30 Most Influential Companies of the Year 2020
The energy industry has always been highly relevant to the growth of human civilization. But this industry has always been reliant on quality engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC). Malaysia-based Serba Dinamik is the leading company recognized for its EPCC solutions.
Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad is a global integrated engineering solutions provider with proven capabilities in Operation and Maintenance (O&M), Engineering, Procurement Construction and Commissioning (EPCC), and other supporting products and services. The company is widely known as a provider of quality engineering services and solutions for Oil & Gas (O&G) production platform, crude O&G refineries, petrochemical manufacturing plants, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) plants, Power Production Plants, and Water & Utilities Plants.
Mohd Abdul Karim Bin Abdullah is the visionary who established Serba Dinamik in 1993 with skeletal staffing and RM 50,000 in paid-up capital. Typically called Dato’ Karim, he led the company from the front and steered the company get listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia, with market capitalization close to RM 5.73 billion (as at 18 August 2020). Under Dato’ Karim’s leadership, Serba Dinamik is today presents in 24 countries across 6 continents in Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Singapore, USA, UK, UAE, Bahrain, Mexico, amongst others.
As a renowned international energy services and engineering solutions group, the company in the age of digital growth has expanded its activities to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Education & Training (E&T). Its ICT solutions today include customized solutions for various industries, application/web-based and e-commerce business that focuses on mass-market such as QwikPay, Halal2Go and Industry 4.0 related solutions utilizing Mixed Reality, IoT Frameworks, Big Data Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
Education and Training- The Key
Serba Dinamik is now revolutionizing education and training through its efforts in the space. The company’s Education & Training (E&T) business unit offers various certification programs and short courses mainly centered on engineering courses for current and future professionals.
It also provides tertiary learning through the Group’s fully owned university, University Malaysia of Computer Science & Engineering (UniMY) that focuses on developing future skilled-based leaders through technologies, education, research, and innovation. “Serba Dinamik’s masterplan has demonstrated great commitment towards strengthening the digital growth agenda by making requisite investments in developing skills, new technologies, and nurturing entrepreneurship,” says Dato’ Karim.
Serba Dinamik created a Centre of Research and Development (R&D) to solve industrial problems. It provides various training programs to the customers and prospects. “Good education, complemented by relevant training and skills development opportunities will prepare the employees for their future, endowing them with the core skills which enable them to continue learning during their working lifetime,” he adds.
Fostering Growth and Innovation
In this era of rapid digital transformation, new technologies have opened up brand new opportunities and borne new challenges. This has fundamentally transformed customer experiences, operating models, and the work environment. Serba Dinamik has understood the need for innovation. It has leveraged new technologies to update its IT solutions by understanding them and putting them into motion to provide the expected efficiency and productivity.
Beyond its core businesses, Serba Dinamik is also exploring ways in which digitalization and related frontier technology can be used for the consumer market. One of these innovations came through the group’s Qwik Pay app. It is a ticketless and cashless payment solution that was rolled out towards the end of 2018. It was initially developed as a parking management app. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the e-wallet has since expanded its use to the retail space. Its subscribers have also grown significantly to 50,000 with 15,000 of them signing on in the last four months. The number of QwikPay subscribers is expected to jump exponentially in the coming time, following a recent deal signed with an Indonesian province boasting a population of 18 million.
In July, Serba Dinamik also opened a Virtual Reality Park located in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia to visitors. The park comprises VR entertainment rides, an innovation lab, and an eSports Centre. The VR entertainment rides are aimed at igniting creativity and innovation among youth, while the innovation lab serves as a platform for startups to test their products and solutions and network not only among themselves but also with Serba Dinamik’s innovation labs and its partners in India, China and the US.
An Extraordinary Leader
Dato’ Dr. Ir. Ts. Hj Mohd Abdul Karim bin Abdullah, Group CEO and MD
Hailing from a middle-income family Dato’ Karim graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering degree from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1989. He obtained an Honorary PhD in Industrial Engineering from InterAmerican University, USA in 2009 and a PhD in Entrepreneurship from Golden State University, USA in 2012. Recipient of many leadership awards, he is a turbomachinery expert and passionate about technology, digitalization and innovation. Dato Karim has been invited to give numerous talks at many events locally and overseas.
He has been a member of the Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) since 1994, a registered member ofthe Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) since 1996 and a member of the Asean Federation of Engineering Organisation since 2002. Dato Karim currently serves as the Group CEO and
MD for Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad, Chairman for Kumpulan PowerNet Berhad, Sarawak Consolidated Industries Berhad (SCIB) and Bion PLC, fka Green & Smart PLC (listed on AIM London Stock Exchange). He is also the CEO Faculty for Politeknik Kuching and a Trustee member of Malaysia Oil & Gas Services Council (MOGSC).
“Beyond its core businesses, Serba Dinamik is also exploring ways in which digitalization and related frontier technologies can be exploited for the consumer market.”