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DRB-HICOM Berhad (MYX: 1619) is one of Malaysia's leading corporations, involved in the automotive manufacturing, assembly and distribution industry through its involvement in the passenger car and four wheel drive vehicle market segment, the national truck project and the national motorcycle project. DRB-HICOM assembles cars in Malaysia for Tata Motors, Honda, Isuzu, Mercedes-Benz[4] and Volkswagen,[5][6] with plans for expansion.[7] The Group also retails various brands such Audi (via Euromobil Sdn Bhd), Mitsubishi (via EON Auto Mart Sdn Bhd) and Volkswagen (via HICOM Auto Sdn Bhd).

Diversified Resources Berhad
Publicly traded
Traded asMYX: 1619
IndustryAutomotive (R&D, assembly, distribution, after sales), Banking, Automotive Inspection, Vehicle Leasing, Postal Services, Environmental Services, Waste Management, Logistics Services, Education, Property Development
PredecessorThe New Serendah Rubber Company Limited (1910–1980)
The Heavy Industries Corporation of Malaysia Berhad (1980–1996)
Diversified Resources Berhad (1996)
Shah Alam, Selangor
Area served
Southeast Asia
Key people
Dato' Mohammad Zainal Shaari, (Chairman)
Dato' Sri Syed Faisal Albar Syed Ali Rethza Albar, (Group Managing Director)
Dato' Jezilee Mohamad Ramli (Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services) Shaharul Farez Hassan, (Chief Operating Officer – Properties, Corporate Planning & Strategy)
Amalanathan Thomas, (Group Director, Financial Services)
Aminah Othman, (Group Director, Treasury)
Revenue12.79 billion MYR (2017) [1] 12.06 billion MYR (2016)[2] 13.69 billion MYR (2015)[3]
Number of employees
Approx. 54,000


HICOM was incorporated on 11 March 1910 under The Companies Enactment 1897 as The New Serendah Rubber Company Limited. The company’s name was changed to The New Serendah Rubber Company Berhad on 15 April 1966. Subsequently, on 16 December 1993 it changed its name to HICOM Holdings Berhad pursuant to a restructuring exercise. It was incorporated in 1980 as the Heavy Industries Corporation of Malaysia Berhad (HICOM).

Diversified Resources Berhad (DRB) was incorporated in 1990 as Peerless Assets Sdn Bhd. It was changed to DRB in September 1991, and listed itself on Malaysia's main bourse in September the following year.

In 1996, both companies merged to form the biggest conglomerate in Malaysia. DRB-HICOM was listed on the Main Board of the KLSE on 4 September 1992 and assumed its present name on 11 May 2000.

Within the manufacturing capabilities of DRB-HICOM is CTRM Sdn Bhd, a specialist composites products manufacturer, and counts Airbus, Boeing and Lear as their aviation customers. The plant in Melaka houses 12 autoclaves, the largest number of autoclaves in a facility in ASEAN.

Besides automotive concerns, the group's core business focuses are in the services (postal, banking, vehicle inspections) and property & infrastructure sectors. These are conducted via several companies such as Pos Malaysia, Bank Muamalat, and PUSPAKOM. It is also the owner of two education institutions, namely DRB-HICOM University of Automotive Malaysia in Pekan, Pahang, and Akademi Saga in Shah Alam, Selangor. The latter is a vocational training centre that produces trained mechanics.

The Group also has significant presence in the defence industry. Through DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (DEFTECH), it designs, develops, manufactures and supplies armoured and logistics vehicles for military and homeland security use. It supplies mainly to the Government of Malaysia.

On 8 March 2018, the group announced a major shift in the direction of their property sector. In a cash plus land swap deal with companies owned by their majority shareholder, DRB-HICOM announced the sale of several plots of land and all its hospitality assets.[8] This shift will see DRB-HICOM totally exiting the hospitality industry with the sale of Glenmarie Golf & Country Club, Holiday Inn Glenmarie KL and Vivanta by Taj at Rebak Island Marina.

Five months later, on 1 August 2018, DRB-HICOM announced the sale of their waste management company Alam Flora Sdn Bhd (AFSB) to Malakoff Corporation Berhad. Included in the sale valued at RM1.0b was DRB-HICOM Environmental Services Sdn Bhd (DHES), a unit of AFSB. DHES handles non-concession waste management for various industries including healthcare, sports organisations and restaurants. AFSB holds waste management concession for several areas in Peninsular Malaysia, which ends in 2033.

