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How long has EPMB been in business?  
What is an affiliate company, and how is EPMB linked to them?  
What Quality Management Systems are already in place at EPMB's subsidiaries and affiliated companies?  
What range of capabilities does EPMB have?  
What technical partnerships are EPMB currently participating in?  
What facilities does EPMB have in-house?  
How many plants does EPMB currently have and where are they located?  
What is EPMB's current plant capacity?  
How much investment has EPMB ploughed into its facilities?  
Who are EPMB's major customers?  
What are some of the products manufactured by EPMB?  
Who runs EPMB?  
How many staff does EPMB employ?  
What kind of training and development activities do EPMB staff undertake?  
How has EPMB been performing financially?  
How can I find out when EPMB's next Annual General Meeting will be?  
How can I find out what's happening with EPMB in the corporate world?  
How can I decide if EPMB is the right company for me to invest in?  
 
   
How long has EPMB been in business?
 
   
EPMB as a group was incorporated in 1996, but the business has been around since 1982, starting out first as a plastics manufacturer before gradually becoming involved in the automotive components industry.
 
   
  Go to Company History for more information on how far EPMB has come since 1982.
 
   
 
   
 
   
What is an affiliate company, and how is EPMB linked to them?
 
   
 
An affiliate company is a company that has a common majority shareholder. Companies affiliated to EPMB through common shareholding include KB Teknik Sdn Bhd, Pesaka Nuri (M) Sdn Bhd and EP Properties (M) Sdn Bhd. These companies form part of EPMB integrated manufacturing module, where all stages of the manufacturing process are managed within the same group of companies to achieve lower cost and maintain similar standards of quality.
 
   
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
   
 
What Quality Management Systems are already in place at EPMB’s subsidiaries and affiliated companies?
 
   
 
PEPS-JV, EPMB's 79.5%-owned subsidiary has ISO/TS 16949:2002 certification issued by the UK-based Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). EP Polymers, EPMB's 100%-owned subsidiary has ISO 9001:2000 certification, also issued by the VCA. EP Polymers' efforts to attain ISO/TS 16949 certification are in progress.
 
   
 
  Click this link Awards & Certifications for more information about the QMS certifications of EPMB's subsidiaries and affiliate companies.
 
   
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
   
 
What range of capabilities does EPMB have?
 
   
 
EPMB has a wide range of capabilities that cover design to mass-production.
Our subsidiaries and affiliate companies are capable of managing all the stages of product development, assisted by a range of design facilities that include AutoCAD, Catia, CAM and CAE, a range of production and assembly facilities that include state-of-the-art blanking, stamping, welding and painting machines, as well as a wide range of testing facilities.
 
   
  Go to List of Products for more information about EPMB's range of products that demonstrate our capabilities.
   
  Go to Facilities for more information about EPMB's state-of-the-art facilities.
   
 
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What technical partnerships are EPMB currently participating in?
 
   
 
EPMB currently has two ongoing technical partnerships. One is is a Technical Collaboration Agreement with Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd, signed in 2003 for the manufacture and supply of brake parts to Proton and other carmakers. The other is a Technical License Agreement with Koito Manufacturing Co. Ltd of Japan, signed in 1994 for the design and manufacture of automotive lighting equipment.
 
   
 
  Go to Strategic Partners for more information about these partnerships and their agreements.
 
   
 
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What facilities does EPMB have in-house?
 
   
 
EPMB's in-house facilities for automotive metal products currently include a blanking line, three stamping tandem lines, three welding assembly lines, a black electro-deposition (ED) painting line and three modular assembly lines.
 
   
 
 
EPMB's in-house facilities for composite and automotive plastic products currently include injection moulding machines with varying tonnages (up to 3000T), robotic and manual spray painting lines as well as lamp and bumper module assembly lines.
 
   
 
 
EPMB also has in-house testing facilities covering a wide range of requirements, from dimensional testing to photometric testing. EPMB also designs and fabricates its own moulds and tools through its subsidiary EP Moulds & Dies (M) Sdn Bhd.
 
   
 
 
Design and development is also conducted in-house using Catia, AutoCAD, CAM and CAE.
Please take note that EPMB is continually investing on facilities, so this list is not exhaustive.
 
   
 
  Go to Facilities for more information on EPMB's facilities and the investments we have made to expand them.
 
   
 
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How many plants does EPMB currently have and where are they located?
 
   
 
EPMB currently has three plants, all located in the state of Selangor. EPMB's metal products are manufactured mainly on our 23-acre site in Batang Kali, while our 3.4 acre site in Hicom-Glenmarie Industrial Park , Shah Alam mainly undertakes the production of composite and plastic products. Our plant in Seksyen 16, Shah Alam is the base for our mould and die-making operations.
 
   
 
  Go to Site for more information about EPMB's plants and their locations.
 
   
 
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What is EPMB’s current plant capacity?
 
   
 
EPMB's plants are currently running at 60-75% capacity. This means we are still able to to take on new projects in the near term.
 
   
 
  Go to Facilities for more information on EPMB's plants and their available capacity.
 
   
 
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How much investment has EPMB ploughed into its facilities?
 
