Surviving in one of the most challenging businesses in the world, aerospace manufacturers needs to develop a set of skills that become a core part of their DNA and standardized them into best practices. To realize this, CTRM devotes to giving continuous effort and commitment towards producing and improvising the quality of work packages sent to our customers.

With the theme ‘Say No to FOD, Say No to Counterfeit Parts & Yes to Product Safety’, Quality division had organized a Quality week for three days starting from 26 to 28 September 2018. The annual event aims to promote awareness among CTRM staff particularly in three main aspects; FOD*, counterfeit products and product safety.

First introduced in 2014, this year marked the 4th Quality Week event successfully executed. As the saying goes, ‘Quality is not an act, it is a habit’, this event covered on broad spectrum of quality when the activities sets were not only focusing on quality for production, but has widen it’s focal point on the importance of health quality of staff in order to produce quality products.

In collaboration with Putra Hospital and Eyecon Optometrist, talks on health issues related to eyes and ergonomics were partly the main agenda. This is very essential to ensure our workers are aware of their health conditions and allow us to maintain and optimized our work quality for a long term.

According to Mr. Sivakumar Maniraj, event coordinator, ‘’ we received encouraging response from CTRM staff during this special week. As part of the activities, we also displayed our first Eagle 150B aircraft and I believe it is a friendly approach to deepen the knowledge of our staff on the products that we manufacture”. En. Ridzuan Abdul Rahman, speaker during Program Quality Talk added “CTRM always complies with the requirements of rejecting counterfeit parts. For any purchase of goods or products, the supply chain department will go through the approved supplier list. Every item that goes into CTRM is approved by the customers and we do not use counterfeit items”.

Other than Quality and Health talk, activities line up during this week were launching of the Autonomous Maintenance ‘Saya Guna Mesin, Saya Jaga Mesin campaign’ by HMS and booth openings by Engineering, Health, Safety & Environment (HSE), Human Capital & Administration (HCA), Hicom Management System (HMS), and also external from insurance and banking. To add interest to the event, various games such as spot the defects, find me and do you know me were also conducted primarily to test the knowledge of our staff on parts that we produce.

“we enjoyed ourselves with all the activities and games organized as at the same time we could increase our knowledge on defects “ says one of the participants.

Quality week is the right platform to help educate CTRM staff on the importance of quality in their job and life. Quality isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.

* foreign object debris

CTRM cadang tembusi segmen perniagaan bersepadu

Anak syarikat milik penuh Drb-hicom Bhd komited untuk mantapkan pengeluaran komponen pesawat

Pengeluar komponen aeroangkasa, Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM) bercadang untuk meneroka segmen pengeluaran kerusi pesawat dan kerja pemasangan serta sub-pemasangan bernilai tambah tinggi. Dalam pada itu, anak syarikat milik penuh Drb-hicom Bhd itu juga komited untuk memantapkan pengeluaran komponen pesawat, selain daripada merangsang segmen perniagaan pemasangan bersepadu, yang mana termasuk bahagian dalaman, kabinet penyediaan makanan dan tandas pesawat.

“Kami percaya terdapat bidang yang mana kami boleh terus memanfaatkan aplikasi komposit dalam usaha untuk meningkatkan perniagaan kami pada masa hadapan. “Bagaimanapun, ia masih di peringkat awal dan kami sudah berbincang dengan beberapa pihak untuk rancangan ini”.

“Kami juga bekerjasama dengan institusi penyelidikan dan rakan kongsi sebagai pelanggan berpotensi kami,” kata Ketua Pegawai Eksekutifnya, Shamsuddin Mohamed Yusof, kepada NST Group dalam satu temu bual di Kuala Lumpur, baru-baru ini.

Bida lebih banyak kontrak

Shamsuddin berkata, CTRM sudah memulakan aktiviti bida bagi pengeluaran kerusi pesawat dan membentangkan keputusan ujiannya kepada pelanggan berpotensi. Syarikat itu juga sedang membida lebih banyak kontrak dan pengembangan tempahan daripada pelanggan sedia ada dan pemain aeroangkasa utama.

