Sarawak Cable is playing a key role in helping Malaysia build a world-class power-transmission network. The company, which incorporates long-time player Universal Cable Sarawak, operates two manufacturing lines to produce overhead aluminum bare conductors for up to 500 KV. Sarawak Cable also acquired Sarwaja Timur, a manufacturer of transmission towers. Rounding out its diverse offerings, Sarawak Cable has its own construction company that sets up transmission towers and lines. Aaron Toh Chee Ching, CEO explains, “Sarawak Cable is very competitive and will remain so because we do everything in-house.”
Mr. Aaron Toh Chee Ching foresees exceptional growth for his company. He says, “Transmission lines are a hot topic in Sarawak today. The Sarawak government is implementing a plan to put up a backbone line from Bintulu all the way up to Kuching to transport electricity seamlessly from Bintulu-area power stations. The central region and the SCORE zone will become a power-generation hub.” Sarawak is capitalizing on its enormous potential to supply hydropower-based energy to major industrial operations, and Sarawak Cable is crucial to this effort’s success.
Focus on Sarawak and Sabah
Since West Malaysia’s power infrastructure is almost complete, Sarawak Cable is focusing on Sarawak and Sabah. “Both markets are still far behind in power infrastructure so we are targeting them as key growth areas for our company. All the new dams being built in Sarawak will need transmission lines to link them to the backbone line, and that is a huge opportunity for us,” Mr. Aaron Toh Chee Ching says.
To support its planned growth, Sarawak Cable is building a new manufacturing facility that adheres to world-class standards. Mr. Aaron Toh Chee Ching explains, “We are much more than a cable manufacturer. We see great potential in building substations, and we are looking for international partners for this venture. We have a lot of new projects we will roll out in 2013.”