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Chinese firm to provide construction materials testing services

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Mao Haibo (left), director of Sinosteel New Material, shakes hands with Industry and Handicrafts Minister Cham Prasidh. Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts.

Shenzhen-listed Sinosteel New Material Co Ltd has announced plans to invest in a construction laboratory in Cambodia.

The company’s plans were disclosed during a meeting on Monday between Industry and Handicrafts Minister Cham Prasidh and Mao Haibo, director of Sinosteel New Material.

Sinosteel New Material is owned by the Chinese engineering company Sinosteel Group Corporation Limited.

Mr Mao said his company sees great potential in investing in the Kingdom and noted that the local construction sector is booming.

The laboratory will perform quality tests for construction materials – such as water pipes, and electrical wires – and equipment.

Minister Prasidh said the ministry will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese company on Dec 26.

After the collapse of a seven-storey building in Sihanoukville in June, the government urged the establishment of construction laboratories to test materials.

The building that collapsed in Sihanoukville did not have construction permits. The collapse of the building, which was still under construction, killed 28 workers, burying 26 others alive.

Days after the government issued a directive to create a Committee for the Inspection of the Quality of Buildings in the province, Sihanoukville Governor Kuoch Chamroeun ordered authorities to demolish 14 recently-raised buildings after they were deemed unsafe.

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