On 29 September 2017, DRB-HICOM announced changes to the boards of its major subsidiary, PROTON Holdings Berhad.[9] Following the signing of a Definitive Agreement with China's Zejiang Geely Holding Group Limited on 23 June 2017,[10] the Chinese carmaker acquired 49.9% equity in PROTON. The announcement on 29 September saw a new board of directors put in place in PROTON Holdings, PROTON Edar (the local distribution arm) and Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (PONSB).

Three nominees from Geely Holding joined the boards; Daniel Donghui Li, the Executive VP and CFO of Geely Holding; Dr Nathan Yuning, the Executive VP of International Business of Geely Holding, and Feng Qing Feng, the Group VP and CTO at HK-listed Geely Auto. DRB-HICOM are represented by Dato' Sri Syed Faisal Albar, who chairs the boards, and Amalanathan Thomas and Shaharul Farez Hassan. Both are part of the senior management team[11] at DRB-HICOM.

Also named on the same day was Dr Li Chunrong, who joins PONSB as CEO.[12] Dr Li is the third foreigner to head PROTON. Between 1997 and 1993, the early years of PROTON, two different Japanese nominees of their-then partners, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, helmed the carmaker.

Companies under DRB-HICOMEdit

Wholly owned subsidiariesEdit

  • HICOM Automotive Manufacturers Malaysia Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Automotive Manufacturers (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd)- assembly of Volkswagen Passenger Vehicle and DEFTECH military vehicle.
  • PROTON Holdings Berhad – Major shareholder of Proton – until 23 June 2017, when Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Limited acquired 49.9% equity in PROTON
  • DRB-HICOM Defense Technologies Sdn Bhd – defence vehicles
  • Automotive Corporation Malaysia Sdn Bhd (ACM) ([1]) – Authorised dealer for Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • USF-HICOM (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
  • DRB-HICOM Auto Solutions Sdn Bhd
  • HICOM Diecastings Sdn Bhd incorporated 1985 – Casting and Machining
  • Scott & English Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • Pos Malaysia – Malaysia's national post services provider
  • Puspakom Sdn Bhd – Vehicle inspection centre
  • DRB-HICOM University of Automotive Malaysia
  • DRB-HICOM Environmental Services Sdn Bhd
  • Glenmarie Cove Development Sdn Bhd
  • Comtrac Sdn Bhd
  • Bank Muamalat Malaysia

Associated companiesEdit

  • Proton Edar Sdn Bhd – wholly owned subsidiary of PROTON Holdings Bhd
  • Motosikal Dan Enjin Nasional Sdn Bhd (MODENAS) [2] equity of 81% – Motorcycle Manufacture and related components
  • Edaran Modenas Sdn Bhd (EMOS)- Distribution of MODENAS motorcycle
  • Edaran Otomobil Nasional Bhd – equity of 79.05%
  • EON Automart Sdn Bhd – Authorised dealer for Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • Euromobil Sdn Bhd – wholly owned subsidiary of EON Bhd – importer and distributor of Audi
  • HICOM AUTO Sdn Bhd – Direct subsidiary of EON Bhd – Authorised dealer for Volkswagen Group Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • Honda (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd [3] – equity of 34%
  • Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia Sdn Bhd – equity of 48%, EON Bhd
  • Isuzu HICOM Malaysia [4]- Assembly of lights/heavy duty trucks, bus and passenger cars – equity of 49%
  • Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd – equity of 49%
  • Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Sdn Bhd – equity of 40%
  • Suzuki Motorcycle Malaysia Sdn Bhd – Motorcycle Engines & Components
  • HICOM-TECK SEE Manufacturing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd – equity of 51% – Manufacturer of automotive plastics components
  • HICOM-YAMAHA Manufacturing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd – equity of 48% – Manufacturer of YAMAHA motorcycle engines and components, incorporated 1983
  • HICOM-Potenza Sport Cars Sdn Bhd – direct subsidiary of PROTON
  • Oriental Summit Industries Sdn Bhd – equity 70% – Metal Stamping
  • PHN Industry Sdn Bhd – Metal Stamping
  • Uniasia General Insurance – Strategic partnership with United Overseas Bank Group
  • Alam Flora Sdn Bhd – Waste Management & Public Areas Cleansing – 97.37%
  • Konsortium Logistik Berhad – Logistics, Warehousing, Distribution, Automotive, Freight Forwarding & Haulage Services – 61.6%
  • KL Airport Services


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