Glove and mask factory launched

Workers checking the gloves at the Iconic Medicare factory in Batu Kawan.

A NEW RM200mil glove and mask manufacturing facility has opened on a 2.22ha plot in Batu Kawan, Penang, with 80% of its manufacturing processes automated.

The highly automated factory is expected to have a minimum production capacity of 3.3 billion gloves and 220 million disposable face masks annually.

Tan: With the technologies installed, we are able to maximise outputTan: With the technologies installed, we are able to maximise output

It currently has six glove dipping lines and the facility expects to install 12 glove dipping lines alongside 20 face mask production lines by March.

Iconic Worldwide Berhad executive director James Tan said the company aimed to meet the demand for gloves and face masks in the new norm.

“Our first priority is to make and supply quality products.

“This will ensure that users have access to safe, reliable and effective products to protect themselves.

“All our products are made according to international standards,” he said in a speech during the launch of the factory recently.

He said the facility had obtained all the necessary Malaysian certification which included the MITI manufacturing licence, MDA establishment licence, MDA product registration from the Ministry of Health and the local council manufacturing licence.

“As we are eyeing export markets as well, we have obtained most of the international product registration which included FDA approval, 510k pre-market notification for the US market and CE certification for European market.

“Our factory is also certified under ISO 13485 for the manufacturing of medical devices,” he said.

Tan added that the firm had obtained orders from local and international markets and would be shipping 500 million gloves to the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East later this year.

“The factory is designed to be IR 4.0 ready.

“This means 80% of our manufacturing processes are automated and this is necessary for the sustainability of the business in the long term.

“With these technologies installed, we are able to reduce cost, speed up the manufacturing process and maximise output,” he said.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who was present at the launch of the factory, said he was pleased that the Penang-based homegrown company was embracing technology and automation.

“This is key to remaining competitive and operationally efficient,” he said.

Chow said it was vital for business players in Malaysia to future-proof themselves by embracing cutting-edge technology such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and robotics.

“This is critical for industrial players to raise their productivity and be ahead of the curve.

“For example, the automation of Iconic Worldwide’s operations has enabled the firm to reduce its dependency on foreign workers.

“As there is uncertainty in the foreign labour supply now, we have been urging companies to look at automation,” he added.

Chow said the Penang Digital Transformation Master Plan 2021-2023, which covers the four pillars of economy, infrastructure, governance and community, was instrumental to spearhead the state’s technological leap forward.

“These digitisation initiatives are important for us to achieve the Penang2030 Vision.”

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