Sime Darby joins Malaysia’s West Coast Expressway project

Malaysia’s West Coast Expressway (WCE) is a greenfield highway project with its 50-year concession agreement signed with the government in January 2013. It runs parallel to the North South Expressway (NSE), and is expected to offload some of the traffic from the NSE as well as provide connectivity to towns along the west coast.

The WCE project reportedly boasts more interchanges than other highways in Malaysia. There are 21 interchanges over the 233-km stretch - this is almost one interchange at every 10 km - allowing greater connectivity between the smaller towns and the larger cities.

Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) Sdn Bhd (DMIA) is one of the major contractors that plays a main role in the WCE project, specifically in the Work Package 10. The company was incorporated in 1996 and registered in Malaysia as a ‘PKK Class A’ Bumiputera and CIDB G7 Contractor, which is qualified to undertake projects of unlimited value. Since 2004, the management system has been awarded an ISO 9001:2015 quality certification by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance.

Sime Darby Industrial (SDI) has supported the WCE project by supplying more than 50 machines - including those of Caterpillar, SEM and New Holland - to DMIA. With the large fleet requirement, SDI provided a great support to DMIA through the availability of the in-house financing, Caterpillar Financial Services Malaysia (CFSM).

The excavators, soil compactors, motor graders, bulldozers and tractors were delivered to the project site in Taiping and Butterworth in 2019. The short lead-time of the machine delivery enabled DMIA to commence work immediately.

With an excellent after-sales support, SDI said it has been chosen as the preferred working partner for DMIA. The prompt after-sales services and high parts availability offered by SDI also ensure a smooth work operation throughout the project duration. The company will provide continuous support to DMIA and the WCE project.