“Industri aeroangkasa terus menikmati momentum pertumbuhan yang baik dan kami melihat permintaan memberangsangkan daripada pengeluar pesawat baharu di seluruh dunia”. “Kami yakin mendapat manfaat daripada permintaan itu kerana akan ada pesanan dari pengeluar peralatan tulen (OEM), walaupun kekurangan pembangunan pesawat baharu,” katanya.

Mengikut Unjuran Pasaran Global Airbus 2018-2037, kira kira 37,400 pesawat baharu bernilai AS$5.8 trilion diperlukan dalam tempoh 20 tahun, dengan peningkatan lalu lintas pada kadar 4.4 peratus setahun, memacu keperluan untuk 37,390 pesawat penumpang dan pengangkutan baharu.

CTRM terbabit dalam pengeluaran komponen pesawat termasuk sayap, ekor kapal terbang dan penutup enjin, menggunakan bahan komposit. Pelanggan utama termasuk Spirit Aerosystems, syarikat yang mengeluarkan komponen sayap, dan UTC Sistem Aeroangkasa, syarikat pengeluar penutup enjin. Secara keseluruhan, pendapatan bagi kumpulan CTRM sebahagian besarnya berasal dari Airbus, Boeing dan lain-lain, dengan masing-masing menyumbang kira-kira 70 peratus, 27 peratus dan 3.0 peratus.

Teknologi baharu

Shamsuddin berkata, CTRM menubuhkan beberapa kerjasama dengan institusi dan penyelidik serta akademik dari universiti Eropah dan OEM untuk merumuskan aplikasi bahan baharu. Beliau berkata, aplikasi itu mesti sesuai dengan teknologi baharu termasuk sistem acuan pemindahan resin, pemprosesan luar autoklaf, teknik penyerapan dan struktur termoplastik yang berpusat pada penemuan kos.

“Kami melihat banyak eksperimen berlaku dalam industri. CTRM sedang menuju ke arah itu bagi memastikan teknologi baharu dapat memberi perkhidmatan yang lebih baik kepada kami,” katanya.

Shamsuddin berkata, CTRM dijadualkan untuk menyiapkan kemudahan pengeluaran keenamnya bernilai RM125 juta menjelang akhir bulan ini, memberikan ruang lantai gabungan 1.0 juta kaki persegi untuk digunakan bagi pemasangan komponen pesawat untuk setcip Airbus A320 dan A350.

“Kami percaya terdapat bidang yang mana kami boleh terus manfaatkan aplikasi komposit dalam usaha untuk meningkatkan perniagaan kami pada masa hadapan” Shamsuddin Mohamed Yusof, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif CTRM

Source: Berita Harian, 23 August 2018

CTRM Weighs in on Encouraged Demand for Aircraft Globally

KUALA LUMPUR: DRB-HICOM’s subsidiary, Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM) is sanguine about the encouraged demand for the new aircraft globally particularly from airliners.

Its chief executive officer Shamsuddin Mohamed Yusof said CTRM would continue to aggressively bid in manufacturing aircraft components, diversifying into aircraft seats production and venturing into high-value added sub-assembly and assembly works.

“The aerospace industry continues to enjoy good growth momentum. Apart from going after some of the low-hanging fruit business, we are currently bidding for more contracts and expansion of orders from existing customers and prominent aerospace players.

“We are confident to be able to benefit from such crutch as there will be orders from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), despite the lack of new aircraft development,” he told NST Business in an interview recently.

According to Airbus Global Market Forecast 2018-2037, about 37,400 new aircraft valued at US$5.8 trillion will be required over 20 years, with traffic growing at a resilient 4.4 per cent per year, driving a need for 37,390 new passenger and freighter aircraft.

Airbus chief commercial officer Eric Schulz said there is a growing trend to use aircraft across a broader range of operations, with today’s more capable aircraft blurring the boundaries between market segments.

“These realities made us develop a new segmentation with small, medium, large and extra-large categories, reflecting more closely the way airlines operate aircraft,” he said.

Airbus noted that the growth drivers include private consumption increasing 2.4 times in emerging economies, higher disposable incomes and a near doubling of the middle classes globally.

