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BATU KAWAN: It is a monumental day for the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) today (May 3) for the “soon-to-be completed” IKEA store here gained the highest IBS score recorded to date.


For the record, IKEA Penang gained an outstanding Industrialised Building System (IBS) score of 92.3 out of 100.


The IBS rating is part of CIDB Malaysia’s effort to recognise developments that showcase the adoption of modern construction methods.


The drive towards IBS adoption is in line with the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP) 2016 – 2020, which seeks to more than double the construction industry’s productivity levels in Malaysia.


Ikea Malaysia was given a certificate of recognition during a CIDB working visit to the store today. The high score was presented to its main design and build contractor, Kajima (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd by Chief Executive of CIDB Dato’ Ir Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid.


Kajima also received a 5 Star Safety and Health Assessment System in Construction (SHASSIC) rating for it s safety and health performance during construction works.


Representing Kajima to receive the awards was Project Director Eiichi Suzuki, accompanied by Ikea’s Senior Construction Project Manager Agung Wibowo.


“Adopting IBS will bring benefits that include accelerated construction timeline, higher quality of construction, safer working environment on-site, as well as cost savings with repeated use of standardised IBS components.


“By accelerating the industry’s adoption of new technologies, modern practices and mechanisation, we are confident that we will be able to achieve the construction sector’s productivity goals as outlined in the CITP,” said Dato’ Ir Ahmad ‘Asri during the working visit.


“This achievement by IKEA Penang is a significant one. It clearly demonstrates the private sector’s commitment and success in adopting the latest technologies in construction.


“Importantly, it will serve as a prime example for more private industry players to step forward in adopting IBS, and to take the lead in increasing construction productivity,” he added.


On achieving the highest IBS score and 5 star SHASSIC rating, IKEA Southeast Asia Project Director Gary Spence said he was honoured to be part of the team that’s bestowed an award of high standard and reflected the commitment of the whole team.


“The three most important thing to us on site is safety, safety and safety. It is our motto. With that, we get quality, commitment and productivity.


The IKEA Penang project’s IBS score was checked and verified by CIDB MyIBS Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of CIDB.


CIDB MyIBS had also collected data from the IKEA Penang project as a case study in successful IBS implementation to enrich its current database of IBS projects.


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[May 3, 2018]




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