Widad Business Group collaborates with China-based SANY Group a joint IBS manufacturing facility setup in Kedah
23 Mar 2022
Construction and integrated facilities management conglomerate Widad Business Group Sdn Bhd (WBG) is collaborating with China-based SANY Group in a joint industrialised building system (IBS) manufacturing facility to be set up in Kedah.
WBG will benefit from the IBS via technology and knowledge transfer from SANY, one of the world’s largest construction machinery manufacturers.
WBG group executive chairman Tan Sri Muhammad Ikmal said the technology and knowledge transfer from SANY Group is expected to put WBG ahead of the curve as it continues to deliver high-quality property and infrastructure projects.
“The utilisation of IBS in our projects will improve end-quality, reduce construction duration and lower related costs.
“With this partnership, we are heeding the government’s call for construction players to embrace IBS for a more technology-driven business environment.
“WBG has an exciting line-up of property and infrastructure projects ahead, which would elevate the Group to the next level.
“Our most significant project in hand, The Langkasuka, is inching closer towards its ground-breaking ceremony in the second quarter of 2022. We are looking to complete the project as planned.
“The IBS technology from SANY Group will be a great asset in this development,” he said in a statement today.
On 3 March 2022, WBG signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SANY Group’s local subsidiary, Sany Construction Industry Development (M) Sdn Bhd, to further explore the partnership.
The MoU will allow both parties to collaborate in WBG’s property and infrastructure projects in Malaysia, including through the adoption of SANY’s IBS technology and heavy construction equipment.
In addition, WBG would also partner with SANY University to provide training on IBS technology and heavy equipment operations to local students and workers.
It is noteworthy that WBG, through its education arm, owns Widad University College and Widad College, where cumulatively over 43,000 Malaysian and international students have graduated over the years.
IBS, also known as pre-fabrication, is an important tool in boosting construction productivity.
This technology allows building components to be manufactured in a controlled off-site environment and requires little additional site work.
IBS has been employed in Malaysia’s most iconic structures, such as the Petronas Twin Towers and the KL International Airport.