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21 Jul 2018 | 7:00 AM

Good move to keep timber in the country

KUCHING: Japanese timber importers, who have been hard hit by Sabah’s log export ban, are busy looking for substitute sources.

A timber lorry transporting logs for export. - Filepic
16 Jul 2018 | 7:00 AM

Sarawak pepper dealers building up stockpiles, price at 'rock bottom'

KUCHING: Sarawak’s pepper dealers are building up their inventories as they believe domestic prices of the spice have hit “rock bottom”.

“For Sarawak, the current prices are at the very rock bottom.What I see is that the big drop in prices is over.We have not seen such low prices in the past seven or eight years.," according to William SC Yii, the director of Nguong Aik (Kuching) Sdn Bhd, a leading pepper exporter. (Pic shows  pepper vines in a pepper farm in near Kuching.)
12 Jul 2018 | 7:00 AM

App for pepper farmers to monitor global market

KUCHING: Pepper farmers will be able to adopt the best cultivation practices at their fingertips with the launch of the International Pepper Community (IPC) Farmers App.

Pepper vines growing in a farm near Kuching. Pepper farmers can learn about best cultivation practices through an app. — filepic
2 Jul 2018 | 7:00 AM

Pan Borneo Highway construction over one-third completed

KUCHING: The Pan Borneo Highway project in Sarawak, which is now more than one-third into its construction period, is gaining momentum.

25 Jun 2018 | 7:00 AM

Pertama eyes full capacity in October for smelting plant

KUCHING: Ferrosilicon and manganese alloys maker Pertama Ferroalloys Sdn Bhd expects to run its smelting plant in Samalaju Industrial Park, Bintulu at full capacity in October.

OM Materials is a JV between Australian-listed OM Holdings Ltd and Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd while Sakura is in another joint venture with three partners, namely South Africa’s Assmang Ptd Ltd, Japan’s Sumitomo Corp and Taiwan’s China Steel Corp, seen here. — Bloomberg
18 Jun 2018 | 7:00 AM

Win-win solution proposed for smelting plant electricity usage dispute

KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd says it has proposed a “win-win” solution to Pertama Ferroalloys Sdn Bhd (PFA) over the latter’s request not to be charged for unconsumed electricity at its manganese alloys smelting plant in Samalaju Industrial Park, Bintulu.

13 Jun 2018 | 7:00 AM

Smelting plant electricity usage dispute to be mediated by Recoda

KUCHING: The Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) is stepping in to help resolve a dispute between Pertama Ferroalloys Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) over Pertama having to pay for unconsumed electricity at its manganese alloy smelting plant in Samalaju Industrial Park, Bintulu.

11 Jun 2018 | 7:00 AM

Further increase in export prices of plywood seen

KUCHING: Sarawak’s major timber companies are benefitting from the price uptrend in export plywood products to key market Japan.

Export prices for Sarawak plywood products to Japan have risen over 10% since late last year, and further increases are on the cards.
4 Jun 2018 | 7:00 AM

SCIB aims to boost sales of IBS products

KUCHING: Sarawak Consolidated Industries Bhd (SCIB) is pushing to boost the sales of its industrialised building system (IBS) products for housing projects in the state.

30 May 2018 | 7:00 AM

Naim plans to cash in on demand for affordable housing

KUCHING: Naim Holdings Bhd, which has a huge landbank in Sarawak’s major towns, expects to build at least 1,000 units of affordable houses in three years to cash in on market demand.

“The single-storey terrace houses there are offered at about RM300,000 each,” Hasmi(filepic) told StarBiz after the company’s AGM here

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