YTL Cement has announced an RM1 million research grant to the Construction Research Institute of Malaysia, a subsidiary of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia to assist the industry transition to sustainable construction.
CREAM and YTL Cement signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in developing the construction industry’s workforce, research, and innovation, as well as enhance the understanding and adoption of sustainable construction practices among industry players. The MoU marked the beginning of meaningful collaboration between industry players to achieve construction excellence with a collective effort to increase sustainability-focused research and development initiatives.
Dato’ Sri Michael Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Cement and co-chair of the MoU Steering Committee said, “As a company that has been assisting with the development of Malaysia for over 70 years, we know the importance of investing in our nation’s progress while simultaneously addressing our construction needs in a sustainable manner. The RM1 million research grant reflects our steadfast dedication to supporting CREAM’s efforts in promoting industry growth with well-trained personnel, championing research and development, and advancing sustainable construction practices.”
The RM1 million research grant will be channelled to kickstart three main initiatives, mainly for Construction Personnel Development. CREAM and YTL Cement will jointly design training and accreditation programmes for youths to be certified as concrete technicians and batchers. It is hoped that this will assist in attracting, retaining, and growing skilled workers in the construction industry
The Research & Development (R&D) where CREAM will work together with YTL Cement’s team of experts to conduct R&D on lower embodied carbon alternatives in materials and construction methods and Support the Construction Sector’s Transition to Sustainable Construction where CREAM and YTL Cement are collaborating to facilitate the adoption of sustainable construction practices in Malaysia.