The report also highlighted that greater aircraft range and capacity through technological developments allow airlines the flexibility to explore new business opportunities whilst maintaining focus on cost reduction.

Shamsuddin said CTRM is also committed to pursue into more integrated assembly for its future plan to manufacture aircraft seats and interior parts for the aircraft including galleys and lavatories.

“We believe that there are the areas we can continue to leverage on composite application in order to boost our future business.

“However, it is still in preliminary stage and we have been talking to several parties for this plan. We also work with certain research institutes and partners for our potential customers,” he added.

Shamsuddin said CTRM’s biggest customers include Spirit AeroSystems (produces wings components) and UTC Aerospace Systems (produces fan cowl).

CTRM group’s overall revenue is largely derived from Airbus, Boeing and others, contributing about 70 per cent, 27 per cent and 3.0 per cent, respectively.

Shamsuddin pointed out that CTRM began in the bidding activities for the aircraft seats manufacturing and had presented its test result to potential customers.

Shamsuddin said through continuous development, CTRM would also create more employment for Malaysians with the aim of adding 300 jobs within two to three years from the current 2,700 jobs at its facility in Batu Berendam, Melaka.

“Aerospace industry is a highly regulated sector that requires competent workforce. We currently employ technicians, executives and engineers, which are the crucial jobs at our plant. This is the benefit that the industry contributed to the well-being of the people locally,” he said.

Shamsuddin said CTRM is focused on improving its operation efficiency, identifying new technology to enhance its aircraft components manufacturing and developing its human capital to remain competitive and ensure future sustainability.

“We were seeing that the aerospace industry landscape in the past few years was in the midst of transforming itself into more cost-conscious.

“OEMs like Airbus and Boeing are now looking more rigorously on the cost-reduction activities, enabling them to remain competitive and sustainable in the long run.

“Demand from airliners is centred towards price reduction for aircraft, which has become more obvious than before, particularly with the emergence of low-cost carriers (LCCs) as their business model require them to look into ways of cost-cutting measures,” he said.

Although there was not much of new generation aircraft development, Shamsuddin said aircraft requires years to manufacture unlike cars, however, airlines kept placing their orders for an improved version of aircraft.

“Being the manufacturer for the aircraft components, we are seeing the shift from the traditional technology to more advancement technology application.

“It’s important for us to relook into this to stay ‘afloat’ as the industry landscape has been changing and becoming more demanding,” he said.

Shamsuddin said CTRM has established a few collaborations with institutions and researchers as well as academia from the European universities and OEMs to formulate new material application.

He said the application must suit with new technology including the resin transfer moulding system, out-of-autoclave processing, infusion technique and thermoplastic structure that are centered towards cost breakthrough.

“We are seeing a lot of experimentation going on in the industry. CTRM is moving towards that direction to ensure the new technology can serve us better,” he said.

Shamsuddin said CTRM is slated to complete its sixth manufacturing facility worth RM125 million by end of this month, giving a combined floor space of 1.0 million sq ft to be used for the assembly of aircraft components for Airbus A320 and A350 shipsets.

CTRM is primarily involved in manufacturing aircraft components including wings, tailplane and fan cowl (engine cover), using composite materials.

Source: New Straits Times, 23 August 2018


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The Malaysia Aerospace Summit 2018 (MyAero ‘18) organized by Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) projects new milestone in promoting local aerospace capability in producing world class aerospace products to the global market. Held at MITI Tower for 2 consecutive days, 14th and 15th September, the event is a collaborative effort led by the National Aerospace Industry Coordinating Office (NAICO) with various agencies including the SME Corporation Malaysia (SME Corp. Malaysia), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) and Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC).

The program comprises 4 main agenda – industry forum, aerospace research seminar, aerospace exhibition and career talk. Guest VIP, YB Sivarasa Rasiah, Deputy Minister of Rural Development officiated the event. Also present was Darell Leiking, Minister of International Trade and Industry accompanied by Deputy Minister YB Dr Ong Kian Ming and Secretary General YBhg Datuk Isham Ishak. According to Darell, "Malaysia has a huge potential in the global aerospace business. Aerospace products are made in Malaysia are being supplied throughout the world and this has contributed to the growth of our aerospace export. He added, "to sustain our competitiveness, we have to focus on competency development and Industry 4.0 implementation that will lead us to produce high value added and complex aerospace products,".

