19D, 19 th Floor, Tower 1 Menara PGRM, No.8, Jalan Pudu Ulu, Cheras
56100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603 9287 2152 / 9287 2618
Fax: +603 9281 1985 / 9281 3879
The Malaysian Panel-Products Manufactures' Association (MPMA)
Although the history of the plywood industry could be traced as far back as 1940, it was not until the mid-sixties that the need arose for setting up an organisation to represent the interests of the industry as a whole. The Malaysian Plywood Manufacturers' Association was established on 5th August 1965. Unlike most other associations and societies, MPMA was registered under the Companies Ordinances (1940-46) as a Company Limited by Guarantee and is governed by the Companies Act (1965).
When MPMA was initially formed, it included members from Singapore as well. In fact the founder Members consisted of four representatives from Malaysia and three from Singapore. MPMA was described as a Malaysian association although it had membership from Singapore mills. On 15th January 1966, the name was changed to "The Malaysian and Singapore Plywood Manufacturers' Association". However on 23rd September 1967, the association got back her initial name due to Singapore's separation from the Federation of Malaysia.
With the approval of the Registrar of Companies, the association experienced another name changed on 15th April 1991 from "The Malaysian Plywood Manufacturers' Association" to "The Malaysian Panel-Products Manufacturers' Association". The members felt that the change was appropriate as the plywood trade was closely inter-linked with those of other panel products. With the change, MPMA would be able to represent the interests of the plywood and panel products holistically.
The prime objective for which MPMA was first formed was the promotion of the manufacture and use of plywood in the country as well as abroad. This basic aim has not altered over the years. There is still a need for collective efforts in encouraging the wider usage of plywood, veneer and related products amongst consumers in Malaysia and those in the various overseas markets.
The second important objective is to provide a common platform for the plywood and panel products manufacturers to get together to discuss common problems and to seek mutually beneficial solutions. In other words, the objective is towards closer co-operation amongst the mills.
The other objectives of MPMA include the following :-
- to promote the export of plywood and panel products
- to set standards of quality for adoption by panel products manufacturers
- to promote efficiency and improve the standard of manufacturing in the industry
- to collect and obtain statistics and other information relating to plywood and panel products manufacture
- to work closely with the Government Departments particularly the Forestry Department, the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia and the Malaysian Timber Industry Board
- to establish close rapport and to co-operate closely with the Government and private sector organisation in pursuit of National Policies in relation to wood-based industries
From a small beginning of only 7 members in 1965, MPMA now grown to 96 members, 55 in Peninsular Malaysia, 26 in Sabah and 15 in Sarawak. In 1973, MPMA for the first time opened its doors to companies engaged in activities "related" to the plywood industry as Associate Members bringing the number to 33 Associate Members. The Associate Members found it useful of being part of the family as it gave them direct exposure to the industry. In addition, they are regularly kept informed of any developments in the various markets, both domestically and internationally.