Stabilising Materials Supply Chain As A Key To Supporting Infrastructural Developments

Infrastructural development projects are critical for Hong Kong's future | Image by leungchopan/shutterstock

By Ambrose Linn, FCILT

Positive signs of steady progress towards recovery of local economy and various hard-hit industries can be seen over the past few months. Related construction associations and trade bodies have exerted every effort to achieve key success cornerstones, including professionalism; innovation; automation; digital transformation; environmental sustainability; safety; and revitalisation of the materials industry. 

Infrastructural development projects taking place in sites such as Lantau, Kau Yi Chau Artificial Islands (KYCAI) and North Metropolis are critical for a robust economic future of Hong Kong. One of the keys to prosperous development amidst impending formidable challenges is the stabilisation of aggregate materials supply chain, which encompasses ready-mixed concrete, ground granulated blast-furnace slag (GGBS), reinforcing steel bar and fill materials catered for various projects in the city.

In Hong Kong, ready-mixed concrete is one of the most fundamental and extensively used materials. A steady and sustainable supply chain of concrete is critical as it contributes to timely completion of public and private housing developments as well as major infrastructure projects. Metaphorically speaking, how can one possibly produce enough bread if the supply of flour as the fundamental raw ingredient is not adequate?


Chief Executive, Hong Kong Construction Materials Association (HKCMA)

Ambrose serves as the representative for the construction materials industry to liaise with relevant government bureaux and works departments in Hong Kong. To prepare for the challenging times ahead, he has fortified closer collaboration among members and diversified HKCMA’s membership base to comprise other building services and materials stakeholders.

Ambrose has been thriving in the logistics industry for over 20 years with well-rounded and seasoned experiences in integrated demand; supply and value chain management; multimodal distribution; and freight forwarding express linked services that cover Hong Kong, Greater China and Asia-Pacific region.

He is the honorary Program Advisor for Hong Kong Vocational Training Council VTC and a member of its advisory board on logistics and supply chain. Since 2008, he has been officially appointed as a member of the Government’s Logistics Development Council. Ambrose is also a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT) with industry-wide favourable acclaim and recognition for express linked logistics, supply chain and global multi modal freight forwarding.

This is an excerpt. The original article is published in
Construction+ Q4 2022 Issue: Year End (Review & Forecast).
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