Author: Louis Lau

Executive Director and Head of Group Strategy & Monitoring.

Malaysia: your manufacturing destination in Southeast Asia

Is your manufacturing disrupted by COVID-19 or trade war? Ever considered Malaysia as your manufacturing destination in Southeast Asia?

To mark the 63th Independence Day (or in Malaysian, “Hari Merdeka”) from British rule, we bring to you some points on why Malaysia should be your next manufacturing destination in Asia. We wrote about Manufacturing in Malaysia some two years back, and everything still holds true today.

Today we share more on Malaysia and it’s trading relationship with the rest of the world.

Manufacturing destination Malaysia

Malaysia: always a trading nation, even before its inception

For a few hundred years, the strategic location of Malaysia (today) has always been heavily influnced by trade from east to west and vice-versa. Key to this is the Straits of Malacca, The World Economic Forum has called it the second busiest waterway and one of the most important. These straits act as a natural chokepoint for shipping traffic between the Far East and the Old World. This natural chokepoint means the ports in the region are some of the world’s busiest.

Before the inception of Malaysia, various Sultans ruled the land and was heavily involved in trading. The Straits of Malacca, has brought people of many nations together for hundred of years. Hence today, Malaysia is home to a population of 32 million multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-skilled people. In many cases, people can speak some combination of English, Malay, Mandarin or Tamil, so communication isn’t an issue for international customers.

International trade is an important driver of the Malaysian economy. Malaysia imports and exports a large amount of goods (and services) and in that regard, has signed many bilateral and multilateral trade agreements.

Manufacturing destination in Southeast Asia

By its membership in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nation), Malaysia is able to trade with all Southeast Asian countries through the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA). This allows all ASEAN countries to trade amongst each other without tariffs. AFTA’s objective is clear:- To create a global manufacturing base comparable to the Far East in South East Asia. AFTA has made many ASEAN countries like Malaysia the manufacturing destination of choice for customers worldwide.

Trade agreements

As a trading nation, Malaysia hasn’t shied away from signing numerous trade agreements. Malaysia has Free Trade Agreements (FTA) signed with other countries directly (and indirectly through its ASEAN membership). Malaysia is always looking to sign more trade agreements and is in negotiations with more countries / region for FTA. Malaysia has been a member of the WTO since its creation in 1995.

Malaysia, having a small domestic economy, relies heavily on international trade. Open trade, fair foreign investment regime and effective governance are some key policies that the Malaysian government adopts. Naturally, Malaysia does also have its competitive advantage to be part of the global supply chain. Malaysia is rich in natural resources and hence key source of raw materials for global industries.

Access to raw materials

Malaysia has a thriving oil & gas industry and has numerous agricultural produce like palm oil. Historically Malaysia has relied on rich and boyant upstream activities, but since independence development has focused on mid & downstream activities, e.g. semi-processed goods and in recent decades, high-tech electronics. These advantanges mean that certain material can be procured with better leadtimes and cost. Having a developed petrochemical industry for example, means Malaysian companies can access plastic resin locally.

Becoming a manufacturing destination of choice does not happen overnight. Malaysia has for years been on a journey to develop itself and be part of the global value chain (GVC) by developing downstream activities like processing and manufacturing. The corrosponding supply chain network and supporting industry and systems is a result of years of investments and technological development leading to its maturity today.

Leading in electronics & medical devices manufacturing today

Malaysia has been the manufacturing destination to many well-known brands for many years. This has created competitive advantages as certain niche and supply chain network is established. Today, approx 25% of Malaysian GDP is driven by manufacturing. Industrialization started as soon as Malaysia achieved independence, and further accelerated in the 1970s/80s with supportive government policies to attract multi-national global brands.

Most raw materials, parts and components can be imported into Malaysia without any issues, as Malaysia has good trading relationship with all major nations.

Manufacturing destination in Southeast Asia

Malaysia also ranks high for ease of doing business, political stablility and transparency. This makes it the perfect destination for companies choosing the next manufacturing hub, whether to set up shop or to select a manufacturing partner.


About Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad

Southeast Asia manufacturing base

Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad (www.gscorp.com.my) is a contract manufacturer that specializes in plastic injection moulding, sheet metal fabrication and assembly services in 3 locations across South East Asia. GSCORP has years of experience helping product owners bring their ideas to life. Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad is listed on the main market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.