More than 30 mostly home grown companies participated in the event, highlighted the progress of various respective aerospace ventures in Malaysia. Among them were National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI), UMW Aerospace, Malaysia Airport, Air Asia, Airbus Malaysia and CTRM itself. This is the second for CTRM after our participation in debut event in 2017.

The Industry Forum organized by MARA NAICO International Aerospace Symposium (MINAS’18) on the topic of ‘Aerospace Supply Chain & Standards – Challenge and Opportunities’, saw our CEO, Mr. Shamsuddin invited as one of the main speakers alongside Norazhar Musa, Senior Manager of T7 Kilgour Sdn Bhd, Jason M.Casebolt, Director of Quality, Aerospace Composite Malaysia Sdn. Bhd, and Hafeiz Hassan, Chief Operating Officer, STRAND Aerospace Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. Meanwhile Mr Zainul Arifin, Head of Production Engineering spoke at the Aerospace Research seminar on CTRM technology roadmap, and Che Zulhaimee Abdullah, Head of HCA on career in aerospace.

The dignitories made a brief stop at CTRM booth and was impressed with CTRM showcase of GE fan cowl and picture gallery of CTRM’s People, Products and Services.


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Double win for CTRM when two groups; The Captivators and The Machinist both won Gold award for their cost saving projects during the MPC Regional Team Excellence Convention Southern Region held in Johor Bahru recently. The two groups have successfully continued the legacy of CTRM’s ‘The Probe’ and ‘TQM Improvement’ who had also won gold award last year in this same convention.

The Captivators which comprises 5 members presented their project entitle ‘Fiber Breakout Scrap Cost Reduction for A350XWB IBF OBF FY 2017/2018’ managed to locked the cost savings amount of RM256,030.06 . Emphasizing on enhancing deburring method, reprogramming of NC cutting path and tool modification, the cost saving for this project has further reduced scrap panel by 50%. Concurrently, this increase the overall effectiveness efficiency for more than 80%.

On the other hand, The Machinist presented a project on improvements on tools and process for probing that escalate the OEE target. With the title ‘CNC# Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) Improvement through Reduction of Setup Time’ this group managed to do savings of RM 152,000.00. This project benefits CTRM in terms of reducing backlog, reducing machine time losses and on time delivery towards customers.

The two days event which was held at Holiday Villa, Johor Bahru was graced by Y.B. Dato’ Hj Azmi bin Rohani, State Secretary of Johor. Participated by 59 teams from 33 organizations in Malaysia, this event serve as the best platform to encourage project teams particularly in production to presents their improvements projects. The finalist were evaluated on the basis of; project selection and definition, analysis on improvement opportunities, creative and innovative preposition.

In different event held at EON Head Office Complex, the two teams turned up as finalist in the DRB-HICOM Innovative Creative Circle (ICC) / HMS Capability Development Programme (HCDP) along with Bold Riko, another new team. Held on 17 July, CTRM have sent the three teams to compete in three categories; Black Belt, Green Belt and ICC.

CTRM appeared to provide the best performance when Bold Riko emerged as the Champion in Black Belt category with the cost savings of RM 2, 477,855. Improvements were made on critical spare parts inventory monitoring system, manpower shift pattern rationalization and reduction of machine repair time which benefits towards reducing the labour overtime cost reduction. Meanwhile, The Captivators won 1st runner up and was nominated for best presentation in Green Belt category. The Machinist team managed to get consolation prize for the ICC category.

18 teams from 13 companies under DRB – HICOM participated in this competition. The award was given away by Dato’ Abdul Harith Abdullah, Chief Operating Officer of Automotive Distribution, Defence, Manufacturing & Engineering. May this victory propels CTRM further to take up future challenge. Congratulations to ‘The Captivators’, ‘The Machinist’ and ‘Bold Riko’ for the winnings. May the force be with you!


