OPTIMAL Group of Companies Newsletter PP 12303 / 5 / 2004 September 2005 • Issue 10
Highlight In This Issue
OPTIMAL Embarks on
Mammoth Signature Project
2 MESSAGE FROM THE CEO. OPTINEWS•SEPTEMBER 2005
As we begin the second half of the ﬁscal year, I would like to congratulate all CONTENTS
employees on your response to challenges that have confronted us due to unplanned
outages. The tremendous effort of the entire organization minimized the damage to 3 OPTIMAL Signature Project
our business. And, as you well know, we are extremely focused on the implementation • We Sow, We Reap
– Our Responsibility, Our Belief
of our Asset Reliability Projects during the upcoming Turnaround 2006. This will be the 4–5 Awards & Accolades
biggest turnaround we have undertaken yet, with more engineering projects in • Landmark Reﬁnancing
addition to our normal catalyst change and DOSH inspection. Your focus and Transaction
dedication in accomplishing this safely, on time, and within budget is appreciated. • Competitive Employer Award
• MSOSH Gold Merit Award
Meanwhile, we continue to make progress on our journey towards Achieving World • Recognition in Training and
Class Performance. Our efforts to implement the Operating Discipline Management Human Resource Development
System (ODMS) are showing great progress. This system is a cornerstone to ISO 9001 Excellence
and ISO 14001 certiﬁcations, and best practice within our industry. Bringing this 6 Events
• OPTIMAL Takes Part in
capability into OPTIMAL while we are in our early years will give us a solid foundation
OGA Exhibition 2005
from which to build. • OPTIMAL Signs Bandwith SLA
Our ﬁrst audit by SIRIM on ISO 14001 was just completed, and we did very well. 7 Know Our Staff
Our focus between now and year-end is to close action items from the audit and • OPTIMAL Welcomes
prepare for the certiﬁcation audit. Our top priority is to make sure that we “do what Graham Daley
8 Know Our Products
we say we will do” by implementing according to our processes. This is what • TERGITOL NP Series
Operating Discipline is all about. 9 ISO Certiﬁcation
For ISO 9001, advanced preparations are in progress for the Derivatives Businesses and • OPTIMAL Gears for
products so as to continue to meet customers’ requirements and improve our Company- ISO Certiﬁcations
wide systems. We are targeting for an Adequacy Audit with SIRIM in December.
• OPTIMAL 2005 Family Day
In this particular issue of OPTINEWS, it makes me exceptionally proud to be 12–13 Plant Updates
associated with OPTIMAL, as it highlights some of the many ways in which employees • OPWP Winds of Change
are involved in our relationship with the community and customers. From the • Responsible Care®
successful implementation of our School Adoption Program, to our leadership in Program Roadshow
• Empowering Maintenance
Responsible Care®, it emphasizes the importance of the environmental and social • Learning Visit to Dow’s
dimensions of our Triple Bottom Line. Map Ta Phut Facility
Our new Signature Project, announced at Family Day 2005, will see OPTIMAL 14–15 Staff News
partnering with the Malaysian Nature Society on a long range plan which starts with • Newborns, Weddings,
Reforestation of Mangrove along the banks of the Kertih River, followed by development
16 HSE News
of a Nature Education Center (NEC) in Kertih. Apart from creating a base for nature • LOC Reduction Initiative
education, we hope the NEC will also provide a platform for the development of Science • HSE KPIs
Clubs in public schools throughout Terengganu, so that we can develop our young 17 OPTIMAL Cares
people for future careers in science and technology. • OPTIMAL Contributes to SKTT
Win at PETRONAS Educamp
Finally, as we enter the holiday season, I would like to extend my 18 Happenings
warmest wishes to all of you – Selamat Hari Raya Adilﬁtri, Happy • Around OPTIMAL
Deepavali and Merry Christmas. I hope you will be able to enjoy 19 Sports Update
this festive season with your families. • OPTIMAL’s Annual
A WORLD CLASS MANUFACTURER
Jim Fitterling, AND SUPPLIER OF CHEMICALS FOR
Chief Executive Officer, THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION
OPTIMAL Group of Companies
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SEPTEMBER 2005•OPTINEWS COVER STORY 3
We Sow, We Reap
– Our Responsibility, Our Belief
“Malaysia has one of the world’s oldest Rainforests. Approximately 200 million years old, it is one of the
12 Mega-Biodiversity countries in the world (75% of world’s species), with 15,000 ﬂowering plant species, 736
species of resident birds, 150,000 species of invertebrates, 4,000 species of marine ﬁshes, 449 species of fresh-water
ﬁshes and the most number of soft coral species. Yet, Malaysia has the most number of threatened plants. Unless we
start to do something today, habitats will be lost forever, waters will be polluted and ﬂora, fauna and wildlife will
be threatened with extinction.”
In taking up a proactive role to conserve our natural heritage, A primary activity for Phase 1 will be
OPTIMAL has embarked on a long term Signature Project in the setting up of a mangrove mini
partnership with the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), the nursery and replanting of 1,000
largest and oldest Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in mangrove seedlings along the Kertih
Malaysia that focuses on conservation and environmental River. This exercise will involve stringent
education. The project is a cornerstone in OPTIMAL’s selection of suitable mangrove
corporate citizenship initiative which seeks to inﬂuence and seedlings from the proposed
improve the future of the community in which it operates. rehabilitation site and its vicinity.
Other supporting activities that will
be established in order to promote
long term awareness and sustained
conservation of the ecosystem include
environmental education programs for the local villagers as
well as formation of a Community River Watch Group to
monitor water quality and other living organisms such as
ﬁreﬂies and plants along integrated river basin. Plans for
setting up a Environmental Education Centre will also be
outlined during phase one of the project.
