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Construction in Malaysia - Key Trends and Opportunities to 2017

Malaysia construction market: 11.5% CAGR expected between 2012-2017

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The Malaysian construction industry registered a 25.9% annual growth rate in 2012. The growth was supported by the countrys expanding economy and increased government spending on public infrastructure. The construction industrys growth is expected to remain strong over the forecast period, as a result of the governments focus on infrastructure and residential construction. Infrastructure and residential construction collectively accounted for 63.9% of the total construction industry in 2012, and these two markets will also contribute significantly to the total construction industrys growth over the forecast period.

The Malaysian construction industrys output is expected to record a CAGR of 11.48% over the forecast period. Malaysias property market remains one of the strongest performers in the region, supported by positive investor sentiments, healthy



domestic demand, low borrowing cost and attractive loan packages offered by banks. Following a strong performance in 2012, the property market is expected to maintain its growth momentum for the next few years. The government is providing the sector with a major boost: in the 2013 budget, it made affordable housing a "continuous priority," allocating MYR1.9 billion (US$610 million) to build 123,000 new affordable housing units.

Key Highlights

• Despite financial turbulence in Europe and the US, Malaysias economy expanded at a healthy rate of 5.6% in 2012, an increase from 5.1% in 2011, with domestic demand continuing to support growth momentum. Due to investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, fixed capital formation soared by 19.9% in 2012, the fastest rate since 1998. Private consumption also rose at a rapid 7.7% in 2012, up from 7.1% in 2011.

• Unemployment eased marginally, with the rate standing at 3% at the end of 2012, mainly due to improvements in the services and agriculture sectors. Total retrenchments increased from 9,450 persons in 2011 to 11,494 in 2012, as layoffs in the manufacturing sector increased.

• The urban population increased from 5.8 million, representing 42% of the total population, in 1980 to 20.5 million, representing 72%, in 2010. According to UN statistics, the countrys urban population is expected to grow by an average of 2.3% over the next seven years.

• Malaysia is one of the key foreign direct investment (FDI) destinations in the Southeast Asian region. Strong economic growth, a favorable business environment and stable interest rates have made the country a hot-spot among foreign investors. Malaysia received FDI of MYR32.9 billion (US$10.7 billion) in 2011, an increase of 12.3% over 2010. Over the forecast period, Malaysia expects continued high FDI inflows into the oil and gas, infrastructure and real estate sectors.

• The Malaysian government has approved the construction of the Light Railway Transit (LRT), Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and High-Speed Rail (HSR) projects. With an aim to transform the country into a world-class economic and tourism hub, the government announced plans to invest MYR36 billion under the MRT system in the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley National Key Economic Area. The project is scheduled to complete by the end of 2020.

Report Scope

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the construction industry in Malaysia:

• Historical (2008-2012) and forecast (2013-2017) valuations of the construction market in Malaysia using the construction output and value-add methods
• Segmentation by sector (commercial, industrial, infrastructure, institutional and residential) and by project type
• Breakdown of values within each project type, by type of activity (new construction, repair and maintenance, refurbishment and demolition) and by type of cost (materials, equipment and services)
• Analysis of key construction industry issues, including regulation, cost management, funding and pricing
• Assessment of the competitive environment using Porters Five Forces
• Detailed profiles of the leading construction companies in Malaysia

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