CRIE visits EUROCHAM Malaysia to discuss collaboration opportunities

UTAR Centre for Railway Infrastructure and Engineering (CRIE) embarked on a notable visit to EUROCHAM Malaysia (European Chamber of Commerce Malaysia), located at Menara The Stride, Bukit Bintang City Centre, Kuala Lumpur on 3 August 2023. During the meeting, key stakeholders got together to share knowledge and discuss possible collaborations to help Malaysia achieve carbon-neutral growth.

Led by CRIE Chairperson Assoc Prof Ir Dr Chua Kein Huat, the team from UTAR was comprised of Belt and Road Strategic Research Centre Chairperson Prof Cheng Ming Yu, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Deputy Dean for R&D and Postgraduate Programmes Assoc Prof Ir Dr Ling Lloyd, LKC FES academic and CRIE Secretary Dr Ong Chuan Fang, LKC FES academic Dr Lee Yong Hong and UTAR PhD student Mr Hoo Dick Sang. They were also accompanied by EUROCHAM Malaysia Deputy Head Mr Andrew Chong, who is also the director of REHAU German Railway System (Asia) and CRIE’s industrial research advisor.

Mr Sven Schneider, CEO of EUROCHAM Malaysia and his team played the role of host during the visit.

During the meeting, both UTAR and EUROCHAM Malaysia voiced their shared interest in jointly organising an international forum and the EUROCHAM Sustainability Awards. This significant event is slated to be held towards the close of 2023 at a distinguished hotel. The forum’s agenda will encompass pivotal subjects such as carbon taxation, the EU Green Deal, global trends in achieving carbon neutrality, and more. Eminent experts of international stature will grace the event with enlightening keynote addresses, along with engaging panel sessions featuring industry leaders, policymakers, and researchers in relevant domains. An evening gala dinner will add a touch of celebration to the forum, specifically dedicated to honouring the EUROCHAM Sustainability Awards. This annual recognition aims to spotlight and commend exemplary sustainability practices across diverse industries.

As the visit concluded, both parties resoundingly affirmed their dedication to the planning and execution of the upcoming forum and EUROCHAM Sustainability Awards. Both parties have expressed their excitement for the event and the positive impact it could have on addressing the targeted issues.

Fourth from left: Dr Ong, Prof Cheng, Dr Chua, Mr Schneider, Dr Ling, Mr Andrew Chong, Dr Lee and other members

During the meeting


EUROCHAM Malaysia strives to serve as the unified voice representing the European Union business community in Malaysia. Additionally, its goal encompasses facilitating trade and investment links between Europe and Malaysia. Boasting an extensive network of over 1,600 companies, EUROCHAM Malaysia provides a substantial platform for delving into the Malaysian market and exploring the varied economies of Europe. This, in turn, fosters collaborative opportunities that mutually benefit trade and investment endeavours.

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