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India, Malaysia plan port city
India, Malaysia plan port city

An extension of the world’s 11th busiest shipping port in Malaysia is being planned by an Indian-Malaysian conglomerate to create a huge maritime city close to the capital Kuala Lumpur. Port Klang currently handles over 12 million containers per year and is also the planned start point for the 600km East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) to the Thai border. Two Malaysian companies - Sime Darby and MMC – and India’s largest private port operator Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Read More


China\'s capital freeze hits Malaysia project
China\'s capital freeze hits Malaysia project

SCG Cement – Building Materials Company Ltd has expanded its Vietnam holdings with the purchase of Vietnam Construction Materials JSC for USD156 million.  The Central Vietnam-based company has a cement production capacity of 3.1 million tons though SCG hopes to increase production through efficiency improvements. “Following this transaction, Siam Cement Group’s combined cement capacity across ASEAN (excluding Thailand) increases to 10.5 million tonnes, relative to th Read More


Malaysia unveils rail route
Malaysia unveils rail route

The proposed route of the 600km East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) has been unveiled by the Malaysian government to allow a three-month window of feedback from the population. The USD13 billion Chinese-financed project is planned to start in the west near the capital Kuala Lumpur cutting across the peninsula and terminating near the Thai border with 23 stations proposed along the route. Following the confirmation of the final route, construction is expected to be completed by 2024 and will reduce Read More


Vinci invest in Indonesian motorsport
Vinci invest in Indonesian motorsport

Vinci Construction is to build a 120-hectare motorbike racing circuit and tourist complex on the Indonesian island of Lombok. The French company signed a USD500 million deal with the state-run Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), in the presence of French President Francois Hollande and President Joko Widodo of Indonesia. Abdulbar Mansoer, the head of ITDC, said the project would involve VINCI building seven hotels and a Moto GP circuit as well as a convention hall. Located ne Read More


Aluminium China 2017 to Unveil World’s Latest Aluminium Hi-Tech
Aluminium China 2017 to Unveil World’s Latest Aluminium Hi-Tech

This year’s Aluminium China in Shanghai from 19-21 July is set to mark a new period of growth in the aluminium industry and reflect strengthening market conditions in China and across the world. Aluminium China 2017 will focus on the transformation driven by emerging new technologies in areas such as lightweight vehicle manufacturing and consumer electronics.   With China speeding up the upgrading of its vehicle emission standards to control exhaust pollution, the China Automotive Read More


Malaysian builders protest at foreign worker ruling
Malaysian builders protest at foreign worker ruling

A new initiative by the Malaysian government for construction firms to pay an increased levy for every foreign worker has resulted in protests from the industry.  As of 1 January 2017, construction companies were required to pay a fee of USD413 per worker, up from USD213. Employers of the estimated 900,000 foreign workers believe this will extract a further USD447m from the industry, making it less competitive.  At  a January 9 press conference, Foo Chek Lee, President of the Ma Read More


Malay-S’pore rail link contracts sealed
Malay-S’pore rail link contracts sealed

Malaysia and Singapore have announced the winners of key contracts for the showcase Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail link. US engineering giant Aecom will provide engineering consultancy services such as advanced engineering studies as well as architecture, civil engineering and M&E services to the Singapore end of the line, including for the iconic Jurong East terminus.  Meanwhile, a consortium of Canada’s WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mott Mac Donald from the UK, and Read More


China building collapse claims seven
China building collapse claims seven

The simultaneous collapse of four residential buildings in eastern China claimed at least seven lives in February. According to news agency Xinhua, the five-storey buildings collapsed early in the morning of 2 February in Dahui village, Baizhangji townshi, Wenzhou, an industrial city in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province. The collapse reportedly killed seven and buried a further nine. An investigation is being carried out into the cause. Safety issues around building construction have be Read More


Work restarts on China-Lao rail link
Work restarts on China-Lao rail link

Work has officially started once again on the China-Lao rail link after the initial ground-breaking ceremony took place more than a year before. The 414km route linking the Mohan-Boten border crossing in the North to the capital Vientiane in the south is part of China’s ‘One belt, one road’ regional infrastructure initiative. When completed in five years’ time, it will connect China to northern Thailand and eventually form part of the Kunming in China to Singapore line. Read More


Philippines airport bidding heats up
Philippines airport bidding heats up

The bidding war between two of the Philippine’s richest men to build Manila’s new international airport heated up in February with both tycoons submitting increased bids. In response to a new bid by billionaire Henry Sy, the San Miguel Corp headed by Ramon Ang proposed a USD14 billion plan which will not require any subsidy from the government. The design submitted to the Philippines Department of Transport includes six runways spread across a 2,500 hectare plot and allows the gove Read More


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