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The Chapter organized another factory visit on 17th July 2010 Saturday, Tomher Industrial Sdn Bhd located at mile 6½, Tuaran Lama Road Telipok. It was attended by 26 participants including 9 architects.

Upon greeted by welcoming staff, the product talk began with our Vice Chairman, Dr.Tan Jun Kwang introducing the Managing Director Mr. Ethan Tan who presented the talk. The topic for our visit is – GREEN Plastic, you can make the change!

Mr. Ethan Tan encouraged architects to implement sustainable design & material to fulfill the Green Building Index (GBI). He spoke on plastic application as a sustainable material exploiting its advantages further by converting into environmental friendly products & systems.

There are many products being made including HDPE spiral pipe, PE water tanks, PE septic tanks, etc. in the two factories located within walking distances. Tomher Industrial Sdn Bhd introduced another product recently for palm oil estate – HDPE Gravity Conveyor. This being an ideal solution for transporting harvested fresh fruit bunched (FFB) in hilly terrains. This award winning product makes harvesting possible in all weather conditions.

The factory tour began at the HDPE pipe producing section. We were introduced to the raw material that comes from Saudi Arabia in pallet from of polystyrene. Once mix and dyed, it is put to high temperature for melting purposes and later cooled down when going through an automated mechanism process that controlled the sizes of the pipe being produced. This include spiral HDPE pipe (with cement lining) that was so commonly used for sewerage pipe in KK district. Various different sizes and thickness of pipe can be produced and rolled into batches for delivery.

At the entrance to this factory is their signature display of SMARTER rainwater harvesting solution attached to a large 3M tall water tank. The smart system for harvesting contains a gadget with several innovative designs that allows easy usage with effective first flush diverter. It features self cleaning channel, leaf catcher, overflowing channel and a completely detachable lid. The gadget is easy to install and can save up to 50% water consumption.

At another factory within the same vicinity is where the blue coloured water tanks of various capacities are made. Directly fed into metal mould of the desired capacity where the raw material is heated to nearly 200ºC. The mould rotates to give the circular tank an even layer of thickness. After approximately 20 minutes, each mould is cooled by watering to lower the temperature for pulling the contracted tank out of the metal mould by hand. This process is repeated for another water tank.

All products coming out from the two factories are tested to ensure quality assurance to the standard prescribed by SIRIM Malaysia.

Mr. Ethan Tan informed that they also made PE septic tank and has been actively in discussion with local authorities to undertake retrofit works to existing non-functioning sewerage treatment plant. They are able to come-up with solutions to suit the different types of treatment plant design in order to bring about normal functionality.

The factory visit ended by 2pm with a group photograph taken.

Reported by:
Ar. Yong Ming Cheong

The PAM Fellowship Golf 2010 has been held successfully on 23rd June at the Sabah Golf and Country Club. It was attended by 6 architects and 20 invitees.

Despite the rain which has been pouring practically every afternoon for the past two weeks or so, the weather was fine for the day and buggies were allowed into the course.

The Organising Chairman, Ar. Victor Wong took a new role as the camera man for the event, going round the course with his Canon and 100 to 400 mm telephoto lens, in search of the perfect swing. He was disappointed to find that the majority of the golfers were having swings like that of John Dally! A slide show was later presented before the prize presentation lunch.

The occasion saw the returning to golf of Mr. Philip Chin, who was working in Macau for a few years while another invitee golfer, Ir. Patrick Lau returned to join the fellowship golf after “disappearing” from the scene for quite a few years also!

Ar. Ho Jia Lit, the Chapter Chairman was present at lunch to grace the occasion and he later presented the prizes to all the winners in the invitees section.

The occasion also celebrated the successful election of Mr. Ng Loong Fah as the Captain of the Sabah Golf and Country Club in its AGM recently.  In return, Mr. Ng Loong Fah has kindly sponsored the lunch.

The Bull Eye was won by a lucky sole winner, Ir. Jimmy Liew and the prize money was presented by the Organzing Chairman, Ar. Victor Wong.

Mr. Ng Loong Fah presented the prizes to the winners in the Architect’s Section, Ar. Wong Hon Lin, Ar. David Kwan and Ar. Chin Yin Tet who won the first, second and third positions respectively.

The Chapter Chairman, Ar. Ho Jia Lit was at the prize presentation lunch to grace the occasion

Nippon Paint and the Sabah contigent

The Chapter Committee was honored to be invited to attend the Nippon Paint Gala Night 2010 on 14th May 2010 at the Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. We joined many others from different parts of Malaysia converging into the convention centre for a special and memorable night hosted by Nippon Paint at the national level.

Led by the Chapter Chairman, the Committee witnessed the launch of the Total Green Solution by Nippon Paint where they introduced the Odour-less Air-Care product to the audience comprising of members from the building fraternity, traders, suppliers, industry partners, etc. The Chief Executive Officer proudly announced that this new product is the result of advance paint technology after intensive research. He believes Nippon Paint has the right product to meet the increasingly challenging global awareness towards green sustainability.

The Odour-less Air-care range of paint product has near Zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) as it is able to absorb formaldehyde and refreshes the air. It has anti-bacterial with superior wash ability characteristics. It is scrub resistance and produced an eggshell like finish for interior wall.

Nippon Paint Gala Night 2010

Nippon Paint has also pledged to contribute to the environment and capture the essence of Green Building Index by emphasizing on their Total Green Solution approach on paint choices and principals during the launch. Each guest at the Gala Night was given a port of plant to do our own small part to plant more trees to green our environment further.

For and on behalf of Chapter members, we would like to thank to Nippon Paint (Sabah) Sdn Bhd for bringing the Chapter Committee over and share a special launch with us. It has been a delightful night. One of us were joyful to win a 32 inch LCD television set during the lucky draw towards the end of the evening.

We wish Nippon Paint every success in their pursuit of Green ideology for the benefit of the environment and the inhabitants.

Congratulations to Nippon Paint once again.


Write-up by : Ar. Yong Ming Cheong
Picture by   : Ar. Victor Wong

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