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Keeping up with the excellence practice in every aspects of working areas, CTRM again scored zero findings in the Measurement and Inspection audit that was held from 26 July to 28 July 2018. This audit focused on two selected areas which are CMM & Laser Tracker.

Auditing were assessed based on three scopes which involves the AC7130 Rev C - Nadcap Audit Criteria for Measurement & Inspection (M&I) Accreditation Program, AC7130/1 Rev A - Nadcap Audit Criteria for Measurement & Inspection (M&I) Accreditation Program - Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) and lastly the AC7130/2 - Nadcap Audit Criteria for Measurement & Inspection (M&I) Accreditation Program – Laser Tracker.

Going deep in this Measurement and Inspection (M & I) process, this is one of the practice in manufacturing to ensure that the products are meeting the specification. Any failure to accurately measure will lead to performance degradation, manufacturing and assembly problems. These will eventually increase the cost or lead-time, reducing life, servicing problems and parts failure which must be avoided.

The audit result have shown that the team has worked diligently in ensuring that the result is of the best outcome. The auditor, Ms. Agueda E. Gonzalez, from Performance Review Institute (PRI), Warrendale, Pennsylvania acknowledged the hard work from every one involved and according to her, “CTRM is very well prepared for this audit and the traceability as well as process control are very good too”. She added that CTRM possess good operator training and very confident inspectors. ‘’All personnel involved were professional and cooperative”.

It was indeed a very positive and encouraging comments. Credits to the team involved in this audit; Metrology Department and Quality Assurance supported by Program Quality, Supply Chain, Commercial, Engineering as well as Calibration. CTRM is by far on the right track and we hope to hear more good news after this. Congrats team!


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CTRM Testing Laboratory or CTRM TL is one of the three subsidiaries of CTRM Group and was incorporated in 2010. Originally a department in CTRM Aero Composites, the decision to transform it into business entity was made based on its strong market potential and to support its strategic initiative to enhance CTRM’s footings in the aerospace industry. The move was also planned to reduce CTRM AC’s dependency on outside vendors with the investment in various high-tech laboratory machineries and equipment.

CTRM TL is primarily involves in providing composite and aerospace testing services to the aerospace companies with major customer none other than its sister company, CTRM Aero Composites. Other customers include local Malaysian companies, and few from South East Asia and Middle East. The laboratory is accredited with ISO 17025 and the first in Asia to be accredited with Nadcap* AC7122 since 2010. In June 2017, Airbus has granted CTRM TL with ‘Airbus Independent Not Referent’ laboratory status followed by the approval from Airbus Defence & Space (ADS) in October 2017 as ‘Airbus Independent Laboratory’.

With a total of 18 certified and well-trained engineers, CTRM TL offers range of testing services in both products and materials which include Mechanical test, Physical test, Chemical test and Thermal test. All the services are being carried out at their Lab located within the CTRM facility in Batu Berendam, Melaka. In its diversification exercise, CTRM TL has expanded its services to cover the Construction industry and recently included Calibration in its services portfolio.

To further sustain its business and remain relevant in a very competitive market, CTRM TL is looking at establishing strategic technology partners in both testing and calibration technologies. The initiative is also targeting to broaden the market and go beyond South East Asia. In 2019, CTRM TL targets to become a fully certified Airbus Independent Laboratory by Airbus while adding Metallic testing and Failure Analysis testing capabilities in its current portfolio covering various fields including aerospace, construction, energy, oil and gas, automotive and locomotive with DRB HICOM member companies as primary target market.


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Adding feather to its back, CTRM marked another national achievements by winning 2 awards during the recently held 4th Edition of Malaysia Best Employer Brand Awards 2018. The two awards, Employer Brand Award 2018 and Malaysia’s Most Talented HR Leaders were received by En. Roslan Roskan COO CTRM Aero Composites who represented CTRM CEO Mr Shamsuddin Mohamed Yusof, meanwhile En Che Zulhaimee Abdullah, Head of Human Capital & Administration received the Malaysia’s Most Talented HR Leaders award.