Phase 2, which begins end 2006, will see the
implementation of Environmental Education Programs
through the OPTIMAL-MNS Environmental Education
Centre (EEC). The ﬁrst of its kind in the East Coast of
Peninsular Malaysia, the EEC will showcase displays,
exhibits and information relating to the Kertih River
ecosystem as well as Kertih’s unique coastal terrain and
A grant of approximately biodiversity. The Centre will also be equipped with
RM3 million has been allocated for the four-year project which resources and facilities to inculcate awareness, understanding,
comprises two inter-related environmental initiatives – the care and involvement in environmental conservation amongst
Kertih River Mangrove Rehabilitation Project, and the setting local schoolchildren, teachers and the community.
up of a Environmental Education Centre (EEC) in Kertih. In addition to programs for the local community and
Phase 1, which begins in September 2005, will involve OPTIMAL staff, ongoing training and educational activities
reforestation and rehabilitation of ecologically sensitive such as mangrove ecology, nature walk, forest ecology studies,
mangrove habitat and coastal vegetation along the Kertih bird watching, camping and stream ecology studies will also
River, while promoting community-based involvement and be conducted. The two-year implementation of Phase 2 will
management of the ecosystem. The main objective is to restore also involve the setting up of School Nature Clubs (KPA) in
the mangrove and surrounding coastal vegetation to its natural Terengganu linked to the EEC as a means of making
state through proper zone segmentation or ‘zonation’ which is environmental learning an ongoing commitment.
a distinct characteristic of mangrove forests. Careful selection As part of our long-term commitment to this environmental
and replanting of initiative, the Mangrove Rehabilitation Project will continue to be
tree species will be monitored, and surveys on ﬂora and fauna for conservation will
based on areas or remain. The Environmental Education Program for schools,
niches within the colleges and universities will persist to shape a generation that will
ecosystem. continue to appreciate and protect their legacy – nature’s gift.
4 AWA R D S & A C C O L A D E S . OPTINEWS•SEPTEMBER 2005
OPTIMAL Wins Notable Awards
Landmark Reﬁnancing Transaction
At the “Asia Paciﬁc Petrochemical Deal of the Year”
award presentation ceremony. From left: Sam Ong
(Regional Finance Director, Dow Chemical South Paciﬁc),
Gary Lau (Treasurer, OPTIMAL) and Mr Hor Wai Kong
(General Manager – Finance & Accounts, OPTIMAL).
The highly successful dual-currency, dual-debt instrument bonds issue, the largest issuance by a petrochemical player in
reﬁnancing transaction put together by OPTIMAL last year to Malaysia since 1997. The Islamic bonds were 4.6 times
reﬁnance its existing shareholders’ loans utilized for the oversubscribed, setting a new record in the market. Similarly,
construction of its petrochemical complex in Kertih, the USD468 million syndicated loan was also oversubscribed
Terengganu has won various notable awards and accolades. by international investors, proving not only the enthusiasm to
To date, the reﬁnancing package has been accorded lend to a feasible project ﬁnancing in Malaysia, but also the
“Malaysian Deal of the Year” by both Asiamoney and The conﬁdence in OPTIMAL’s credibility in the marketplace.
Banker; “Asia Paciﬁc Project Bond of the Year” by the Project OPTIMAL’s Treasury Department together with
Finance Magazine; “Deal of the Year” by CFO Asia; “Asia representatives from Dow and PETRONAS were involved in
Paciﬁc Petrochemical Deal of the Year” by Project Finance structuring and successfully concluding the deal with the Joint
International and “Best Project Finance Loan” by Euromoney. Lead Managers – Aseambankers Malaysia Berhad, HSBC Bank
The landmark transaction comprised of a USD468 million Malaysia Berhad and Malayan Banking Berhad.
limited recourse syndicated loan and a RM1.27 billion Islamic
Competitive Employer Award
OPTIMAL was accorded a special inspired by the Prime Minister – “Pekerja
recognition for the prestigious Anugerah Cemerlang Negara Terbilang”. It was
Majikan Berdaya Saing (Competitive aimed at recognizing deserving
Employer Award – Large Corporation employers who strive to set exemplary
category) in conjunction with the 2005 performance and work environment to
National Workers’ Day celebration. The drive high standards of professionalism
award ceremony was held on May 7, amongst employees. OPTIMAL was
2005 at the Putra National Sports selected out of 100 companies to win the
Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. award, reﬂecting its focus on its people,
Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah the Company’s greatest asset.
Hj Ahmad Badawi presented the award to OPTIMAL was accorded a similar
Joe Achierno, Senior General Manager of award in 2003 when it was presented the
OPTIMAL Plants in Kertih, Terengganu. consolation prize for the Caring Employer
Joe Achierno (right) and Nirmala Devi posing with the
Competitive Employer Award certiﬁcate and plaque.
The Award was presented in line with Award – Large Corporations.
the 2005 National Worker’s Day theme
SEPTEMBER 2005•OPTINEWS AWA R D S & A C C O L A D E S . 5
MSOSH Gold Merit Award for Safety and Health
OPTIMAL has been accorded the Malaysian Society for Abd Rahman bin Bakar at the MSOSH Award Dinner held on
Occupational Safety and Health (MSOSH) Gold Merit Award September 16, 2005 at Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
under the Manufacturing and Chemical sector. Deputy CEO The award marks a continued recognition for OPTIMAL’s
YM Dato’ Tengku Mahamad Tengku Mahamut accepted the outstanding commitment towards ensuring a safe and healthy
award from Deputy Minister of Human Resources, YB Datuk work environment at its operating facility.
The MSOSH Gold Merit Award. YM Dato’ Tengku Mahamad receiving the award from OPTIMAL is proud to be the recipient of the award for
YB Datuk Abd Rahman. the fourth consecutive year.
Recognition in Training and Human Resource
OPTIMAL’s commitment in training and developing the skills of its
workforce has been accorded a special recognition by the Ministry of Human
Resource and Human Resource Development Council (Pembangunan Sumber
Manusia Berhad). The award was presented at the PSMB 2005 Conference
held on September 20, 2005 at the Genting International Convention
Centre. Accepting the award on behalf of OPTIMAL was its General Manager
of Human Resource and Administration, Puan Kamaliah Abdullah.
The accolade marks OPTIMAL’s ﬁrm commitment in developing the skills
of its workforce to support the nation’s vision of transforming Malaysia into a
petrochemical hub for the region.
The certiﬁcate accorded to OPTIMAL.
skills of its
6 EVENTS OPTINEWS•SEPTEMBER 2005
OPTIMAL Takes Part in
Oil & Gas Asia Exhibition 2005
OPTIMAL together with The Dow
Chemical Company participated in the
10th Oil & Gas Asia Exhibition (OGA)
2005 held at the brand new Kuala
Lumpur Convention Centre from
June 13 to 16, 2005. Approximately 600
companies from 40 countries took part in
the exhibition which was officiated by
The OPTIMAL and Dow staff who had successfully manned the Companies’ joint booth.
Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah Hj
During the exhibition, OPTIMAL and
Dow highlighted gas treating products
and services at the companies’ joint
booth, which drew the attention of the
Prime Minister who dropped by after the
The OGA Exhibition 2005 was held in
conjunction with the high-proﬁle
technical seminar, the 10th Annual Asia
Oil & Gas Conference (AOGC) 2005,
organized by PETRONAS.
The booth stood tall in all its glory. Fairuz Yahya (left) welcoming the Prime Minister.
OPTIMAL Signs Bandwidth SLA
with Petroﬁbre Network
OPTIMAL Chemicals (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd signed a Bandwidth Signing on behalf of OPTIMAL were Deputy Chief Executive
Service Level Agreement (SLA) with Petroﬁbre Network Sdn Officer, YM Dato’ Tengku Mahamad Tengku Mahamut and IT
Bhd (PFN) on April 1, 2005 marking the commissioning of a Manager, Abdul Rauff Sarail whilst PFN was represented by its
4Mbit High-Speed Ethernet Telecommunication Link that Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Tuan Haji Omar
allows swift connection between the servers in OPTIMAL’s Zambri Mahmud and Aaron Tan.
KL Office and the Kertih Plant Office. Also present were IT members who were involved in the
With the High-Speed Ethernet IP Link, OPTIMAL will be able project. They are Murray Albert (former IT Manager), M Nizam
to coordinate voice, video and data connection, thus reducing Ahmad, Che Samsulbahari, Safarin Sabri, Naﬁzah Ahmad
its dependence on Operations and Support. Mokhtar and Hashim Embong (the former IT Project Lead).
YM Dato’ Tengku Mahamad and Tuan Haji Omar Zambri with IT members involved in the project.
SEPTEMBER 2005•OPTINEWS K N O WM PU R PA GF F
S A O L E S TA E . 7
OPTIMAL Welcomes Graham Daley
The New Senior General Manager – Commercial Department
Effective July 1, 2005, Graham Daley I spent the ﬁrst 14 years of my career in
officially became the new Senior General manufacturing, engineering and
Manager for Commercial Department construction starting in Australia, the
taking over from Ken Jewsbury who is United States, Thailand and then again
now Vice President of Sales for Dow in Australia. I then moved into Sales
China in Shanghai. To get to know Management, a General Manager’s job
Graham better, OPTINEWS recently and then marketing in Hong Kong.
caught up with the man himself who I subsequently had a succession of roles
took some time off to answer the as Business Manager, added Group
questions posed to him. Marketing Manager, Commercial Director
and most recently as Director of Sales.
First and foremost, we would like to For the past ﬁve years, I have also been a
welcome you to Malaysia and OPTIMAL. member of Dow’s global Commercial
How has your stay in Malaysia been so far? Leadership Council.
Thank you. Actually, I had ﬁrst visited
Malaysia in 1979 and had been a regular What are your current job responsibilities
visitor since 1987. Those visits were mainly in OPTIMAL?
for business purposes, so I would only stay My primary responsibility is to lead the
over for a day or two in KL. When I came Supply Chain and Commercial functions
over again in May this year, I was pleasantly in OPTIMAL. I ensure a smooth ﬂow in
surprised at how the downtown area has the management of the two business
developed. I like big cities especially those teams, as well as deliver results that looking into ﬁlling up the unused
that are bustling with people. exceed the expectations of our various capacity in some of our Performance
customers and partners. Through my Chemicals reactors. I’m also aiming to
How is your family settling here? OMT involvement, I am responsible in improve cooperation among my team
They are settling in ﬁne. I am here with helping to set up the overall direction of members because I believe that business
my wife Emi, and our eight-year old OPTIMAL and ensuring that all our success derives directly from an ‘excess’
daughter Marina who has just started at functions mesh well. of willing cooperation.
the Alice Smith International School. I
have two older children who both work What are your Department’s objectives What are some of the challenges that
in Australia – my son Chris who is a for the next four months and for 2006? you expect to face as Head of
doctor, and daughter Celia who is a vet. We are targeting to put in place our Department?
strategies for the coming 10 years with I have become used to working in a
What are your favorite activities particular emphasis on the next ﬁve sizable company that is managed in a
outside work? years. Four Business Teams namely specialized way on a global basis.
I used to surf and ski, but here it’s quite Oleﬁns, Glycols, Chemicals and Generally, there was always someone
impossible to do that. What’s possible, Performance Chemicals have recently responsible for just about everything that
and still enjoyable for me to do in KL, been formed for this purpose. As time needed doing. Here, things are done
are running and lifting weights. Other progresses, the strategies will involve through multitasking. Combining and
than that, I enjoy reading as well as selling more products within Malaysia managing a number of diverse activities
dining in restaurants and traveling with and adjoining countries where we have is no small feat! However, we have a
my family. I have been advised that I maximum competitive advantage. Most great group of people with an amazing
really need to experience and enjoy golf. of our attention revolves around the mix of capabilities here, and I enjoy
I’m working on it. coming 2006 Turnaround, and ensuring working with them.
You have been in the petrochemical that both Supply Chain and Commercial
combine with the rest of OPTIMAL. Finally, any words of wisdom for your
industry for quite a number of years. staff?
Would you like to share the history of Are there any speciﬁc targets that you Embrace new activities and then manage
your journey so far? would like your Department to achieve? them as much as you can by yourself.
I have had 35 years of experience in this Our most immediate target is to sell and I have always found that when I can
industry. I ﬁrst obtained a degree in move products from major OPTIMAL organize myself, much of what I need to
chemical engineering, and later a degree units and ensure that they are operating do, and do so when I wish to, things are
in economics while working for Dow. consistently above 90% rates. We are also a lot more satisfying.
8 KNOW OUR PRODUCTS OPTINEWS•SEPTEMBER 2005
TERGITOL NP Series
Most products in OPTIMAL are known as chemical
intermediates or things used in further reactions to derive the
ﬁnal product. As such, these products are used in many
applications in a variety of end uses. The Nonyl Phenol
Ethoxylates (NPE) we produce is a good example.
