Automako Sdn Bhd – Shah Alam, Selangor
Nippon Wiper Blade (M) Sdn Bhd – Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Pengeluaran Getah Bando (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd – Kulai, Johor
The domestic market is facing stiff competition
from China. The price of China’s wiper blade is 90 US cent
per arm with 0% import tariff while the cost of Malaysian made wiper
blades is said to be 20% higher than that of China’s product.
Malaysian market for replacement wiper blade is around *RM1.5 million
annually whilst the Thailand plus the Philippines markets comprise
of another RM1.5 million per annum.
Based on JPJ statistics, the number of registered
vehicle in Malaysia for 2002 was 12,021,939.
The world’s major players are Trico, Valeu
and Nippon Wiper Blades.
Research report on global wiper blade market
shows that wiper blade has the potential to grow. It has been suggested,
for example, that the European wiper blade market could easily double
if motorists realised just what a safety-critical component it is.
The key to growth, however, lies in educating the motorist about
the dangers of using worn-out parts. From the marketing point of
view this sector is still undeveloped and manufacturers have some
way to go to change consumer habits.
* Source: Market Development & Promotion
Unit, Survey 2003
The important properties are:
The creep properties of the rubber wiper is very important as
most of its life span it sits in a parked position, where there
is a strong tendency for the rubber to creep. This creep affects
negatively the flipping behaviour of the wiper blade, causing a
- High strength (tensile strength, tensile modulus and tear
- High rebound or resilience
- Low Compression set and creeps.
The above tests are available at Physical Testing
Laboratory of Malaysian Rubber Board.