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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 (Bernama) -- IJM Corporation Bhd (IJM) has recently entered into a strategic partnership with China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) for the development of Malaysia-China Kuantan International Logistics Park (MCKILP), an integrated mixed development and logistic hub in Kuantan.
Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP) chairman, who is also IJM deputy chief executive officer and deputy managing director, Lee Chun Fai said the partnership marked IJM’s first foray into the industrial and logistics market to meet the growing logistics demands in the east coast region.
“I am excited for the opportunities that MCKILP will bring to the East Coast Economic Region (ECER). Its development is extremely timely and will provide critical infrastructure that will enhance the region’s logistics and supply-chain capabilities,” he said in a statement today.
He said together with MCKIP 1 and 2, IJM envisioned MCKILP’s complement to the industrial ecosystem, catalysing more investments in the region in the future.
According to IJM, MCKILP would be developed on a proposed 258.99-hectare site in MCKIP 3 and would comprise light and medium industrial, logistics and warehousing as well as residential and commercial components.
It said the new development would turn MCKIP 3 into a premier industrial and logistics hub in the ECER.
“MCKILP is set to attract downstream industries in logistics, automobile, marine engineering, advanced steel materials, palm oil processing, petrochemical and e-commerce that could become value chain suppliers to surrounding industrial parks such as MCKIP 1 and 2, Gebeng Industrial Estate and Pekan Automotive Park.
“In terms of growth, Kuantan Port, MCKIP and now, MCKILP go hand in hand. MCKILP serves as the missing link that would boost the trade distribution network and functions as an intermodal connecting point with Kuantan Port, the national highways, airport and ECRL,” it said.
It said MCKILP would be strategically located less than 10 kilometres from the ECRL’s Kuantan Port station and is 1.7 kilometre from Kuantan Port and 25 kilometres from Kuantan town.
IJM said the enhanced connectivity of the ECRL provided a viable land route alternative to the traditional and overcrowded shipping routes between the South China Sea and Melaka Straits, positioning Kuantan Port as a major regional shipping hub.
Lee said MCKIP, MCKILP and ECRL are expected to contribute positively to IJM-owned Kuantan Port’s bulk cargo and container throughput.
“Collectively, these ambitious projects represent one of the most significant integrated industrial, transport and logistics hub that the east coast region has seen in recent years,” he added.
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