[PRESS RELEASE] IME Launches the First and Only Office-friendly Metal 3D Printing System in Malaysia.

17 May 2019
Amnani Adnan

IME Group of Companies launched Desktop Metal Studio System, the first and only office-friendly metal 3D printing system at METALTECH 2019 that took place at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). The ceremony was ­­honoured by the presence of YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Mr. Teoh Tuan Ka , Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies, and Mr. CK Kan, Regional Director (Asia Pacific) of Desktop Metal.

The Studio System is safe and simple to use and is designed to make metal 3D printing more accessible, enabling design and engineering teams to make metal parts faster, without the need for special facilities, dedicated operators, or expensive tooling.

Manufacturers who have adopted 3D printing technology have reported cost reduction of as much as 90% compared to machining and selective laser melting (SLM) and speed up production significantly, from months or weeks to mere days.

Metal 3D Printing is one of the new technologies showcased by IME this year, alongside with other technology pillars in the National Policy on Industry 4.0, such as local-developed Data Analytic solution, Virtual Simulation, Virtual Reality, and various Design to Manufacturing Solutions.

A combination of the different technology drivers in the National Policy on Industry 4.0 established by Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) will transform the manufacturing landscape, the way of working, and disrupt existing business models.  It will lead to greater efficiencies and change traditional production relationships among suppliers, producers, and customers—as well as between human and machine.

In May this year, Mawea Industries (A member of IME Group of Companies) has been officially appointed as Digital Transformation Lab (DTL) in collaboration with the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) for its Digital Transformation Acceleration Programme (DTAP), initiated with the support of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). In this cooperation, Mawea Industries will be lending its expertise and assistance to Malaysian companies in adopting and leveraging on digital technologies for increased productivity and optimised operation towards sustainability.

“Support from the government is crucial in the Industry 4.0 journey. We are glad to see many initiatives from the government in recent years spearheading the way. We are proud to be part of the journey, being a local company developing our own solutions to aid the growth of the industry” says Mr. TK Teoh, Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies.

IME Group of Companies with its expertise and comprehensive approach towards Industry 4.0 along with the right tools provides companies with the support they need to master the challenges of implementation.


IME (Group of companies) is a local business established since 1980, that aspires to play a role in the growth of the local industry, by providing a platform for the industry and educational sector to collaborate, share, and close the knowledge and skill gap. Founded as a CNC service and repair centre, IME has now grown into the leading product design and manufacturing solution provider in Malaysia, with a vast clientele from local and multi-national corporations, government sectors and academia; IME has established strong presence locally and expanded business coverage to ASEAN.

Apart from being recently appointed as the DTL by MDEC, IME is also The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Industry 4.0 Committee Member, and The Fourth Industrial Revolution Committee Member for National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM).