World class construction technology developed by Mivan in Antrim is to be used in a £300 million social housing project, among the biggest ever investments by the Government of Thailand in housing.
Mivan’s System Formwork for fast track construction will be employed in a new joint venture between Mivan (Thailand) Ltd and Syntec Construction PCL to build 50,000 Baan Eu Arthorn low-income housing units for the National Housing Authority (NHA) throughout the country. Mivan (Thailand) Ltd is an independently-owned business which has a longstanding relationship with Mivan in Northern Ireland.
The agreement for the Northern Ireland Company to supply its Formwork system through Mivan Far East (Sdn) Bhd to the joint venture was signed by Mervyn McCall, Mivan Director, and Khun Somchai Sirilertpanich, Syntec Managing Director at the British Embassy in Bangkok during the Invest NI business mission to Thailand. Mr McCall is leading the mission of 24 Northern Ireland companies to the region.
The agreement was signed in the presence of David Fall, the British Ambassador to Thailand.
Mr McCall, commenting on the agreement, said: “Our innovative System Formwork has been used in Thailand and other parts of South East Asia over many years in the construction of various types of high and low-rise accommodation.
“This track record was one of the keys in securing this new £300 million contract won by the joint venture. The joint venture operation had impressed the NHA by building the complete concrete structures for 3,000 small apartments in 68 five-storey blocks in just 10 months in an earlier part of the huge programme.
“We were awarded the contract for Formwork supply to this smaller project in May 2004 following an Invest Northern Ireland trade mission to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
The supply contract for the Mivan System Formwork is in excess of $10 million.
“The Government is two years into its policy to build 600,000 units throughout Thailand in a period of six years. The NHA has requested that contractors use industrial building technologies such as our System Formwork.
“Over the years we’ve used Invest NI missions to explore and develop opportunities in markets throughout the region and also to maintain contact with existing clients, such as Mivan (Thailand) Ltd and other representatives,” he added.
Alan Hingston, Invest NI’s Trade Director, said: “This is a tremendous boost for Mivan as a global centre of excellence in advanced construction techniques. It’s particularly welcomed by Invest NI as we seek to establish Northern Ireland as a world class innovation-led economy.”
The project is also supported by BAE Systems through the Government of Thailand’s National Economic and Social Compensation Committee. BAE Systems is a UK defence company which sells its products to the Government of Thailand.
Mivan System Formwork, in addition, is being used by Mivan (Thailand) Ltd at Pranburi, around 250km south of Bangkok. It involves the construction of 506 small semi-detached units including all infrastructure such as roads, drainage, water and electricity supply.