||Commenced operation at No. 8, Ayer Rajah Road, Penang as a service branch of George Kent Limited, Luton, England. Work involved repairs and maintenance of water meters, venture recorders, steam flow indicators and waste-not taps for public stand pipes.
||On 2nd January,1951 , George Kent (Malaya) Ltd was incorporated in the Federation of Malaya as a wholly-owned subsidiary of George Kent Limited.
||A workshop was opened in Singapore , mainly to repair Kent water meters, maintain and upkeep Kent flow, level and pressure recorders bought by the Singapore Municipality.
||A branch office was set up at Jalan Ipoh in Kuala Lumpur to sell Kent instruments in the Klang Valley.
||An Industrial Fittings Division and a Petroleum Marketing Equipment Division were established by the Company.
||The name of George Kent (Malaya) Ltd was changed to George Kent (Malaysia) Limited in July 1964.
||A wholly owned subsidiary, George Kent (Singapore) Pte Ltd , was incorporated on 8 September 1965. The Company moved from Penang to its premises at No. 2, Lorong 19/1A, Petaling Jaya, Selangor in November 1965. Assembly of water meters had commenced by then. Turnover of the Company was RM4.6 million and the number of employees was 26.
||An Industrial Equipment Division was established by the Company.
||In March 1969, the Company’s manufacturing plant started operation at a 4-acre site located on Lot 4 & 6, Jalan Pahat 16/8A,, Shah Alam Industrial Estate, Shah Alam, Selangor.
On 11 July 1969, George Kent (Malaysia) Sdn Berhad was converted to a public company under the present name of George Kent (Malaysia) Berhad (“ GKM”).
||On 2 March 1974, GKM made a public issue of 1,500,000 new shares and offer for sale of 900,000 shares by George Kent Ltd , England , with 1,150,000 shares reserved for bumiputras in connection with its application to seek listing on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE) and the Stock Exchange of Singapore Limited (SES). GKM’s entire issued and paid up share capital of $6,000,000 comprising 6,000,000 ordinary shares of $1.00 each was granted official quotation on the KLSE and the SES on 15 April 1974.
For financial year ended 31 March 1974 , GKM’s turnover was RM14 million , with pre-tax profit of RM1.2 million. The number of employees was 234.
||On 11 June 1981, Johan Holdings Berhad acquired from Brown-Boveri Kent Ltd , its controlling 51% equity interest in GKM , bringing it under Malaysian control.
||An Automation Systems Division was established in August 1983 to be involved in the building automation and building security business.
||In February 1985, the Company acquired a 42.85% interest in a local company specialising in sales of equipment for the upstream oil and gas industry.
For the financial year ended 31 January 1985, GKM’s turnover was RM81 million with pretax profit of RM6.7 million. The number of employees was 428.
||In September 1986, the Company commenced the manufacturing of Fibreglass Reinforced Polyester (FRP) sectional water tanks under licence from Sekisui Koji Co. Ltd of Japan.
||During the year, the Company acquired a 51% interest in Teknology Air Patcandy Sdn Bhd, a joint venture company with Portals Water Treatment Overseas Ltd of United Kingdom, specializing in water treatment business.
||The Company secured several supply contracts exceeding RM200 million, the largest of which was the RM102.7 million contract to supply pumping equioment, instrumentation and valves for the Sungei Selangor Water Project. It also secured the Operation and Maintenance of Sungei Layang Water Treatment Plant contract worth RM5.3 million.
||In August 1991, the Company completed its bonus issue comprising 7,500,000 new shares and rights issue of 15,000,000 new shares, increasing its issued and paid up share capital to RM33,750,000 comprising 67,500,000 shares of 50 sen each.
||Brass Alloys Sdn Bhd ‘s RM20 million brass extrusion plant, designed, installed and commissioned by Rautomead, United Kingdom, on a 1.2 hectare site at Lot 6491, 6th Mile, Mukim of Kapar, Klang, Selangor, was completed and commercial production of brass rods commenced in February 1993.
||In January 1994, the Company completed a bonus issue of 1 for 4, increasing the issued and paid up share capital to RM42,187,500.00 comprising 84,375,000 shares of 50 sen each.
On 18 July 1994, the Company issued RM50 million nominal value of 3% Bank Guaranteed Bonds with 16,875,000 detachable warrants to raise funds for working capital, relocation of its Head Office and plant to Puchong, purchase of machineries and , expansion of Brass Alloys Sdn Bhd.
||GK-Hardie Sdn Bhd, a 55% subsidiary in joint venture with James Hardie Ltd of Australia, commenced commercial production of high quality plastic pipes for the water related industry. The RM20 million plant was located on a 14,951sq.m site on Lot 20, Rawang Integrated Industrial Park, Rawang, Selangor.
||In the 4th quarter of 1996, the Group’s head office and manufacturing plants were relocated to a newly built RM42 million integrated facility, George Kent Technology Centre, on a 17 acres site in Jalan Dengkil, Puchong. Selangor.
