Of the 10, five were Gold, one Silver, one Bronze and three were the Malaysian Innovation Products Awards.
The FRIM research products that won the Gold medals were:
1) Oil Palm Trunk Scrimber (OPT Scrimber) for Furniture and Interior Products. Project leader: Dr Wan Tameze Wan Ariffin;
2) Super Palmply – Super Palm Plywood from Oil Palm Trunk. Project leader: Hashim W. Samsi;
3) GAHARU SENSE: An Intelligent Classification System for Agarwood. Project leader: Abd Majid Jalil;
4) Coconut Moulded Plywood for Furniture Component. Project leader: Abdul Hamid Saleh;
5) Organic Soil from Paper Mill Sludge. Project leader: Dr Wan Rashidah A. Kadir.
The other five innovations were:
• Plant Derived Anti-Multidrug Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Agent (which received the silver medal). Project leader: Nor Datiakma Mat Amin;
• Cement Boards Fabricated from Pioneer Forest Species (bronze). Project leader: Noor Azrieda Abdul Rashid;
• Resin-Impregnated Oil Palm Flooring (Malaysia Innovative Product Award). Project leader: Hashim W. Samsi;
• Environmental Friendly Drum Method of Carbonisation (Malaysia Innovative Product Award). Project leader: Puad Elham; and
• Engineered Flooring from Oil Palm Trunk, (Malaysian Innovative Product Award). Project leader: Hashim W. Samsi.
FRIM Director General Dato’ Dr Abd Latif Mohmod is proud of the institute’s achievements, saying FRIM will continue to contribute towards the research and development of innovative products and improved processes in support of local wood-based and forest-related industries, whilst taking into account the importance of conserving depleting natural resources.
Last year, FRIM won 11 ITEX awards—three Gold, three Silver, four Bronze and one of the inventions was also awarded the HKTA Award for the Best Invention in Sanitation (from Hong Kong).
Held annually since 1989 by the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS), ITEX is the region’s leading exhibition showcasing new inventions, technologies and products, aimed at promoting and securing investment, manufacturing and commercialization prospects and partners.
This year’s event, held from 14 to 16 May, showcased over 650 inventions from more than 24 countries including Russia, Iran, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India and Malaysia.