Contact our experts today to discuss how we can manufacture your products!


Sourcing Outside China: the Pros and the Cons

Sourcing outside China to minimize your supply chain risks? In these uncertain times, as the need for supply chain diversification and efficiency increases, businesses may be wondering sourcing outside of China, to another country will actually lead to lower risk, reduced costs and a well oiled supply chain.

By all accounts, China is the largest manufacturing economy in the world for low-cost goods previously, and more recently, for advanced, high-end products, such as electronics and technological products. In fact, according to a recent report published by the United Nations, China accounted for 28 percent of the global manufacturing output in 2018. When this is coupled with seemingly limitless supply of labor, a modern infrastructure and the region’s rich supply of a wide range of precious resources, it seems as though manufacturing China is a no-brainer.

Sourcing outside China: an important step to minimize supply chain risks

Supply Chain Disruption

But, rising labor costs across most large Chinese cities, increased tariffs and instability within the global market are making manufacturers consider other economies. US President Trump’s 25% tariff on imported Chinese goods, for example, has raised manufacturing costs for American companies to the point where it is prohibitive. This has left them scrambling for alternatives.

But, leaving China is not a step that buyers and procurement managers can take lightly. Moving manufacturing to a new country can be a great way to improve stability, total cost of ownership or quality but it also requires careful planning and consideration. Each country has its own legislative reality and way of doing business, and some regions are just better than others for producing certain products.

That said many emerging economies promise to be the next China– if even a mini version of it. But, they too have their advantages and downsides to consider.

The top alternatives to China currently include Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Both Malaysia & Vietnam for, example, has a growing, modern infrastructure, relatively low manufacturing costs, and is close enough to China to benefit from its resources and infrastructure. It also has a high level of industry diversity plus a willingness among factories to work with smaller product runs. Finally, for US companies, shipping lines run frequently, resulting in ease of importation of goods.

But even with all of these qualities, both Malaysia & Vietnam just can’t compete with the size and scope of the Chinese economic juggernaut.

So where does this leave companies looking for a change in their supply chain?

When deciding what road to take, businesses should be aware of the major pros and cons to moving production out of China in the first place.

Why Keep China in the Supply Chain

Even with the above drawbacks, there are still several reasons why companies may choose to stay in China:

  • Taking advantage of the extensive infrastructure. China has been in the manufacturing game for many years now, and they have invested a lot of resources into building up their internal infrastructure. This includes the largest shipping and supplier network in Asia.
  • Access to raw materials. One of the biggest hurdles for businesses wanting to move their manufacturing outside of China is access to necessary raw materials. Few to no countries can compete with China’s resource-rich environment. Plus, with a network of almost 3 million factories operating operating throughout the country, manufacturers can easily get all the material and supplies they need from a nearby factory without having to import it from another country.
  • Cheap labor still exists. It may be harder to find, but it’s possible to keep labor costs low by choosing to work with a factory located in a more rural area in China. However, companies need to be concern if it is too good to be true as there are instances of human rights abuses.
  • A new market opportunity. China isn’t just a manufacturing hub, for some companies it can also be a potential market for their products. With a population of over 1.3 billion people, that’s a lot of potential customers. Breaking in to this market, however, requires the help of a locally-based outsourcing company.

Reasons to Source Outside of China

Here is a rundown of the majors reasons to move manufacturing out of China:

  • Lower production costs. One of the major advantages to working outside of China is that production costs can be dramatically lower– especially when it comes to large production runs. This has a touch of irony since the primary driver to manufacturing in China has always been the ability to tap into an exceptionally large labor-ready force earning below average wages. But labor costs in China have risen dramatically over the past 20 years or so.
  • Fewer regulations. Though the Chinese government has many regulations and incentives in place to help keep local companies competitive, there are a number of strict requirements and limitations for foreign companies doing business there. Many neighboring countries on the other hand, have more favorable business environments for foreign entities.
  • Reduce risk. The on-going trade war between China and the US, and by extension, much of the world, creates a lot of uncertainty about what the future holds for China and its manufacturing industry. Such uncertainty just doesn’t fit in a supply chain that must quickly adapt to changes in demand. Many smaller companies in particular may find that they need a more stable and predictable environment.