In October 1996, GKM’s was awarded full compliance of ISO 9001-2000 certification standards for the production of water meters, brass fittings and FRP panels for water tanks using the MMD manufacturing process.
In December 1997, GK-Hardie Sdn Bhd became the first manufacturer in Malaysia to receive the ISO 9002 quality certification for its UPVC and polybutylene pipes manufacturing process. With this certification, all manufacturing companies in the GKM Group have attained ISO 9002 quality accreditation for their manufacturing processes.
||In May 1997, Brass Alloys Sdn Bhd’s brass rods extrusion plant was awarded full ISO 9002 quality accreditation.
During the year, the Water Infrasrtucture Division secured the concession for the operatation and management of the Mt. Eriama Water Treatment Plant in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The Group invested in a 19% equity interest in PNG (Water) Ltd which holds the US$120 million concession for this water treatment plant. A wholly-owned subsidiary, George Kent (PNG) Pty. Ltd was incorporated as sole operator and maintenance contractor for this project.
||Infrastructure Division completed the RM13.5 million 160 MLD Lat Krabang distribution pumping station turnkey contract for the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority, Bangkok, Thailand. Also completed the RM4.4 million contract for upgrading and rehabilitation of Sungei Batu and Sungei Rangkap water treatment plants in Selangor.
||The completion of two large projects by the Infrastructure Division- the RM15.3 million Sungei Kelinchi and the RM47.9 million Sungei Linggi projects in Negri Sembilan.
GKM in joint venture with a local construction company was awarded the RM366 million contract for the Rasa Water Treatment works for the Sungei Selangor Water Supply Scheme- Phase 3 in Selangor.
||The Manufacturing Division launched a new industrial Multijet water meter to expand the Group’s range of water meters for the export market.
||George Kent receives the CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board) Malaysia ?
||GKM won the “ Builders’ Award - Mechanical & Electrical Works Category Mechanical Project” by Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) for the 250 Mld Rasa Headworks and Bulk Transfer Works ( Stage 1) - Sungei Selangor Water Supply Scheme Phase 3 Project.
||On 30 September 2003, GKM issued RM33,382,000 nominal value comprising 66,764,000 Ten-Year zero coupon Irredeemable Convertible Unsecured Loan Stocks 2003/2013 .
GKM secured several landmark projects: The RM5.4 million Central Kedah water supply project in Gurun, Kedah, and the RM3.1 million upgrading works for a new 50 MLD filtration plant in Mount Eriama, Port Moresby, PNG.
||Manufacturing Division which operates the largest hot brass-stamping and water meter manufacturing plant in South-East Asia is accredited with ISO 9001:2000.
The Infrastructure Division also secured several water projects including the RM3.1 million 100 MLD raw water booster pump station at Mt. Eriama, Port Moresby, the RM17.8 million 100 MLD water transfer from Muar river to Talang dam in Kuala Pilah, Negri Sembilan and the RM23.40 million National sewerage treatment plant project - Package A.
||Industrial Equipment Dept FRP business unit secured a contract from Sekisui Aqua Systems Co. Limited of Japan to supply the water tanks and accessories for the global markets for 3 years. The annual export revenue for this contract is RM8.8 million.
||Manufacturing Division works towards achieving the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System certification.
||The Infrastructure Division works towards achieving the ISO 9001:2000 certification for its engineering operations.
In April 2007, George Kent embarked on initiatives to re-engineer, transform and streamlined its businesses into four core divisions, namely, Meters, Manufacturing, Contracts and Industrial/Systems Divisions. This is in line with the objective of having better focus and emphasis in growing the businesses significantly in meeting the strategic five years plan.
||On 16 February 2009, George Kent secured the RM 97.75 million contract from the Ministry of Health, Malaysia to design, build, complete, and commission & maintain upgrading works for the Kuala Lipis Hospital, Pahang. The project is scheduled to be completed by 25 August 2011.
||On 11 January 2010, GKM’s issued and paid up share capital totaled RM112,609,313 comprising 225,218,626 shares of 50sen each, following compulsory conversion of 122,992 ICULS, being the balance of the 66,764,000 ICULS issued on 30 September 2003, into 122,992 new ordinary shares of the Company.
In June 2010, the “George Kent – Loh & Loh – Hazama Joint Venture” secured the Package 3A of the inter-state raw water transfer project, Semantan Intake And Pumping Station Works, valued at RM317.6 million. The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2014.
In July 2010, George Kent secured the RM129.8 million project to construct and complete a 160mld Water Treatment Plant in Pancing, Kuantan, Pahang in joint venture with Leika Sdn Bhd. The project is scheduled to be completed in August 2013.
History was created in George Kent in December 2010 when the Manufacturing Division achieved the 1st ONE MILLIONTH Water Meter.
On 14 March 2011, George Kent 75th Anniversary Celebrations at InterContinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur was officially launched by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia YB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. More then 500 guests attended the ceremony.