated glass, to meet the increasing demand from the construction and solar industries.

An exciting opportunity for local and foreign investors alike in the non-metallic products industry is Malaysia’s drive to increase the use of IBS, aimed at reducing construction costs while increasing its quality. To support the uptake of IBS in Malaysia, MIDA provides both fiscal and non-fiscal incentives and facilitation. In particular, companies that manufacture IBS components are eligible to apply for tax incentives in the form of Pioneer Status or Investment Tax Allowance from MIDA.

Non Metallic

In 2017, investments totalling RM7.6 billion across 45 non-metallic mineral projects were approved. This represents over twice the total investments of RM3 billion in 2016. In terms of project breakdown, 21 were for cement and concrete products, 12 projects were for IBS components, six were for other non-metallic products, four projects meant to produce glass products, and the other two were investments into manufacturing ceramic and clay-based products. The approved projects generated 4,836 employment opportunities, with 1,700 in the managerial, technical, and supervisory categories.

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Last Updated : Wednesday 15th August 2018