The bottom line for companies wishing to move their manufacturing outside of China is that they need to be in touch with their needs and go into the process informed. Alternatives to China are definitely out there, but every company has to decide what makes the most sense for their products and business model.

Source outside of China and diversify your supply chain with Ge-Shen’s engineering & manufacturing capabilities

Ge-Shen has helped many customers from US, China or customers from the rest of the world, diversify their supply chain and establishing manufacturing hubs outside of China. Over the past 2 years, Ge-Shen has built an extensive sourcing strategy to ensure a seamless supply chain for its customers.

With favorable trade relations between China and Malaysia or Vietnam, Ge-Shen deploys a blended sourcing strategy – picking the best manufacturers or suppliers from China, Malaysia & Vietnam for these parts while keeping most other manufacturing in-house or in-country. This has proven to help customers diversify its supply chain and source outside of China quickly.

About Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad

Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad (www.gscorp.com.my) is a contract manufacturer that specializes in plastic injection moulding, sheet metal fabrication and assembly services in 3 locations across South East Asia. GSCORP has years of experience helping product owners bring their ideas to life. Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad is listed on the main market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.


Contact our experts today to discuss how we can manufacture your products!


Metal Fabrication using the CNC Press Brake Machine and Its Advantages

Understanding Press Brake in Metal Fabrication

Press Brake is an important process in any metal fabrication manufacturing. Press brake machine as the name suggests, is a pressing machine commonly used with a set of punch and dies to fabricate various types of sheet metal. Categorised by its means of exerting force, there are several types of press brakes that include, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and servo-electric. Nowadays, due to the advancement of hydraulics and control system, hydraulic press brake machines are currently the most opted for in the sheet metal industry.  

Metal fabrication press brake

The basic parameters that governs a press brake machine are the force or tonnage and its working length. The machine’s working height, stroke length, distance to the back-gauge and crowning are the additional control parameters. Back in the days prior to the development of complex control systems, these parameters required an experienced and highly skilled operator to manually set and tune based on the product requirements. 

Why use a Computer-Numerical-Control (CNC) Press Brake in metal fabrication? 

  1. High Flexibility, Low Setup Time – On top of its ability to automate and integrate with advanced robotic bending system, CNC press brake machines offer high flexibility with low setup times. Taking advantage of its immaculate control systems of the back-gauge distance, bend angle and stroke length, the control systems can be used to register and record the type of bends and its required setup parameters, enabling the setup of multiple bends using the same machine. Essentially a product be formed from a flat sheet metal to its final shape just from a single setup.  
  2. Advanced Crowning System – Greater Consistency and Repeatability – Also known as the ‘kayak or canoe effect’, this is a condition that commonly occurs in high-tonnage press brake applications. The term ‘kayak’ refers to the deflection of the beams and table during the press sequence. Crowning is a fine-tuning process required to offset and equally distribute the forces of the press brake. Instead of using shims or grinding the bar to manually offset the deflection, the system compensates this effect by measuring the deflection and generating the opposite forces or “curve” necessary to ensure that the ram and table are parallel during bending. This allows for a consistent bend angle along the products bend line. What was previously an intricate and time-consuming process, are now simplified allowing for greater consistency and accuracy. 

Our sheet metal fabrication capabilities: we have 10 press brake machines

Currently we have a total 10 press brake machines with 4 of them being CNC press brakes. Combined with our years of experience in process, fixtures and tooling design, we serve a wide range of high-precision sheet metal fabrication services at a competitive pricing. A glimpse of our bending capabilities includes: 

  • Maximum machine tonnage of 110 tons 
  • Bending length of up to 3000mm (122 inches) 
  • Material thickness ranging from 0.3mm to 6mm (0.012-0.25 inches) 
  • Complex forming: lower tooling cost and quicker turnaround 
  • Bending tolerance of up to +/- 0.25mm 

About Demand Options Sdn Bhd

Demand Options was established in 1997 and currently has a suite of metal fabrication capabilities, including laser cutting and metal stamping processeses and secondary processes like welding, powder coating, and assembly services. Demand Options is a subsidiary of Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad.

About Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad

Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad (www.gscorp.com.my) is a contract manufacturer that specializes in plastic injection moulding, sheet metal fabrication and assembly services in 3 locations across South East Asia. GSCORP has years of experience helping product owners bring their ideas to life. Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad is listed on the main market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.


