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Mah Sing secures glove orders up to September, priced at up to US$115 per 1,000 pieces

KLANG (April 22): Mah Sing Group Bhd, which expects to kick start its rubber glove production next month, said it has secured purchase orders for its gloves until September this year, with average selling prices of between US$85 (RM349) and US$115 (RM473) per 1,000 pieces.

The first batch of shipment will be sent to the buyers, which come from countries like China, US, the Middle East, Japan and Korea, in May and June this year, said Mah Sing's founder-cum-managing director Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum.

“Currently, we are focusing on spot orders as spot prices are still very encouraging. That is why all orders we secured until September are spot pricing,” Leong told reporters during a media tour the group organised to its new glove factory in Klang.  

When asked about the profit margin for glove business, Leong only provided the costs based on current raw materials, which average between US$36 and US$40 for 1,000 pieces.

While he is upbeat on the prospects of the glove industry, Leong was tight-lipped on the expected revenue and earnings contribution from the new business.

Meanwhile, with the successful completion of testing and commissioning of the first two lines, Mah Sing said it is on track to see another four production lines to be operational in the second quarter of this year (2Q21), followed by six more in 3Q21.

These 12 double former lines are part of phase one of Mah Sing’s diversification into gloves and have a maximum production capacity of up to 3.68 billion pieces of gloves per annum. The investment cost for this phase comes up to RM160 million.

At the time of writing, Mah Sing's share price was up five sen or 5.62% at 94 sen, bringing it a market capitalisation of RM2.26 billion.


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