   
 
To date, EPMB has spent some RM323million on expanding our operations to ensure the long-term sustainability of our business, to keep ourselves cost-competitive and cutting-edge, and to enable us to significantly expand our market beyond the domestic front. These investments include the installation of state-of-the-art facilities for product development, production and testing.
 
   
 
  Go to Facilities for a look at how these funds were spent.
 
   
 
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Who are EPMB’s major customers?

 
   
 
EPMB's major customers currently include Malaysia's two national carmakers Proton and Perodua, the world's largest carmaker by sales Toyota, and the world's third largest by sales Honda. EPMB also manufactures parts for Suzuki, Yamaha and Malaysia's national motorcycle maker Modenas.
 
   
 
  Go to Track Record for more information about EPMB's major customers and what they have to say about us.
 
   
 
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What are some of the products manufactured by EPMB?
 
   
 
EPMB manufactures a wide range of metal and plastic automotive components, for the exterior and interior fittings of a vehicle as well as for its body and chassis.
 
   
 
 
Our specializations include the manufacture and assembly of modular parts, including corner modules (braking systems in association with Bosch) and fuel tank modules. We also specialize in automotive lighting equipment for various makes and models of vehicles. Our composite division manufactures high-end carbon-fibre monocoque bicycles.
 
   
 
  Go to Key Product Journal for sample 3D models of EPMB's key products.
 
   
 
  Go to List of Products for an extensive list of EPMB's products and specifications.
 
   
 
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Who runs EPMB?
 
   
 
EPMB is run at holding company level by a Board of Directors consisting an Executive Chairman, two Independent Non-Executive Directors, one Non-Executive Director and one Non-Independent Non-Executive Director.
 
   
 
  At operational and management level, EPMB is run by its Executive Chairman, a team of Executive Directors and an experienced Senior Management staff.
 
   
 
  Go to Board of Directors for more information on the Directors who sit on EPMB's board.
 
   
 
  Go to Executive Directors for more information on the team that runs EPMB's business and operations.
 
   
  Go to Senior Management for more information on our team of Senior Managers.
 
   
 
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How many staff does EPMB employ?
 
   
 
EPMB currently employs about 1,800 staff, over half of whom are executives and management staff involved in sales, marketing, human resource, finance/accounts, quality control and operations. Labour in our plants are sourced locally and work two shifts over 24 hour cycles.
 
   
 
  Go to Careers for more information on how you can be a part of the EPMB team.
 
   
 
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What kind of training and development activities do EPMB staff undertake?
 
   
 
EPMB staff of all levels are required to undergo training and development activities to acquaint themselves with acceptable work ethics as practiced in and by the world's largest automakers.
 
   
 
 
Among the activities our staff participate in are Jishuken, a program that teaches methods introduced by Toyota to eliminate wastage in daily activities. It incorporates key Japanese work ethics such as Kaizen and Kanban to raise the bar on SQCDM (Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, Delivery and Morale).
 
   
 
 
Other activities include the Quality Control Circle (Japanese method of rectifying problems) and Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP).
 
   
 
  Our staff also actively participate in programs organized by the Proton-Perodua Joint Improvement Committee (JIC) as well as training and development programs organized by other carmakers.
 
   
 
  Go to Awards & Certifications for the recognition EPMB has received for participating actively in training and development activities.
 
   
 
  Go to Careers for more information on how you can be a part of the EPMB team.
 
   
 
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How has EPMB been performing financially?
 
   
 
EPMB, like most Malaysian companies, took the brunt of the Asian Financial Crisis circa 1997-1999, suffering losses after years of ploughing significant investments into its facilities.
EPMB returned to the black in FY2003 ended 31st December.
 
   
 
  Go to Financial Statement & Annual Reports for more information on EPMB's financial history.
 
   
 
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How can I find out when EPMB’s next Annual General Meeting will be?
 
   
 
EPMB's AGMs are usually held on the last week of June, although this is subject to change.
 
   
 
  Go to Corporate Calendar to update yourself regularly on EPMB's corporate happenings.
 
   
 
  Go to Email Alerts to automatically receive updates in your email on EPMB's corporate happenings.
 
   
 
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How can I find out what’s happening with EPMB in the corporate world?
 
   
 
Go to Bursa Malaysia Filings to instantly access EPMB's corporate announcements to Bursa Malaysia.
 
   
 
  Go to Press Releases to view EPMB's corporate communications to the media.
 
   
 
  Go to News Archives to see where EPMB has been making headlines.
 
   
 
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How can I decide if EPMB is the right company for me to invest in?
 
   
 
As is the case for all publicly-traded stocks, share prices can go down as well as up. Speculation is often a likely cause for both. EPMB would like to caution that it cannot be held responsible for your investment decisions. We recommend prospective investors observe the company's financial track record and fundamentals when deciding to invest.
 
   
 
  Go to Financial Statement & Annual Reports for more information on EPMB's financial history.
 
   
 
  Go to Analyst Reports for the views of research houses on our stock.
 
   
 
  Please take note that these views do not necessarily represent our own.
 
   
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