Contact our experts today to discuss your manufacturing requirements and how we can help you with your products. 


CMT Welding in Metal Fabrication and How Is It Similar to MIG Welding?

We explore the differences of MIG Welding (Metal Inert Gas) and CMT Welding (Cold Metal Transfer) and how it is used in metal fabrication process.

What is Welding?

Welding can be defined as a metal fabrication process that utilises high heat to melt and join materials, commonly metals or thermoplastics together. In other words, it is basically a joining process that involve the manipulation of material phase from solid to liquid and back to solid. Welding technology has long been and is constantly evolving. It is no surprise that nowadays there are numerous welding methods currently being applied in the industry.

MIG Welding in Metal Fabrication

In MIG Welding, the workpiece and the welding gun are part of the same electrical circuit. The electrode wire is automatically fed through the gun. Current instantaneously flow the moment the electrode wire touches the workpiece. As the electrode wire rapidly heats up due to the high amperage, the tip of the solid electrode begins to melt into metal droplets.

The metal droplets would then separate from the electrode forming an electrical arc that is around 3500°C which heats up and melts the workpiece forming a molten puddle. This enable the metal droplets to fuse with the base metal. As the temperature decreases, the molten puddle of base material and metal droplets solidify, forming weld beads. This process continuously repeats itself several times each second until the seams are fully welded.

CMT Welding in Metal Fabrication

The differences in CMT and MIG welding process is fairly subtle with the exception in the way the electrode wire is fed.

In contrast to continuously feeding the electrode wire into the molten puddle (MIG), in CMT, the electrode wire is instantly retracted the moment current flows. This provides the welding some time to cool before each drop is placed. In doing so, this process leaves a smooth weld that is way stronger than the hotter weld (MIG).

These steps are repeated throughout the welding process. Obviously, this requires a lot of sophisticated control technology which is why it is commonly performed using a welding robot.

Enabling the welding some time to cool means that this welding process can be carried out at a lower temperature. Thus, reducing the risks of heat-related defects from occurring in the welded materials. Through the usage of robotic arms and advanced control system, welding can be carried out at high-speed precision and consistency.

Why use CMT Welding in Metal Fabrication?

There are tremendous advantages in opting to use CMT for your products that include:

  • The ability of CMT to weld materials at a lower temperature can be leveraged to mitigate heat-related defects such as, material warpage and the oil-canning effect.
  • Works well with thin metals that are prone to warping.
  • Allows the welding of dissimilar metals (eg: steel and aluminium) through its controlled metal disposition and low heat-input.
  • Automated process, means greater speed, precision and consistency in products.
CMT Welding in Metal Fabrication

Contact us today to find out more

We also offer in-house design and fabrication services for welding fixtures and jigs to optimize the process lead-time and efficiency. Contact our experts today to discuss on how we can help you.

About Demand Options Sdn Bhd

Demand Options was established in 1997 and currently has a suite of metal fabrication capabilities, including laser cutting and metal stamping processeses and secondary processes like welding, powder coating, and assembly services. Demand Options is a subsidiary of Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad.

About Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad

Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad (www.gscorp.com.my) is a contract manufacturer that specializes in plastic injection moulding, sheet metal fabrication and assembly services in 3 locations across South East Asia. GSCORP has years of experience helping product owners bring their ideas to life. Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad is listed on the main market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.


Large tonnage injection moulding machine added to Hanoi facility

We are proud to announce that a unit of the 1100 tonne injection moulding has arrived and in the process of commissioning in our Hanoi, Vietnam factory. With this addition, we will be able to serve customers in the Hanoi region for large-sized plastic parts.

We have been adding additional large tonnage machines in our Hanoi factory over the years. Last year, we added a new 650 tonne machine to our Hanoi factory.

Do let us know if you have any injection moulding requirements!

About Ge-Shen Vietnam Co. Ltd.

Ge-Shen Vietnam, located in Hanoi, Malaysia, was established in 2006 and currently has 50 units of injection moulding machines, a suite of secondary processes like spray painting, printing & ultrasonic and 5 assembly lines. Ge-Shen Vietnam is certified ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

About Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad

Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad (www.gscorp.com.my) is a contract manufacturer that specializes in plastic injection moulding, sheet metal fabrication and assembly services in 3 locations across South East Asia. GSCORP has years of experience helping product owners bring their ideas to life. 