TERGITOL NP Series – the brand name licensed from Union
Carbide Corporation – is a very popular brand amongst users of
NPE. Essentially, it is formed from the reaction of Para-Nonyl
Phenol with Ethylene Oxide, which is slowly added until the
required molecular weight is achieved. The reaction is catalyzed
with a base (such as Sodium Hydroxide) and neutralized before
blending with water or packaging.
NPE is a surfactant or surface active agent. It has properties such
as all-purpose detergency for hard and soft surface cleaning,
emulsifying and wetting. They are also excellent dispersants for
pigment and dyes. As such, NPE ﬁnd their way in to a myriad of
applications that can be classiﬁed by two broad categories –
cleaning and coating.
Due to its excellent detergency, NPE are used in both
household and Industrial/Institutional (I&I) Cleaners. It is
particularly effective in removing oily or greasy soils from hard
or soft surfaces.
Floor detergents and grease strippers such as those used at
home do contain NPE amongst its ingredients. NPE contained
in Institutional Cleaners are excellent for the use of
establishments that need to maintain a very high standard of
hygiene such as hospitals, hotels, restaurants and hypermarts.
NPE is also used by textile factories. These factories need to
wash the cloths they produce to free it from grease or silicone Coatings
oil that comes into contact with the yarn. NPE’s excellent There are many products around us that require some form of
detergency properties not only remove grease and silicone oil coating. Films, paints and printing inks on books are some
effectively, but also protect the soft surface of the textile from examples. Architectural paints, marine coatings, ﬂexible and rigid
damage during cleaning. In the same way, paper and pulp also ﬁlms and printing inks are typically formulated with some
use NPE to clean up the pulp before paper is produced. surfactants inside for emulsifying, wetting and dispersant purposes.
For example, architectural paints are made from synthetic
latex which is typically a polymerized monomer carried in water.
NPE allow the emulsion to stay homogenous. As the latex is
blended into an architectural paint, more NPE are used when
pigment is added to the latex in order to fully disperse the
pigment into the latex and improve overall colour development.
The NPE also improve the wetting capabilities of the ﬁnished
paint whereby it is easier to apply to the surface of a product.
These same properties are applied when NPE is used in inks
and other coating applications.
SEPTEMBER 2005•OPTINEWS I S O C E R T I F I C AT I O N 9
OPTIMAL Gears for ISO Certiﬁcations
OPTIMAL is steadily gearing itself Through the ISO 9001 certiﬁcation, OPTIMAL is gearing full steam ahead
towards ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 OPTIMAL would have in place accredited towards achieving ISO 14001
certiﬁcations as part of an integrated practices in quality management and Certiﬁcation, which is an important
Operating Discipline Management customer satisfaction which will in turn milestone that would demonstrate:
System (ODMS). Through the ISO lead towards signiﬁcant reductions in ❖ Our commitment in protecting the
certiﬁcations, OPTIMAL would be able to operating costs, increased demand for environment;
enhance its competitive edge in growing our products, increased market share and
markets in the region. subsequently improved proﬁts. ❖ Improvement in our environmental
ISO 9001: 2000 ISO 14001: 2004 ❖ Our compliance to the legislative
and regulatory requirements.
International Standards International Standards
In achieving the certiﬁcation, OPTIMAL
for Quality Management for Environmental has developed a documented HSE Policy
ISO 9000 is a set of standards for quality Management that outlines our commitment towards
management systems that is accepted ISO 14000 is a set of standards that are pollution prevention, as well as an
worldwide. It applies uniformly to primarily related with environmental Environmental Management System to
organizations of any size or description, management. It focuses on the initiatives ensure continual improvement of our
providing customers with the assurance undertaken by an organization to environmental performance as required
of the quality of products purchased or minimize harmful effects on the by ISO 14001.
services rendered. Revision of the environment resulting from its Our next step towards achieving
standard made in year 2000 stresses on operations, and the organization’s efforts ISO 14001 will involve the certiﬁcation of
three main areas comprising quality in continually improving its the Environmental Management System,
objectives, continual improvement, and environmental performance. which will be audited by an external
monitoring of customer satisfaction. auditor in December this year.
10 HAPPENINGS OPTINEWS•SEPTEMBER 2005
Grand prize winners – Mohd Raﬁ Ahmad Razali, Hugh Hearon and Zamanee Aman receiving their prize from the Deputy CEO.
Spellbinding... The Vince and Dina collaboration. The Warisan Johor cultural performance troupe.
Splash of Colours
It was a weekend of fun-ﬁlled The much-anticipated yearly event
activities, entertainment, scrumptious kicked off with the OPTIMAL Annual
food and great company. Yes! The Dinner which began with a welcome
OPTIMAL Family Day was back with a speech by CEO Jim Fitterling followed by
bang! Held at Sunway Lagoon from a lively opening gambit. A mesmerizing
September 23 to 24, the Family Day performance by children from the
festivity was attended by approximately Kumpulan Warisan Johor cultural dance
1,300 staff and their families. group started the ball rolling whilst
announcements of early birds and lucky
draw winners kept everyone at the edge
Let the celebrations begin... CEO Jim Fitterling
launching the 2005 OPTIMAL Family Day Carnival.
of their seats.
Looking on is Encik Yacob Hj A Rahim, Chairman of
the Organising Committee.
DAY–TIME FUN A fun-tastic time!
SEPTEMBER 2005•OPTINEWS HAPPENINGS 11
Crowd at the Annual Dinner.
Best Dressed Winners – Agnes Low and Sulaiman Saat.
at Sunway Lagoon
OPTIMAL’s inaugural Five-Year Long Tengku Mahamad Tengku Mahamut
Service Award recipients were also officiated the outdoor carnival in a
honored as part of the program for the bright burst of colours followed by the day, winning them
evening before guest artistes Vince, from action packed telematches, fear factor a huge hamper from the CEO.
Akademi Fantasia fame, and Dina, the games and a scavenger hunt which The crowd later enjoyed the
Malaysian Idol runner-up, took to the drew participation from children and numerous games and rides in the
stage to enthrall the crowd with their adults alike. themepark before heading home.
lively performance and powerful vocals. The Red Team comprising of Judging from the response, the Family
The dynamic duo’s performance was a administrative personnel from KL and Day was indeed a memorable outing
prelude to more fun and excitement the Kertih proved their supremacy over the and a welcome break for all staff and
following day as Deputy CEO YM Dato’ other teams with the highest score for their families.
