MIECO commissioned its first production line in 1976, making it the pioneer in particleboard manufacturing in Malaysia using rubber wood, or now known as tropical oak wood. MIECO has factories located in Gebeng and Kechau Tui, Pahang. MIECO also has the single largest particleboard line in the Asia-Pacific region when it started operations located at its latest plant in Kechau Tui, which started production in March 2005. This plant attained the BS EN ISO 9001:2000 and MS ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Systems on 1 June 2005.
MIECO's particleboards, or sometimes known as chipboards, conform to international quality standards such as the European Community's BS EN 312 standard, applicable for both moisture-resistant and non-moisture resistant boards with E1 and E2 formaldehyde emission levels. Under MIECO's Corporate Mission from being a plain particleboard producer in 1976, MIECO developed and expanded into value-added products such as MIECO Decorative MFC, Electron Beam Foil Chipboard ('EBFC') and Polymer Faced Chipboard ('PFC') products, MIECO Worktop, MIECO DPF Board, to value-added services and DIY furniture series under the MIECO Livin Style brand name. Adding to the expanding list of value-added products, MIECO in collaboration with its technology partner from Pfleiderer, Germany, under its brand name, Duropal, introduced MIECO Decorative High Pressure Laminate Chipboard (‘HPLC’), with its unique properties of anti-bacteria, micro-PLUS, designed with special features of high gloss high abrasion resistance, and stone textures.
With the growing concern for the environment, especially from the developed countries, MIECO commercialised the production of the Super E0 particleboard in 2003, or referred to as the F-4 Star grade in Japan, designed with very low formaldehyde emission.
In 2004, MIECO became the first company in Malaysia wood-panel industry to receive the prestigious BS EN ISO 14001:1996 Environmental Management System accredited by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance. In line with this, MIECO also successfully attained the certification for the Occupational Health and Safety Management System 18001:1999 in March 2005.
Having established a dominant presence in the domestic market, MIECO went on an export campaign in 1995 and exports to over 20 countries including China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, Africa, and the Australasian countries. In anticipation of the economic expansion in China, MIECO set up a representative office in Guangzhou, China and a regional office in Hong Kong in 1999 and 2000 respectively.
With the expanded capacity, MIECO will be a force to be reckoned with in the Asia-Pacific region and is set to be a major player in the particleboard industry.