Medical injection moulding with certified ISO-13485 facility in Johor, Malaysia

In our pursuit to offer better assurance & services in medical injection moulding to our customers, we have pursued to and are now certified ISO-13485 in our plastic injection moulding facility (‘Ge-Shen Plastic (M) Sdn Bhd’) in Johor, Malaysia!

We have for years been relentless in our passion to improve ourselves to ensure that we meet the increasing demand from our customers. The ISO-13485 certification now means that we now have a certified comprehensive quality management systems for the design & manufacture of medical devices.

Having said that, medical injection moulding is not new to us. Ge-Shen has been pursuing customers in the medical segment for years. We have moulded plastics and made moulds for end-products like and automated external defibrillator (AED) machine, tube & connectors, etc.

Contact us today to see how we can help you with you medical products!


Other medical injection moulding components and product manufacturing solutions Ge-Shen can offer:


About Ge-Shen Plastic (M) Sdn Bhd

Ge-Shen Plastic, located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, was established in 1995 and currently has 72 injection moulding machines, a suite of secondary processes like spray painting, printing & ultrasonic and more than 10 assembly lines. Ge-Shen Plastic is certified ISO 9001, 14001 and now 13485. Its integrated management system also complies to the TS 16949 standard.

About Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad

Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad (www.gscorp.com.my) is a contract manufacturer that specializes in plastic injection moulding, sheet metal fabrication and assembly services in 3 locations across South East Asia. GSCORP has years of experience helping product owners bring their ideas to life. 


Management Discussion & Analysis 2019: A Summary

An extract of the MD&A for 2019. Full version can be found here.

In the ongoing evolution of GSCorp from a single manufacturing site specialising only in injection moulding in Johor Bahru to a multi-site, multi capability manufacturer capable of providing manufacturing solutions to end customers, the company is bound to face up to numerous issues and challenges. However, it must be said that 2019 and the early part of 2020 have proven to be one of the most challenging times to be managing a manufacturing business never mind the transformative changes that the management have set out to achieve. Just as 2019 ended and we began the new year with a degree of optimism as some significant new orders start to materialize, the impact of the Covid-19 suddenly reared its ugly head and we are back to being on the back foot, trying to manage around the uncertainty of the pandemic outbreak on our operations.

We shall be writing a bit more about this issue a bit later, but we will start our management discussion on the revenue side of the business.

REVENUE

The company faced a steep fall off in sales in 2019 when compared to 2018. The revenue recorded for 2019 was RM159mil a decrease of 21% from the year ago level of RM202mil. This fall off in sales is due to a combination of weaker global economy and a decrease in orders from a few key customers.

The Penang facility experienced the steepest fall in sales revenue as key customers pulled in less than expected and this drop in sales had a very significant impact on the profitability of the Penang facility. One of the customers had chosen to relocate their final assembly plant away from Malaysia while other customers had their own particular reasons for their drop in purchases. In the plastic facility in Johor, likewise a reduction in customers’ orders and unfavorable sales mix caused our sales to suffer accordingly. Meanwhile a marginal decline in sales was seen in the Johor sheet metal facility as its customer base
is biased towards industrial products which is generally a more stable demand source as opposed to consumer electronics which has more ups and down. The plastic plant in Vietnam, having moved into a larger and better built facility, gave it an opportunity to increase its sales on a year on year comparison. There was also an increase in enquiries from customers for manufacturing capacity in Vietnam as a lot of companies have set up their plants in Vietnam to supply into the US market to circumvent the US imposed tariff barrier. We are confident that this trend will continue to benefit the Vietnam facility going forward into the future.

COSTS, PROFITABILITY AND CASHFLOW

The reduction in sales revenue is the main reason for the company’s lack of profitability in 2019. Manufacturing companies like ourselves operate on the principle that a certain level of sales revenue is needed in order to cover fixed costs and after which the operational leverage can be quite significant. In the case of GSCorp in 2019, the converse is also true. In this case, all the subsidiaries suffered a drop in revenue and hence all the subsidiaries registered losses for 2019. In particular, the Penang facility experienced a delay in the mass production run for several new customers due to the long gestation period of new products. This was acutely felt as the lost revenue resulted in Penang’s operating result being the worst of all the subsidiaries. In the Johor facilities, extra costs were also incurred in management’s effort in keeping the company in compliance with 5S workplace organization and greater effort in complying with CSR standards expected of a modern manufacturing company. Finally, the successive hikes in the minimum wage rate in Malaysia also had a material adverse effect on our profitability as arguably these wage hikes were not fully supported by productivity improvements especially coming so soon after the previous year’s hike. In order to combat this increase in costs, management is taking active efforts
to instill more efficient manufacturing methods and the practice of lean manufacturing process is being instilled into the work force. There has also been some reduction in the workforce over the year as a cost reduction exercise. The management is confident that when there is an upswing in volume, the company will be able to leverage off these improvements to run on a better operating margin.

