Executives from member companies of the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association gained insights into German molding machinery technology at the inaugural Malaysia-German Technology Conference held Nov. 15-16 in Kuala Lumpur, said Eddie Fong, MPMA assistant secretary-general.
During the conference, Fong said the Germans had premier-grade technology for plastics manufacturing machinery. The conference provided a good forum for MPMA members to understand the level of research and experience that went into making these machines for the products that the Malaysians are manufacturing.
Fong said the inaugural conference was mutually beneficial to the German industry, which made networking contacts with MPMA members and learned about Malaysian plastics manufacturers' scope.
The conference is likely to be held every other year for Malaysian and German executives and engineers from the countries' respective industries, to provide a regular update on the latest plastics processing technologies, Fong said.
MPMA has hosted similar conferences with Japanese plastics machinery makers, added Fong, who is also managing director of Plasform Sdn. Bhd., a major plastic component manufacturer in Kajang, Malaysia. ``We have held two conferences with the Japanese, on every two-year basis, with the third scheduled for May 10-11 next year,'' he said.
``We have learned a lot from the Japanese about their technology and their research in making the machines. Similarly, we have also learned more about German technology from this week's Malaysia-German conference. We believe we have received the best know-how of the West and the best of the East,'' he said.
Fong said the Malaysia-German conference was organized in just four months. ``This showed the Germans were ready to show and share their data, expertise and technology,'' he said.