On Track to Malaysia
GATES PCM Construction Ltd has taken its first step in breaking into the regional market, by tying up with COLAS RAIL ASIA for a project on the Kelana Jaya Line in Kuala Lumpur (KU, Malaysia.
The project, which began late, last year, involves GATES PCM Construction Ltd welding rails (LWR) for the Kelana Jeya Extension Line. The project serves as the company’s first foray into a large regional market like Malaysia and is a significant first step in the regional expansion of the company. The project also presents the local railway company an opportunity to work with yet another international railway giant, COLAS RAIL ASIA: Asian branch of Europe’s leading railway infrastructure providers, COLAS RAIL. Chief Executive Officer of GATES PCM Construction Ltd, Mr Krishna said: “For many years now, we have stuck to our niche market: tracks works. The company obtaining this project is a result of our hard work, focus and perseverance in this niche area.”
In the lead up to this project, GATES PCM Construction Ltd became the first local railway company to invest over USS1 million on machinery such as the Flash Butt Welding machine. While the traditional Thermite Welding Process allowed for six men to produce six welds daily, the modern Flash Butt Welding Machine allows for a group of 10 men to produce over 40 welds per day. This has enhanced the company’s productivity exponentially.
Beyond these benefits, the project also opens new regional doors for the company. Chief Operating Officer of GATES PCM Construction Ltd, Mr Thanaraj said: “As regional markets open up to foreign investment, improve infrastructure and create more links to the city area, the demand for enhanced railway systems will cause a railway boom. This provides us an opportunity to expand and this first project is an important step in that direction.”
GATES PCM Construction Ltd is currently participating in tenders for maintenance and new-build projects from Malaysia Train Operator, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB). Plans are in the pipeline to enter the Thailand market as well. And through these efforts, it hopes to continually enlarge its presence regionally.
List of recent projects for GATES PCM Construction Ltd:
- Timber Sleeper Replacement at SMRT N-S, E-W tracks – Ongoing
- 400 Rail Replacement Project under SMRT- Ongoing
- Replacement of 3rd Rail Support Bracket for SBST Trains Ltd – Ongoing
- Fabrication, Installation And Testing of Rail Lifting Jacks for Hitachi – Completed Jan 2014
- Logistics Supply for Train Wash Plant Equipment’s for Cyclosystem – Completed Jan 2014