KUCHING: Sarawak Consolidated Industries Bhd (SCIB), the company controlled by billionaire Datuk Mohd Abdul Karim Abdullah, is eyeing more contracts to supply industrialised building system (IBS) products in its home state.
In the third quarter, the company secured RM10mil worth of IBS supply jobs.
According to general manager Chai Tze Khang, the state government recently called out for tenders involving school projects and health clinics.
“These projects are well suited for IBS construction methods. We are working with project consultants and contractors on possible supply contracts, ” he told StarBiz.
Recent contract wins include the supply of IBS to health clinic projects in Siburan and Miri, as well as a school project in Samalaju and government quarters in Sri Aman.
Meanwhile, the group has also secured contracts to supply precast concrete foundation piles to 15 rural school rehabilitation projects in the state.
“The supply contracts are worth between RM150,000 and RM200,000 each. The contracts were awarded in mid-September and we have completed the delivery for all the supplies, ” said Chai.
Last year, SCIB had more than doubled the production volume of its IBS precast concrete components to 16,000 tonnes from 7,000 tonnes in 2017 to cater for higher demand from construction projects.
The company recently added a second work shift to ramp up production to cope with increasing orders for its products.
SCIB is the sole spun pile and IBS hollow core and panel wall manufacturer in Sarawak and Sabah.
The company, however, is facing rising competition from other suppliers based in the peninsula.
“SCIB’s strength in IBS lies with our in-house design department that provides technical support to the contractors (in implementing the projects). We provide a one-stop solution centre, ” he said.
On SCIB’s other core business of manufacturing precast concrete products, Chai said the group is continuing the supply of foundation piles and drain culverts to the Sarawak Pan Borneo Highway project, which is more than 40% completed.
“We have also started supplying foundation piles and culverts to a bridge project in Marudi under the Sarawak Coastal Highway project, ” he added.
While the company continues to work on defending its home turf, new chairman Karim is seen by investors as the one to take the company to the international market.
Karim is the founder, group managing director and chief executive officer of Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd, the engineering company with substantial contracts overseas.
Barely two weeks ago, SCIB announced that it had secured a combined RM175.4mil worth of engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contracts in Malaysia, Indonesia, Qatar and Oman.
Managing director Rosland Othman said the new contracts signalled the group’s expansion beyond the business of making precast concrete into a more sophisticated engineering, manufacturing, construction and commissioning company.