FRANKFURT, June 16 (Bernama) -- Malaysia featured prominently at the five-day World Exhibition Congress on Chemical Engineering, Environmental Protection and Biotechnology 2015 (ACHEMA 2015) which began here yesterday.
Four Malaysian companies, namely Easy Pack Export Asia Sdn Bhd, Eratech Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, Petronas and PLT Scientific Sdn Bhd are showcasing their products/services at the event.
The highlight of Malaysia's participation was the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation on the opening day between the Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (DECHEMA) and the German-Malaysian Society (DtMG).
DECHEMA is the organising industry association and the DtMG, a Bonn-based association that promotes communication and cultural understanding between Malaysia, ASEAN, Germany and the European Union in among others, business, politics and education.
Dato' Achim Georg Deja, the DtMG chairman, co-signed the MoU with DECHEMA,
Adina Kamarudin, Malaysia's Consul-General in Frankfurt, highlighted some salient features of Malaysia's industry and investment opportunities at the signing.
The Frankfurt-based director of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) S. Sivasuriyamoorthy, said the agency maintained close contacts with DECHEMA.
"Mida and DECHEMA will cooperate to organise a Webinar on June 16 in Kuala Lumpur. It will be open to about 5,000 members of the DECHEMA and Mida will use the event to highlight investment opportunities in Malaysia for German companies, including in the field of life sciences and biotechnology," he added.
This will be the first of a series of webinars to be held, with the next scheduled for September and focused on the legal and intercultural aspects of setting up a company in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Adina said Malaysia had recognised early on, the importance of the bio-economy and taken steps to coordinate and intensify national efforts.
"In fact, we are the first country in Southeast Asia to launch a Bioeconomy Initiative through the implementation of the Bioeconomy Transformation Programme (BTP)," she added.
She said Malaysia had huge growth potential for investments by virtue of strong government support and dedicated bioeconomy programmes, a conducive ecosystem and cluster development.
This, she added, is alongside access to research and development facilities, availability of industry partners as collaborators as well as an educated workforce.
Adina recalled that in February at a pre-ACHEMA in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Biotechnology Corp (BioTechCorp) had signed a MoU with DECHEMA.
"The MoU was for technology development and innovations in the chemicals sector in collaboration with DECHEMA. This is in line with BioTechCorp's continuous efforts to establish stronger international cooperation in the bioeconomy sector," she said.
She lauded the important role DECHEMA had played from its inception as a non-profit organisation with over 5,000 chemists, biotechnologists and engineers as members, alongside other organisations and companies.
The ACHEMA 2015 has attracted 4,000 suppliers and research institutions from 60 countries specialising in chemical engineering, environmental protection, bio-pharmaceutical fluid and material technology, process automation and packaging techniques.