Jubilant! The Red Team is overall champion.
One for the album:
This year’s organising
committee in a
12 P L A N T U P D AT E S . OPTINEWS•SEPTEMBER 2005
OPWP – Winds of Change
OPTIMAL’s manufacturing units – same time, the Site Design/ teams to apply their skills, knowledge
Oleﬁns, EOG, Butanol, Derivatives and Implementation Team cooperates with and experience to value-added work;
Utilities – have been undergoing HR/People Systems as a means of hence, improving efficiency and
signiﬁcant changes in terms of supporting the overall re-design. effectiveness of plant operations.
organization and work processes through The Implementation Plan is aligned OPWP also provides tools that could
the implementation of the Operate Plant against all ﬁve units’ MI Plans/Goals. It help track and value assess work
Work Process (OPWP). The main purpose will enable the units to provide structure effectively, while improving the site’s
of OPWP is to enable the manufacturing to make the de-layered organization Asset Utilization. The number of
units to contribute effectively to economic sustainable. unplanned events are also expected to
proﬁt by converting raw materials into In parallel with the culture of be reduced considerably.
product as productively as possible. empowerment currently being practiced Each unit is expected to complete full
To achieve this purpose, a Design/ in OPTIMAL, OPWP will also help deﬁne implementation of the work process by
Implementation Team was ﬁrst developed roles that empower individuals and December 2005.
and approved in each of the unit. The
team members were then trained on OPWP Steering Team: OPWP Site Leader:
Implementing Change Effectively (ICE) as Dan Pegolo (Change Leader), Ahmad Zaki Daud
part of the Change Management Zulkarnain Harun (People Systems), Site IT SMEs:
Framework. Subsequently, each team is Ahmad Fadilah & Nor Halim Hassan Hisamuddin Hassan,
required to complete the Value Task (Sponsors), A Rauff Sarail (IT SME) Robemaryati Omar
Assessment Project and the OPWP Global OPTIMAL Units:
and Support Roles Assignment Project. Plant/Unit OPWP Leader WP Tools FP Plant/Unit Coach
Cooperation is the key element in s Oleﬁns s Ahmad Rizal Abdul Rahim s Norlila A Latif s Anuar Amaji
ensuring the success of the OPWP s EOG s A Razak Ibrahim s A Razak Ibrahim s A Razak Ibrahim
Implementation Plan. The Design/ s Butanol s Hasnan Zam s Yusri Syam Yusoff s Shari Malik
Implementation Team in each unit works s Derivatives s Wan Syahrul Anuar Wan Zin s M Arif Musa s Roslan Abdullah
hand in hand with both the OPWP s Utility s Ahmad Zaki Daud s Musli Mustaffa s Mazlan Mohd
Steering Team and the OPWP Site Note: Each unit team also consists of Shift Operators and Technical Staff
Design/Implementation Team. At the
Contributed by OPWP Site Design Team
Responsible Care® Program Roadshow
On July 14, 2005, OPTIMAL participated in the Responsible
Care® Program (RCP) Roadshow coordinated by Chemical
Industries Council of Malaysia (CICM) Eastern Region and
OPTIMAL, at Universiti Institut Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Dungun.
The target audience were the students and lecturers of UiTM
Dungun, and also both the government and private institutions
of higher learning from around Terengganu.
The program’s objectives were to inculcate Responsible
Care® awareness to the public, and share Responsible Care®
Participants of the RCP Roadshow.
initiatives of participating chemical plants. Mr Jayaram
Sinathamby from Supply Chain presented on the Distribution
Code of the Responsible Care® Code of Management Practices,
which is currently being implemented in OPTIMAL. The
OPTIMAL presentation was well received judging from the
many discussion topics and questions raised by the audience.
Apart from OPTIMAL, the program was also participated
by other chemical companies including BASF-PETRONAS,
OPTIMAL staff who manned the Company’s booth at the roadshow. BP Chemicals, BP PETRONAS Acetyls, Tioxide, and Kaneka.
SEPTEMBER 2005•OPTINEWS P L A N T U P D AT E S . 13
Maintenance Department has kicked
off its journey towards empowerment by
setting up the Maintenance Empowerment
Task Team (METT).
The main objective of empowerment
is to enable all levels of employees to
make decisions and set goals through
Currently, METT is on its journey to
achieve Stage 1 in Empowerment
Assessment by the end of this year. In
order to achieve that goal, METT has set
up various training programs, workshops
and coaching sessions to assist the
various departments in understanding the
The Maintenance Empowerment Task Team
Standing from left: C M Asri, Azmi Puat, Zahari Ghani,
Ahmad Ab Bakar, Sharani and C M Roduan.
Sitting from left: Wan Azman, Zaharah,
Schazeril (Trainer) and Zainudin Ali.
Learning Visit to
Dow’s Map Ta Phut Facility
The OPTIMAL team
who visited Map Ta
Phut in Thailand.
The month of April marked another important milestone a Dow Joint Venture site in Thailand, last March. The team
for OPTIMAL when it launched the OPTIMAL Empowerment participated in an empowerment assessment for Map Ta Phut’s
Assessment Guide (OEAG). This document will serve as a Maintenance Department as well as its Laboratory. Subsequently
guide to teams and departments throughout OPTIMAL in in May, a separate team comprising Operations and HR personnel
developing an ‘empowered’ workforce – a key element in as well as coaches participated in a similar exercise at Map Ta Phut.
achieving our vision to be a world class player. Through empowerment, OPTIMAL is one step closer to
To better understand empowerment and its assessment becoming a World Class manufacturer and the preferred
process, OPTIMAL sent a few of its personnel to Map Ta Phut, supplier of chemicals in the Asia Paciﬁc region.
