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Can we turn suspended factories into engines of national economic growth?

Steel is an essential material in the industrial products and in building infrastructures. If Myanmar can produce steel on commercial scale, we will be able to save our foreign exchange used in importing steel products and build an industrialized country. In fact, the country has large deposits of iron ore. Myanmar set up steel mills […]

Sino Great Wall: Crashing out on the belt and road

Mottama Holdings invited journalists to a high-profile “topping-out” ceremony for its M Tower project, a 26-storey office building near Hledan junction in Yangon that used prefabricated steel structure from the company’s factory in the city. After putting in place the final steel beam – complete with gold-coloured bolts – more than 100 metres above Pyay […]

How policy, not price or quality, is destroying Myanmar’s steel industry

Perhaps because Myanmar is a relatively recent convert to free trade it is keen to show its commitment to it. The more Donald Trump talks about making America great through slapping tariffs on China, the more we want to appear internationally-minded and progressive. But if we want to make the most from free trade, we […]

Singapore company’s advanced cut-bend-fabricate facility for steel rebar in Myanmar now fully operational

Singapore-listed HG Metal Manufacturing Ltd. (HG Metal) is expanding its steel business into Myanmar. The company is a premier steel stockist and manufacturer in Southeast Asia with close to 800,000 sq ft of warehousing and processing facilities in Singapore. It carries more than 3,000 types of steel products, of various dimensions and for a wide […]

Construction sites struggle as skilled workers head overseas

Daw Hay Mar, a trader, can only shake her head when talking about the high expenses she incurred in constructing a storage building and workers quarters because of poor workmanship. She said her nightmare started when she hired a group of construction workers in her neighbourhood for the job. Daw Hay Mar said the building […]

On Myanmar border, a city thrives

Opening-up has played a key role in the economic development of Tengchong, Yunnan province, both in the past and today, local authorities say. “It is not hard to see that all the economically active periods in Tengchong’s history were those when we had close contacts and deep exchanges with South and Southeast Asia, and the […]

HG Metal commits US$2m to begin cut & bend, fabrication JV in Myanmar

HG Metal Manufacturing will pay US$2 million to take a majority stake in and to capitalise a joint venture in Myanmar, according to details of an agreement announced by the steel products maker on Thursday before the market opened. Under the terms of the agreement, HG Metal will pay US$95,700 to Singapore-incorporated holding company Fortune […]

Sule Port premier port of Myanmar

Sule Port, the nation’s busiest sea port for rice, handles an average of 1.3 million metric tons of imports and 600,000 metric tons of export, annually. A total of 49,801 metric tons of rice were exported to foreign countries via Sule Port in current financial year. Sule is a major transit point for cement, timber […]