In conjunction with the 13th edition of the Global Rubber Conference (GRC2017) held at, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 12th – 14th, 2017, the Henry Wickham Award was presented to three rubber personalities that have contributed significantly to the rubber industry in Malaysia.
The Technology Innovation segment was awarded to YBhg Dato’ Dr. Kamarudin Ab Malek, Chief Executive Officer, Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC) for his research on the usage of natural rubber in the seismic rubber bearings for earthquake protection of structures. Meanwhile, the Technology Commercialisation segment was awarded to YBhg Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai, Executive Chairman and Founder, Top Glove Sdn Bhd for being a visionary entrepreneur and a global icon in the innovation and commercialization of natural rubber application in the glove sector, whilst Mr Or Tan Teng, Managing Director, Doshin Rubber Products was awarded the Technology Commercialisation segment. Mr Or was instrumental in the development and commercialization of natural rubber in the seismic bearings for protection of infrastructures against earthquakes.
GRC 2017 was organised by Confexhub with the theme ‘Disruptive Technologies and New Business Models: Keystones to New Rubber Mega Trend’. The event was officiated by YB Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur, Deputy Minister from the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities accompanied by YBhg Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz SA Kadir, Chairman of Confexhub, YBrs Puan Zurinah Pawanteh and Dr Zairossani Mohd Nor.