14 S TA F F N E W S OPTINEWS•SEPTEMBER 2005
NO. STAFF DEPARTMENT NAME OF CHILD BIRTH DATE
1 Azman Embong Maintenance Nurul Amirah Haziqah 01.01.2005
2 Muhd Edyaan Endut Utilities Muhammad Eyzzan Zakwan 02.01.2005
3 Ahmad Nazrimi Utilities Alyaa Nur Natasya 08.01.2005
4 Hoh Weng Cheng Supply Chain Ryan Hoh Wai Chung 10.01.2005
5 Syed Nazli Tuan Taufek Utilities Syed Daniel Bakhtiar 11.01.2005
6 Irman Yunus Maintenance Muhammad Nur Hilman 12.01.2005
7 Mohd Suhaimi bin Mohd Derivatives Muhammad Aqil Azami 12.01.2005
8 Azmi Embong Butanol Iyad Qusairi 13.01.2005
9 Tengku Fauzan PTS Tengku Muhammad Azri 14.01.2005
10 Ismail Abd Rahman Maintenance Norish Fazleen 16.01.2005
11 Ahmad Faizal Abdullah Derivatives Ahmad Haﬁz Izuddin 19.01.2005
12 Mohamad Abdullah PMT Nabiehatul Adha Maisarah 21.01.2005
13 Johari Harun Maintenance Fitriesya Najuita 24.01.2005
14 Ramlee Mustafa Oleﬁns Husna Najihah 30.01.2005
15 Tee Kai Ming Utilities Tee Yan Qi 15.02.2005
16 Mohd Ridzuan Ismail Maintenance Nur Ainun Hasnaa Nabilah 21.02.2005
17 Yusri Syam Yusoff Butanol Juni Damia 28.02.2005
18 Mohd Nasrun Mohd Nor Oleﬁns Muhammad Adam Haﬁz 09.03.2005
19 Mohd Zainudin Abu Derivatives Siti Nur Qumaira 09.03.2005
20 Anizan Alias CEO’s Office Adeena Natasya Ahmad Firdaus 14.03.2005
21 Muhammad Razi Saad Utilities Fitnin Damia 15.03.2005
22 Rozailan Yunus Utilities Muhammad Danish Haiqal 16.03.2005
23 Mohd Ridzuan Abd Hamid PTS Auji Batrisyia & Auni Batrisyia (twins) 18.03.2005
24 Dzul Fadzli Harun Maintenance Nur Alya Maisarah 20.03.2005
25 Mansor Ahmad Maintenance Muhammad Faris Izhan 23.03.2005
26 Hamidi Eberahim Maintenance Nur Umairah 28.03.2005
27 Ismayuddin Yusof Maintenance Muhammad Luqman Nasri 29.03.2005
28 Mohd Izzam Abu Bakar Butanol Izz Haqeem 31.03.2005
29 Hasnol Mahaﬁz Derivatives Haiqal Danish Aiman 01.04.2005
30 Arif Zahili Abd Raman Derivatives Hana Khalilah 01.04.2005
31 Nik Mohd Safuan PTS Nik Athifa & Nik Athira (twins) 05.04.2005
32 Junardi Kasmingan Distribution Alif Asyraf 12.04.2005
33 Alias Samsuddin Maintenance Athirah Nayli 19.04.2005
34 Yuziharma Ya’cob PMM Nur Insyirah 19.04.2005
35 Mohd Sarul Rizal Mohd Yaziz Utilities Muhammad Akiff Rizal 26.04.2005
36 Ahmad Hisyamuddin Mohamed Butanol Ahmad Danish Adam 27.04.2005
37 Mohd Khairil Anuar Abdul Hamid Maintenance Amir Irfan 01.05.2005
38 Mohd Sukri Daud Derivatives Muhd Haziq Firdaus 01.05.2005
39 Ahmad Zulkhairi Abdullah Utilities Azri Shah Irfan 17.05.2005
40 Razali Mamat Maintenance Nurul Izzah 17.05.2005
41 Zuraine & Rosdy Derivatives Haris Muqhis 19.05.2005
42 Aslaizi Sulong Distribution Nur Aireen Adline 20.05.2005
43 A Rais Said Maintenance Nurfarishya Yasmin 27.05.2005
44 Karim Tan Ah Kiew Maintenance Nur Adreanna Quisya 29.05.2005
45 Imelda Husin Finance Noor Alia Qistina Mohd Alwi 31.05.2005
46 Saiful Yaza Kamarom Training Fatimah 01.06.2005
47 Azhan Mohamad PTS Muhammad Asyraf 01.06.2005
48 Mohd Rushaidi Derivatives Muhammad Hadi Harith 05.06.2005
49 Mustafa Azizul Samat Maintenance Aina Suraya 21.06.2005
50 Aznor Hardi Abd Aziz Maintenance Nur Hadiatul Nabila 27.06.2005
51 Yusnizam Kadir Maintenance Muhammad Yusuff Fahmy 02.07.2005
52 Mohd Nasir bin Muhamad Glycols Nur Najah 02.07.2005
53 Hamzah Jamal Oleﬁns Muhammad Adib Syahmi 05.07.2005
54 Muhammad Yusrizal Yazid Oleﬁns Muhammad Haziq Irham 25.07.2005
55 Dzulkarnain Hasan Maintenance Muhammad Harith Iskandar 31.07.2005
SEPTEMBER 2005•OPTINEWS S TA F F N E W S 15
NO. STAFF DEPARTMENT SPOUSE WEDDING DATE
1 Mohd Iswady Ahmad Utilities Norzaiham Ibrahim 27.01.2005
2 Rusmadi Napis Butanol Arzinani Ab Rahim 11.03.2005
3 Azhari Tahir Glycols Nor Eliza Shazrin Ihsan 13.03.2005
4 Sabri Abu Bakar Utilities Mahanizam Hj Mohamad 17.03.2005
5 Mohd Khairul Azami Maintenance Yusni Haﬁza Yusof 21.04.2005
6 Shafareen Abidin Maintenance Shazwani Ahmad Zaini 06.05.2005
7 Zahirul bin Zaharudin Derivatives Noraizah Saad 14.05.2005
8 Mohd Shahir Mohd Kamar Utilities Suzilawati Ibrahim 25.05.2005
9 Mohd Suhardi Yaacob Derivatives Nur Mardziah Abd Ghani 26.05.2005
10 Mohd Iskandar Maaris Derivatives Shamsinar Aman Tubillah 27.05.2005
11 M Albarizad Mustafa Maintenance Fatimah Mohamad 27.05.2005
12 Masrizan Maryono Glycols Norul Huda Mohamed Jabar 27.05.2005
13 Mohd Irwan Ishak Glycols Nurhayati Mohamad 29.05.2005
14 Norlida Mohd Noor Supply Chain Hendra Herman Syah Samsuardi 01.06.2005
15 Samsul Bahrin Arbani Butanol Suzana Yusoff 01.06.2005
16 Abdul Halim Yusof Glycols Rubiah Ahmad 02.06.2005
17 Mohd Zamri Mohd Zin Maintenance Roshayati Mat Husin 09.06.2005
18 M Mazlan A Rahman Maintenance Noraizila Awi 11.06.2005