The operational overheads of the Company have also increased due to the substantial capex in plant and machinery that has been undertaken by at the various subsidiaries over the past years. These capex have been financed by an increased in bank borrowings therefore increasing interest expense and the depreciation charges of these newly acquired asset also add to the overheads of the company.

Notwithstanding the losses that has been suffered, the company have always been operationally cashflow positive and have at all times been in compliance with banking covenants. The management have been carefully monitoring the situation and giving transparency to our bankers through active engagement. The management is very appreciative of the support from our banking partners who bought into our long-term vision and have been very supportive of our capex programs as well as the working capital requirements that is required to operate in this business.

CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

Over the past few years, the company has been transitioning to be a manufacturing company which can be relied on to provide manufacturing solutions to our customers from near and far, business development efforts have been focused on reaching out to these customers and the capex programme have been initiated in order to give these customers confidence in our ability to fulfill their requirements both in terms of capacity as well as capabilities jobs. For some of the sites, efforts are made to re layout the floor to be more efficient as well as improvements in process and workflow to give us the ability to handle higher production volumes as we supplement those much more substantive capex to purchase additional land and factory previously.

After the capex programs of the past years, the management believe that the increase in the available plant and facilities is at an optimal level and we do not anticipate significant additions to land and building over the next year or two. In the meantime, there may still be requirement for additional machinery to be installed as available capacity or machine tonnage may not match production requirements. Investments may also be made in the area of automation and critical processes as the company moves into being a complete manufacturing partner to our principals. The Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) that we are in the process of rolling out over the next two/three years will be a vital tool to link up the whole company to allow for data to be collected, stored and used over the entire business activities of the company thereby allowing for better management control of its activities.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND SALES FOCUS

While we have pointed to the weaker macroeconomic overtone and the reduction of customer orders as the primary reason for the steep falloff in our revenue, it can be argued that inadequate business development efforts in the past have resulted in a lack of customer/project pipeline and an inadvertent reliance on existing customers only. Eighteen months ago, the management initiated a more proactive business development area which resulted in better leads and project wins. An integral part of the process of business development was also the anticipatory capex such as acquisitions of strategically located plant and property and the necessary refurbishment in order to convince our principals that we have the capability and capacity to serve them better.

The other part of the business development effort is to be more proactive in meeting up with prospects. On a regional basis our colleagues in the business development department undertook many trips to Southern China and also further afield to reach out to those who may have been disrupted by the trade war to offer our manufacturing solutions. The realignment of supply chains as a result of the trade war between US and China have certainly increased the level of enquires from principals and brand owners wishing to diversify its supply chain away from China. It is however still incumbent on the efforts of the company to be out there to get the business.

Over the past year, besides the numerous trips over to China, the company also have participated in a medical device fair in Singapore, the K Fair in Dusseldorf, Germany and also in a MATRADE promoted US road show. In these instances, the
Company is very grateful to MATRADE the national trade promotion agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry for organising these overseas engagements. We are also very grateful and thankful to MATRADE for our enrolment in a sponsored coaching and mentoring programme under the MTCDP programme which benefited the company collectively and us individually tremendously. It is very heartening to be able to draw on the resources of MATRADE in our overseas marketing efforts and we have no doubt that this will be a very fruitful undertaking.

ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS

In this age of data and online solutions, devices is increasingly becoming more of a conduit for software connectivity and delivery, therefore product owners are more focused on the development of software, functionality, and marketing aspect of the product while leaning on their manufacturing partners for greater value added solutions in the manufacturing of the hardware. In some recent cases, we have been urged to suggest design improvements for better manufacturing or cost savings. In many ways this complementary capability is not only a value-added service but increasingly seen as a requirement to win new businesses. We recognise this trend and are gradually positioning ourselves in this value chain.

