The Edge Malaysia - The Chinese Impact on Asian Export (25 March 2019)
Asian export growth has been slowing as the global economy cools, dragged down in part by China's slowdown. And China's trade tensions with the US are not helping either. Moody's Investors Service looked at 23 Asia-Pacific countries to see which are the most vulnerable to a sustained slowdown in Chinese demand and which could benefit if trade and investments move away from China.
Effective Process Flow Leads to High Quality 3D Animation
From their research, the creative staff determinedthat producing 3D animation involves nine distinctprocesses namely script writing, concept art,storyboard, audio recording, modelling, animation,simulation, rendering, and compositing. It took the team eight months to come up with the workflow chart and SOP for each of these. Unlike other animation houses, LCP now has a production pipeline; a documentation structure to bring the creative process from conceptualisation to the final product. This process-centric production template ensures that the company would not be overly dependent on any single artist to produce the company’s animation.
Seeding the Green Initiatives
TAFS also practices several environmental sustainability approaches in its operation. One of them is to recommend incoming guests to only bring their toothbrushes and toothpastes, as the resort had already prepared the essential organic toiletries such as soap, shampoo, and hair conditioner in each of its lodge. The usage of organic products could reduce the carbon footprint and amount of diluted sludge mixed with inorganic wastes that would affect the forest ecosystem. Additionally, this eco-friendly resort also bans the use of non-biodegradable plastic within its premise to maintain the forest cleanliness.
Integrating Sustainable and Competitive Business Approaches
Owned by Dover Corporation, a multibillion-dollar, diversified manufacturer of a wide range of proprietary products and components for industrial and commercial use, SWEP has been expanding its reach with its unparalleled product efficiency and price worthiness. While there are a variety of heat exchanger technologies in the global market, SWEP specialises in BPHEs. This strategy has proven successful as the company commands the biggest market in BPHEs.
Taking Malaysia Poultry Farming to Another Level
The production of broiler has to be very efficient in converting the feed to meat. The world is also working towards an Antibiotic Free poultry production. This will require the best housing and precise management with the use of Internet of Things with cloud-based data management; biosecurity, for overall comfort and welfare with preferred house temperature, airspeed and optimal discharge of waste gases and moisture.
Crossing Borders, Together!
One other practice that Monitor ERP has introduced to its Malaysian subsidiary is of non-hierarchical communication between management and employees, which is used to facilitate problem-solving. In this situation, discussions are full and frank, and everyone is able to comment and come up with ideas within the group in order to find the best possible solutions to problems. Then there is the Swedish practice of Fika, which is a break during work at which they all gather to drink coffee or tea and chat about whatever comes to mind. As they need to get new employees up and running fast, they feel like there is no better way than being able to ask questions whenever they arise.
Towards Efficient Work Process via Lean Resolutions
The employees have implemented twelve resolutions through Lean project that has reduced wastage in terms of time, cost and manpower. All these approaches contributed to the reduction of black dot. Prior to Lean, the defect rate was 93 percent due to black dot and was reduced to 28.29 percent after Lean. Lean’s approach also helps DSA employees to understand the effective and productive working methods. All these approaches have led to reduction in wastage at the workplace. DSA Dynamics is confident that all types of improvements that are carried out will continue to bring full benefit to the company and its employees.
Exterminating Pests Globally with Anticimex
Leveraging on its repertoire as a globally renowned brand, the Anticimex Group entered the Malaysian market in 2017 - further cementing its ASEAN presence. The Group laid the groundwork with the acquisition of a home-grown pest control company known as DC Hygiene (now known as Anticimex), due to its coverage and growth potential in Malaysia. The acquisition strategy bodes well for Anticimex, as a way to expand their business into new, international markets such as Malaysia. By securing a local company in the same industry, it expedites the learning curve and allows for better market penetration.
Processes Integration as the Key to Better Productivity
As the nation is moving towards the status of a developed country, many interested individuals and organisations are looking for opportunities to develop their projects on strategically located lands. Enticing as it may sound, the lengthy albeit necessary processes ensure the rights of land owners are preserved, as stipulated in Article 13 under the Federal Constitution. The supreme law exists to ensure that land owners are protected from being taken advantage by irresponsible parties and see to it that the owners are adequately compensated for their lands. Recently, PTG Johor accomplished a phenomenal feat which involved seven villages spreading over 20,000 acres of land in the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) project, including Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID). These projects forced PTG Johor to identify the critical points that would be able to greatly reduce the time taken in completing one land acquisition process, without bypassing or contradicting any stipulated laws, down to a minimum of 2 months from the gazetted date. This achievement was a result from its exceptional management method and its willingness to embrace innovative ideas and instil critical thinking culture among its staff.
A New Drive in Fishery Industry
In alleviating Sarawak’s economy through fishery, LKIM Sarawak saw a golden opportunity to expand the existing and potential agriculture businesses via tourism industry. Fully aware of the abundant fresh seafood availability plus with its unique places as points of interest, LKIM Sarawak engages the local fishermen and proposes the development of potential areas as tourist attractions. This approach also benefits the fishermen as it will help improve their living standards significantly.