19 Abdullah Syukor Bahrin Utilities Rozita Ahmad 02.07.2005
NO. STAFF DEPARTMENT FAMILY MEMBER LOST DATE
1 Norhazita Ngah HSE Junaidi Ngah (Brother) 06.04.2005
2 Mohd Tarmizi Tawang Derivatives Khadijah Sulong (Mother) 06.04.2005
3 Jamal Abdul Nasser Maktar Maintenance Faizah Maktar (Sister) 16.04.2005
4 Johan Wahyudi Ibrahim Oleﬁns Lijah Daud (Grandmother) 16.04.2005
5 Caroline Keong Mei Jen Treasury Ooi Ah Tiam (Grandfather) 19.04.2005
6 Shanti Aznita Aziz Utilities Mariam Yunus (Mother-in-law) 28.04.2005
7 Ahmad Abu Bakar Maintenance Bakar B A Rahman (Grandfather-in-law) 30.04.2005
8 Jamal Abdul Nasser Maktar Maintenance Mek Som Awang Ngah (Grandmother) 05.05.2005
9 Azhar Yahaya Maintenance Yahaya Teh (Father) 11.05.2005
10 Mohd Zamri Mohd Salim Oleﬁns Siah Tarwi (Mother) 14.05.2005
11 M Nur Azlin Ismail Derivatives Omar Ismail (Grandfather) 20.05.2005
12 Amiruddin Abdullah Maintenance Hussin Tahir (Grandfather) 24.05.2005
13 Jefri Johari Utilities Johari Mat (Father) 31.05.2005
14 YM Dato’ Tg Mahamad Tg Mahamut DCEO YM Tg Muhammad Emir (Son) 02.06.2005
15 M Nur Azlin Ismail Derivatives Selamah Mohamad (Grandmother) 09.06.2005
16 Mohd Sarul Rizal Md Yaziz Utilities Meriam Abdullah (Grandmother) 11.06.2005
17 W Azmi Wan Gati Butanol Kelthom Ibrahim (Grandmother-in-law) 14.06.2005
18 Mohd Khairil Anuar Sulong EOG Che Halimah Omar (Grandmother-in-law) 16.06.2005
19 Baharudin Mohamad Maintenance Muda Jusoh (Grandfather) 18.06.2005
20 Abdul Fatah Hussein Maintenance Rahim Wahid (Father-in-law) 21.06.2005
21 Ariffin Bakar HSE Esah Abdullah (Mother) 29.06.2005
22 Rozailan Yunus Utilities Halus Awang Kechik (Grandmother) 03.07.2005
23 Normalaliza Mohd Abdul PMM Raisah Rabin (Mother) 03.07.2005
24 Mohd Fadil Mohd Amin Maintenance Munah Senik (Grandmother) 05.07.2005
25 Mohd Zamli Muda PMM Fatimah Endut (Mother) 13.07.2005
26 Jefri Johari Utilities Sahat @ Saad B Sahak @ Ishak (Father-in-law) 14.07.2005
27 Rozi Ismail Butanol Jemilah Mahmud (Grandmother) 15.07.2005
28 Jusoh Musa Maintenance Rokiah Musa (Sister) 02.08.2005
29 Fauzi Muhamad Utilities Mandak Abdullah (Grandmother-in-law) 05.08.2005
30 Mohd Jailani Adam Derivatives Kelthom Ariff (Grandmother) 12.08.2005
31 Muhamad Reza Shawal Alludin Maintenance Empah Osman (Grandmother) 13.08.2005
32 Muhamad Maulana Sulong Maintenance Meriam Abdullah (Grandmother) 13.08.2005
33 Wan Mohd Ridhwan Wan Ahmad Butanol Mandak Salleh (Grandmother) 14.08.2005
34 Zamri Mohamad HRA A Rahman Musa (Grandfather-in-law) 23.08.2005
35 Azmi Hj Yaacob Utilities Meriam Sulong (Mother-in-law) 28.08.2005
16 HSE NEWS OPTINEWS•SEPTEMBER 2005
LOC Reduction Initiative
As part of its commitment towards pollution prevention,
OPTIMAL has launched a Loss of Containment (LOC)
Reduction Initiative to reduce releases, leaks and spills to
the environment (Zero LOC). Some of the processes that
are being implemented as part of this initiative are Dry
Slab/Housekeeping, reporting and tracking all LOCs (big
and small), Top 10 leak programs, partnership with
Maintenance, and awards for best LOC containment.
This initiative has shown commendable results. To date,
EOG has achieved one year free of reportable LOC, with
EOG plant personnel celebrating their Zero LOC. the last incident recorded in September 21, 2004.
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS FOR MVA, LOC, AND INJURY & ILLNESS AS OF SEPTEMBER 2005
Type/Month 2003 2004 *2004 FY Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep YTD 2005 FY Target
MVA 10 7 4 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 5
LOC 9 9 10 1 2 0 1 0 3 7 5
INJ & ILL Rate 0.07 0.22 0.21 0 1.13 0 0 0 0 0.21 0.2
* Transition from calendar year in 2004 to ﬁscal year in 2005 (2004 FY = April ‘04 – March ‘05. 2005 FY = April ‘05 – March ‘06).
12 KPIs for MVA & LOC KPIs for Injury & Illness
Injury & Illness Rate
No. of Incidents
'03 '04 *'04 Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep YTD Target 0.07
'03 '04 *'04 Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep YTD Target
FY '05 '05 '05 '05 '05 '05 '05 FY '05 '05 '05 '05 '05 '05 '05
Month, Accumulative & Target Month, Accumulative & Target
LOC: YTD LOC (Lost of Containment) is 7 and the forecasted annualized number is 14, and this exceeds the target of 5. The LOC reduction initiative was rolled
out in July to improve the LOC performance.
MVA: YTD MVA is 3 and the forecasted annualized number is 6, and this does not meet our target of 5. All 3 incidents occurred at the Kertih site and
fortunately no one was injured. Two incidents were caused by reversing, and the third was due to improper care while getting in and out of a parking lot.
