Monday, October 18, 2021

Malaysia set to strengthen foothold in Philippine rail industry

ON A mission to engage with Philippine rail companies and strengthen Malaysia’s foothold in the country, the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) through its Manila office announced that they are organising the Malaysia-Philippine Rail Webinar on October 20, 2021, followed by business matching on October 21, 2021.

According to MATRADE Manila Trade Commissioner Siti Azlina, “The program is designed to provide a platform for Malaysia to showcase its current rail development and technical expertise in rail system engineering. This event is supported by the Ministry of Transport Malaysia, along with Malaysia Rail Industry Corporation (MARIC) and National Rail Centre of Excellence (NRCOE)”.

“A total of 12 Malaysian companies including one technical education institution of diverse engineering expertise such as Signalling & Telecommunication, Power & Rail Electrification, Track Works, Rolling Stock Engineering, Overhaul, Refurbishment & Maintenance as well as Simulation & Rail-related Education will be featured in this webinar. I hope Philippine rail industry players will make time to attend this webinar and register for B2B,” Commissioner Siti Azlina added.

Commenting on Malaysian rail industry players, Siti Azlina shared, “Our companies have developed necessary engineering excellence, meeting the international standards and recognition. The Greater Kuala Lumpur Integrated Rail System Project that is the backbone of seamless connectivity in the Klang Valley region, is an important testament of capabilities of our very own local players. Numerous packages of the projects were awarded based on merits of Malaysian railway companies together with their respective local and foreign rail partner.”

Through involvement in local projects, Malaysian railway companies have managed to expand their engineering proficiency through knowledge transfer, involvement in after sales as well as maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO). It has also raised their profiles and credibility as engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) partners to the international Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), enabling smart-partnership between various parties, locally and abroad.

In terms of system engineering work, Malaysian railway companies can be considered having the highest competencies in the areas of Automated Collection Fares, Communications and Track Works; through which some of the companies in these sub-specialties have penetrated the overseas markets, namely Vietnam for communication systems and Indonesia for track work projects as well as most of the South East Asian countries for electrification systems.

Malaysian rail companies are looking forward to partner and collaborate with Philippines and other foreign rail companies here in undertaking various rail projects and urban transportation infrastructure in the Philippines. Interested companies wish to get connected with Malaysian companies are welcomed to contact MATRADE Manila at or register at

About Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

MATRADE is Malaysia’s external trade promotion arm under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). MATRADE’ office in Manila undertakes trade and investment promotion activities with the main objective to enhance Malaysia-Philippine bilateral trade as well as to raise the profile of Malaysian companies among Philippine businesses. (PR)


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