Kuala Lumpur, 16June 2014 – NS BlueScope Malaysia (BlueScope), the world’s leading steel manufacturer and the first Malaysian steel manufacturer to be conferred the SIRIM ECO-Label certification recently held seminars sharing insights on coated steel for roofing and walling products at Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) Kelantan and Terengganu. Held separately at their respective training rooms, the talks were attended by more than 100 JKR Kelantan staff and more than 40 JKR Terengganu staff on May 14 and June 4. The participants consisted of architects, building surveyors and various JKR staff within its architecture department.

Speaking at the event were Jack Chum, Technical Marketing Manager for NS BlueScope Malaysia at JKR Kelantan and Irene Teo, Technical Marketing Engineer for NS BlueScope Malaysia at JKR Terengganu. Both speakers are responsible to provide technical advice for BlueScope covering Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Over the years, Chum and Teo were highly involved in the SIRIM product certification and Green Certification bodies while working closely to provide advisory services across the entire value chain from architects, to consultant firms and developer offices. Among the topics shared at the seminar were ‘importance of material specifications for steel products’, ‘installation of coated steel products’ and ‘does product warranty equal to product quality?’

In this present era, coated steel has increasingly become a popular trend among architects as roofing and walling materials for its environmental sustainability, longer life cycle and durability as compared to other conventional building materials. However many make the mistake of selecting inferior products in hopes to join the bandwagon of utilising steel as building materials. “Many companies utilise warranty as a marketing tool to attract customers without realising the quality of the product deteriorates massively after the warranty period. With BlueScope’s Clean Colorbond® steel, we ensure our products perform beyond the warranty period, providing customers the ease of mind without compromising the product’s aesthetic beauty” said Chum.

In addition to this, Nicole Khor, Technical Marketing Manager in NS BlueScope Lysaght Malaysia was present at both events, providing insights in topics regarding ‘design consideration for metal roofing’, roofing accessories for typical detailing, flashing and capping’ and ‘how to prepare specification for steel material and profile’.

Since last year, NS BlueScope Malaysia has been holding industry talks with JKR such as the Higher Education Department and Architecture Department Kuala Lumpur. In addition to this, the innovative steel company also held seminars specifically for architects in 5 different states, awarding participants the needed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points certified by Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM) in Miri, Brunei, Kota Kinabalu, Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

NS BlueScope is set to hold more educational talks with JKR, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), quality surveyors and CPD workshops for architects in its effort to educate on the benefits of coated steel for roofing and walling materials. This is in line to the company’s continuous commitment to further educate and elevate the quality of Malaysian architects and professionals in the construction and building industry for bigger challenges.