INJURY & ILLNESS: We are on target to meet our goal of injury and illness rate of less than 0.20.
SEPTEMBER 2005•OPTINEWS OPTIMAL CARES 17
OPTIMAL Contributes to SKTT Win at
On the way to the camp... During the Award Presentation Ceremony. At the PETRONAS Gallery.
As part of OPTIMAL’s School Adoption in the Educamp. The rest were from
Program, two OPTIMAL staff accompanied schools in Kedah, Penang, Malacca,
five pupils and one of their teachers Sabah and Sarawak.
from Sekolah Kebangsaan Tebing Tembah During the Educamp, all participating
Paka (SKTT) to the Bakti Pendidikan schools were required to complete two
PETRONAS (PBPP) F1 Camp held from project portfolios. With the assistance and
March 16 to 21, 2005 at PERMATA, guidance of the OPTIMAL facilitators and
Bangi. The main purpose of the their teacher, the SKTT students managed
educational camp (Educamp) is aligned to complete the pre-camp English project
with OPTIMAL’s objective of exposing based on the theme ‘The Understanding
the children to various motivational and of PETRONAS and OPTIMAL’, and the
educational activities. second project, which was based on an
During the weeklong program, the environmental theme. Both projects were
two facilitators from OPTIMAL – M Nazri evaluated and judged by several UKM
Salim of HR and Hamzah Jamal of Oleﬁns facilitators based on overall concept,
– joined about 40 other facilitators from creativity, originality and usage of English.
PETRONAS’ OPUs and JVs who were also It was indeed a very happy and proud The Formidable Five and one of their facilitators seen
invited to the camp. With the assistance moment for the Formidable Five and here with their winning project.
of the schoolteacher, Puan Yosni their teacher – but prouder still were the
Arbaeiyah, they chaperoned and guided two OPTIMAL facilitators – when SKTT luncheon on the ﬁnal day of the camp
the Formidable Five – Nur Hazwani was announced as the winner for the held at the PETRONAS Twin Towers.
Ibrahim, Quratul Quswa Amir, Nurul Best Project Portfolios Award for the The ﬁve SKTT students had one of the
Aﬁfah Ibrahim, Amirul Firdaus M Nasir Standard Five Category. Quratul Quswa best times of their young lives, and the
and Nor Rasyidah Rosdi – who are the also won the Best Leadership and two facilitators from OPTIMAL were there
top ﬁve achievers of Standard 5 in SKTT. Interaction Quality Award in the Girls to help ensure that they did. Hopefully,
The pupils were among the 75 students Category. The awards were presented this experience will be a catalyst for
selected from 15 primary schools around by YBhg Puan Sri Datin Sri Noraini Mohd improved academic performances for
Paka and Kemaman District to participate Yusoff, President of PETRONITA, during a them and their friends in SKTT.
“It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as
it does to have tried and succeeded.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
18 HAPPENINGS OPTINEWS•SEPTEMBER 2005
In the true spirit of
OPTIMAL took part
in the PETRONAS
which was held
from 12 to 16 July
2005 at PERMATA,
Bangi as part of
the Petchem contingent. OPTIMAL staff were involved in various
games including netball, futsal, bowling, volleyball, badminton,
carrom, hockey, golf, rugby, squash, and a new game, dragon
boat. Three staff from OPTIMAL were involved in the netball
game. They are Malina Suhaiza Sulaiman (Training/HRA Kertih),
Aniza M Shukor (HRA KL), and Arni Laily Anwarrudin (Treasury).
Thank you OPTIMAL! – OPTIMAL contributed school bags, On August 26,
shoes and uniforms to 80 underprivileged students in Paka and 2005, OPTIMAL’s
Kertih on January 6, 2005. Corporate Office
in Kuala Lumpur
OPTIMAL participated in the was visited by six
Risk Based Inspection (RBI) undergraduates
Seminar organized by the from the Faculty
Malaysian Petrochemicals of Mass
Association (MPA) on May 26, Communications,
2005 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Mohd Nazir Universiti Teknologi
Yusoff, Inspection Engineer, Maintenance, presented a paper Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam who wanted to learn more about the
entitled ‘Risk Based Inspection Program in OPTIMAL’. programs and activities carried out in the Public Affairs Department.
Participants at the OPTIMAL East-Coast Golf Friendly held on February 26, 2005 at the Ibai Golf & Country Club, Kuala Terengganu.
The Utilities Department held a
communications session in March 2005 to
update its team members on the direction
of the Department in 2005/2006. Among the 40 students from UiTM Dungun who visited the OPTIMAL Plant in Kertih
on March 8, 2005.
SEPTEMBER 2005•OPTINEWS S P O R T S U P D AT E 19
Friendly Rivalry at
OPTIMAL’s Annual Golf Tournament
The participants in a group photo.
The spirit of keen sportsmanship and camaraderie was evident
as some 104 golf enthusiasts comprising business associates,
representatives from government authorities and customers
gathered at the Kota Permai Golf & Country Club, Shah Alam,
for the 4th OPTIMAL Golf Day.
The annual event hosted by OPTIMAL drew a bigger crowd
this year with 26 teams pitting their skills and swings on the
green to win the coveted grand prize trophy. The closely fought
game however saw the team of James Liew (Hartalega), HS Teo
(Industrial Resins Sdn Bhd), KC Yeo (CCM Chemicals), and
Raymond Ong (KC Chemiclas) emerging as overall champion,
sealing their reputation as the formidable team to look out for
After the prize presentation ceremony, OPTIMAL took the
opportunity to bid farewell to its outgoing Senior General
Manager of Commercial, Ken Jewsbury, who has taken up a
new assignment in Shanghai. Ken leaves OPTIMAL after a The Overall Winning Team – From left: James Liew, HS Teo, KC Yeo and Raymond Ong
capturing the moment on camera with Jim Fitterling.
The event concluded with a few words from Graham Daley,
OPTIMAL’s new Senior General Manager for Commercial.
“All the best, Ken!”
– A well-wisher
bidding farewell to
The only female participant
in the tournament, Madam
Chew Kim Yom
from Malaysian Industrial
(MIDA). Lunch was served during the prize giving ceremony.
OPTIMAL Group of Companies
Wishes all Employees