The Malaysia Best Employer Brand Awards features top organizations from Malaysia who are exemplary in Human Resource and used marketing communications effectively for Human Resources Development. The award seek to recognise organisations with outstanding achievements in translating and combining vision with action and HR Strategy, building line to mesh HR Strategy with Business and cultivating competencies for the future to enable building the organization to be future-ready.

Malaysia Best Employer Brand Awards are hosted by Employer Branding Institute; World HRD Congress & Stars of the Industry Group and endorsed by Asian Confederation of Businesses.


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Jabatan Kesihatan, Keselamatan & Persekitaran (HSE) dengan kerjasama Jabatan Pengurusan Sumber Manusia, Hicom Management System (HMS) dan Jabatan Komunikasi Korporat (CCD) buat julungkalinya menzahirkan komitmen kecintaan terhadap alam sekitar dengan menganjurkan kempen CTRM Go Green bermula dari 2 April sehingga 13 April 2018.

Kempen yang berlangsung selama 2 minggu ini bertujuan untuk meningkatkan kesedaran wargakerja CTRM akan kepentingan pemeliharaan alam sekitar terutamanya di tempat kerja disamping membudayakan aktiviti melestarikan alam sekitar.

Menurut Ketua Jabatan HSE, kempen ini merupakan satu pendekatan positif yang cuba dilakukan oleh CTRM untuk mengenengahkan konsep Go Green di dalam kilang malah inisiatif ini sekaligus menunjukkan komitmen CTRM terhadap Bahagian IV Akta Kualiti Alam Sekeliling 19741 . Tambah beliau lagi, “kempen ini memberi imej positif kepada CTRM sebagai salah sebuah syarikat aeroangkasa bertaraf antarabangsa yang mengutamakan konservasi alam sekitar”.

Sinonim dengan itu, pelbagai aktiviti telah dianjurkan antaranya adalah taklimat dan pameran alam sekitar, program kantin hijau, kempen 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) dan gotong-royong (Go Green Hour). Melalui program kantin hijau, semua warga kerja yang membeli makanan di kantin perlu membawa bekas makanan sendiri. Pihak kantin tidak menyediakan sebarang polisterina atau plastik. Menariknya, mereka yang terawal membeli makanan akan menerima bekas makanan percuma yang disediakan oleh pihak penganjur.

Selain itu, sebagai inisiatif untuk menggalakkan para pekerja menggunakan barangan terpakai di tempat kerja masing-masing, pihak HSE turut menganjurkan pertandingan rekacipta dan inovasi. Para peserta perlu menggunakan barangan terbuang dan kitar semula yang boleh digunakan di tempat kerja atau sewaktu proses kerja. Penyertaan yang menggalakkan dalam kalangan warga kerja menunjukkan komitmen staf terhadap kempen ini adalah pada kadar terbaik.

Dinamiknya, CTRM bukan sahaja komited untuk menjadi sebuah syarikat pembuatan komposit kapal terbang terkenal bertaraf antarabangsa, tetapi turut juga menekankan aspek pemeliharaan alam sekitar dalam menjalankan operasi syarikat.

1 Bahagian IV Akta Kualiti Alam Sekeliling 1974 – Larangan dan kawalan mengenai pencemaran.


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The Malaysian Productivity Corporation (MPC) recently honored some of the companies who demonstrate high productivity using local talents. The objective was to strengthen the awareness on the importance of productivity improvement for higher economic growth and to recognize high productivity performance companies with world class management practices. It is also to encourage companies to reduce dependency on the low-skilled foreign workers.

Held at MITI Ballroom, Menara MITI, Composites Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) emerged as a Gold achiever for Local Large Companies category for the year of 2017. CTRM was among six other local companies nominated for the award. Another two categories being contested for manufacturing sector was multi-national companies and small medium enterprise.

The criteria of assessment comprises 50% for qualitative measures on strategy, people, operation and customer while another 50% was based on quantitative measures with indicators on labor productivity, capital productivity, capital intensity and process efficiency. Two more indicators were labor cost competitiveness and profitability.

The award was given away by the Honorable Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade & Industry. Mr. Che Zulhaimee Abdullah, Head of Human Capital & Administration CTRM represented En Shamsuddin Mohamed Yusof CTRM CEO to receive the award.

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