Saturday, September 27, 2003

National Motorcycles And Scooter 2003 Stamp

In the 21st century, the worldwide trends of globalization and liberalization have greatly changed the landscape of world economy and manufacturing industry, including the motorcycle bunnies in Asia. The industry has enjoyed remarkable growth in the last few decades. Asia itself accounted for 87 percent of total world production of motorcycles, and 86 percent of global sales. This is partly due to the rapid growth in China, India and ASEAN countries such as Indonesia and Thailand.

With the impending implementation of AFTA under WTO, the motorcycle industry in Malaysia-one of the most regulated and protected sectors in Asia-will have to undergo considerable restructuring and transformation. The local industry will have to equip itself to capitalize on the opportunities, as well as face the changers and challengers in a liberalized and open market environment.

Motosikal dan Enjin Nasional Sdn Bhd-MODENAS was established to spearhead the development of the local motorcycle manufacturing industry. Together with Kawasaki Heavy Industry (KHE) as the technology partner, they successfully launched the first MODENAS motorcycle, the 110cc Kris, in 1997.

MODENAS has also managed to break into the international market with its products, and continued with the introduction of subsequent models into the market. With strong production and distribution effort, MODENAS is poised to become a world-class motorcycle and engine manufacturer in the ASEAN region.

Comel Scooter is produced by Allied Pacific Motor (M) Sdn Bhd with its prodiction plant in Sungai Buluh, Selangor. The company was established in May 2002.

Demak Scooter is produced by DNC Asiatic Holdings Sdn Bhd with its main office and production plant in Kuching, Sarawak. The company was established in September 2002.

MZ motorcycle is produced by MZ Motorrad Sdn Bhd with its production plant in Shah Alam, Selangor. The company was established in January 2002.

Nitro motorcycle and scooter are produced by Mofaz Motosikal Sdn Bhd (MOMOS) with its production plant in Johor Bahru, Johor. MOMOS was established on the 8th February 1980.

Technical Details

Date of Issue : 27 September 2003

Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen, (4 designs)

Stamp : Size 40mm X 30mm

Miniature Sheet Denomination : RM1.00 x 2(4designs)

Miniature Sheet Size : 100mm X 70mm

Stamp Size in Miniature Sheet : 40mm X 30mm

Perforation : 14

Sheet Content : 20 stamps

Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated

Printing Process : Lithography

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