We have been equipping and reorganising ourselves with the right skills and capability to serve this market. We aim to be a globally recognised engineering and manufacturing solutions company.


Metal fabrication using laser cutting machine

Why Laser Cut metal?

Laser cutting machine is a key technology used in metal fabrication manufacturing can dramatically decrease lead times and reduce material scrap while maintaining tight tolerances.  It can also reduce costs by eliminating the need for some secondary processes.  Unlike stamping, laser cutting does not require tooling and offers practically burr-free holes and edges.

Our metal fabrication facility in Johor, named DOSB (Demand Options Sdn Bhd) a metal fabrication & stamping manufacturer located in Johor Bahru (Southern Region of Malaysia) offers the latest laser cutting technology to bring you high quality, cost-competitive, precision parts. As of today, DOSB has total of three CO2 laser cutting machines and one Fiber laser cutting machine to cater for metal fabrication demand by providing: –

  • Metal sheet max size up to of 5ft x 10ft (1.50m x 3.00m)
  • Wide range of material like aluminium, mild steel & stainless steel
  • Aluminium sheet thickness 0.5 – 12mm
  • Mild steel sheet thickness 0.5 – 22mm
  • Stainless steel sheet thickness 0.5 – 16mm

Why use Fiber Laser for laser cutting?

Fiber Laser has a shorter wavelength and is 3 to 4 times more easily absorbed than traditional CO2 laser. This enables high quality processing of highly reflective, difficult to process material such as stainless steel, aluminum, brass or copper materials.

Fiber lasers can process more safely than CO2 because the beam is more readily absorbed and not reflected. Electrical consumption is also less compared to CO2 laser. More importantly, it is quicker to process metals using fiber lasers, allowing for our shorter cycle time and quicker turnaround times.

Why choose us for your metal fabrication and laser cutting?

Our metal facility Demand Options, has been cutting metal since 1997. Drawing on our years of experience, we are able to provide you with manufacturing solutions to ensure smooth delivery of your products to the marketplace.

We have associated services in-house like welding, powder-coating and assembly and have a vast supply network of vendors providing services like plating and hardware, accessories & components.

We can provide you with metal components or assemble your products for you.


Need Laser Cutting or Metal Fabrication services?

Contact us today to discuss how we can help you!


About Demand Options Sdn Bhd

Demand Options was established in 1997 and currently has a suite of metal fabrication capabilities, including laser cutting and metal stamping processeses and secondary processes like welding, powder coating, and assembly services. Demand Options is a subsidiary of Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad.

About Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad

Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad (www.gscorp.com.my) is a contract manufacturer that specializes in plastic injection moulding, sheet metal fabrication and assembly services in 3 locations across South East Asia. GSCORP has years of experience helping product owners bring their ideas to life. Ge-Shen Corporation Berhad is listed on the main market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.



Plastic injection moulding: clear transparent parts

We wrote about the high quality, appearance parts especially for housing, cover & enclosures. Today we will touch a little on injection moulding for clear transparent plastic parts.

Clear transparent plastic parts are used in various end-products like lighting, medical devices, medical consumables and dental products, cosmetics, food storage & packaging, lenses and consumer electronics. These products typically have similar requirement: good transparency, good light transmission and sleek & clean looking.

Experience and quality in appearance

Typical clear transparent plastic part defects (apart from regular dimensional requirements) include silver streak, bubbles, flow marks, gas marks and black dots. We deploy various methods to ensure such defects are eliminated using our scientific moulding process, including, mold-flow analysis and simulation, adherence to material technical data sheet (TDS) guidelines, good manufacturing processes and clean environment.

We believe that having years of experience in producing clear transparent plastic parts for various applications, we are able to help our customers launch successful products into the marketplace.

Why manufacture your clear transparent plastic parts with Ge-Shen?

  • We manufacture all your products according to good manufacturing standards (ie. ISO 9001).
  • Medical manufacturing / medical moulding and clean room moulding according to ISO 13485 standards (where required), including 100K clean room environment (where needed).
  • For moulds manufactured by us, we conduct thorough Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and/or if you provide the moulds to us maintained in tip-top condition to ensure consistent quality.
  • RoHs and Reach-compliant

For more information, contact us today!