The year 2006 marked another milestone achievement for the LEADER Group as Leader Cable Industry Berhad (Leader Cable), a major wholly-owned subsidiary, celebrated its 30th Anniversary.
Leader Cable’s origin can be traced to 1976 when Dato' Seri H'ng Bok San, one of the founders established Leader Cable on a 12 acre manufacturing site in Tikam Batu, Kedah producing low voltage power cables, housing wires, telephone cables and aluminium conductors.
Dato’ Seri H'ng and his brother Dato’ Harry H'ng Bak Seah together with co-founder Dato’ Chung Chin Fu saw the potential of cables demand in Malaysia, and by 1986, Leader Cable began exporting overseas. In 1990, with its successful inroads into Singapore, Indonesia and China markets, Leader Cable was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Exports Excellence followed by many other achievements. To date, the Group has a far-reaching presence spanning more than 60 countries worldwide in the Asia Pacific region, South India, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Starting as a supplier of cables, we are renowned for our advanced manufacturing facilities and efficiencies, product and management system excellence and quality standards.
One tremendous growth over the past years has earned us the recognition as the most reputable and reliable manufacturer in the local cable and wire industry. We are the largest producer of cable and wire in Malaysia and ASEAN and ranked as one of the leading Top 60 in the world by Integer Research, United Kingdom. It is a legacy that we are proud of and the one name that our customers have come to trust.
The drive to consistently excel keeps us at the pinnacle of the power and telecommunication industry. Our growth strategy lies in our capabilities to manufacture premium cable & wire products that meet the economic and technical requirements of the market.
Strategic long-term planning and continuous capital investment has also enabled us to acquire the latest technologies to enhance our production of premium products.
Stemming from our excellent record, we have also expanded our capabilities in the manufacturing of copper and aluminium rods and wires.
Our quality management system and product certification, in many instances exceed the standards laid down by various international and local certification agencies.
- Certified to SGS United Kingdom ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001
- Certified to SIRIM QAS ISO 9001
- Productivity Standards Board of Singapore
- CESI of Italy
- KEMA of Netherlands
- Underwriters Laboratories Inc., United States
- American Bureau of Shipping, United States
Some of the prestigious awards LEADER has received are,
- The Export Excellence Award by Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1990, 1999 and 2007
- The Enterprise 50 Special Recognition in 1997
- The Malaysian Brand Name Industry Excellence Award by Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 2002
- The Merit Certificate for Export Excellence by Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 2002 and 2005
- The Business Superbrands status in 2006
- The Product Excellence Award by Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 2006
- The BrandLaureate Award 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-2010 by Asia Pacific Brands Foundation.
- The Gold Award in the Malaysia Manufacturing Excellence Award 2008 by Frost & Sullivan.
The Group has cable manufacturing plants in Tikam Batu in Kedah and Pandan, Tampoi and Plentong in Johore Bahru that manufacture copper telecommunication cables, low, medium to high voltage power cables, aluminium rods, PVC compounds and various types of specialty cables for the oil & gas, shipbuilding and automobile industries.
The Group also has close partnership with internationally renowned cable companies in the industry.
Alpha Industries is a joint venture with Toyota Tsusho Corporation and The Furukawa
Electric Company Limited of Japan, operating two manufacturing plants producing copper rods and wires in Prai and Johor Bahru.
Operating from the Bayan Lepas Technoplex, Penang is LEADER’s associate, Lite Kabel Sdn. Bhd. with its extensive range of high tech manufacturing equipment, produces optical fibre cable.
Another associate of LEADER is Sarawak Cable Bhd which is the holding company of Universal Cable Sarawak Sdn Bhd, a joint venture with the Sarawak Electricity Supply Corporation and Central Paragon Sdn. Bhd.
In 1995, LEADER ventured into the first Malaysian-owned 35 megawatt IPP power plant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia jointly with GUH Holdings Berhad and Delcom Services Sdn Bhd.
The Group's second power plant, the 100MW coal-fired power project a joint venture with Cambodia International Investment Development Group Co. Ltd is located in the port of Sihanoukville in Cambodia. Besides power generation, the Group also ventured into a 230kV power transmission project which involves the construction of the North Phnom Penh 230/115/22kV substation and the Kampong Cham 115/22kV substation and approximately 110km of double circuit 230kV overhead transmision lines linking the 2 substations. These 2 projects are presently under construction.
Apart from cable manufacturing and power generation business, the Group has also successfully undertaken numerous property development projects ranging from residential to commercial on Penang Island as well as in the mainland.
Compared to a sales revenue of RM3 million in Leader Cable’s maiden year of operations, the Group has hit sales beyond the billion ringgit mark.
The high standards we set, since the early years of our humble beginnings, still bind us strong as we set forth to meet the challenges ahead.