Malaysia Industry Articles & Analysis

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The government of Malaysia recently agreed to allow an Australian company to build a new rare earths processing plant in the country – the first such plant to be constructed outside of China in decades.
Record-breaking sales in 2010 have seen Malaysia’s automotive industry racing along in recent times. Moderation in demand and government policies, however, may see growth shift down a gear in 2011.
Malaysia’s growing foreign trade is putting a strain on main ports, with delays in cargo handling being reported despite an increasing in throughput volume. This has prompted shipping firms and freight forwarders to call for greater investment in infrastructure.

With troubled weather patterns at home squeezing supply while demand from overseas grows, Malaysian rubber can command high prices on international markets these days.

Malaysia’s maritime freight trade could be in for a major shakeup, with the government launching a comprehensive study of shipping laws which bar foreign firms from domestic lines.