All Cosmos builds new micro-organism plant
All Cosmos Industries Sdn Bhd, a Taiwanese venture in Malaysia, will invest RM15 million to build a new manufacturing plant to produce micro-organisms for use in fertiliser production.
The new 120,000 sq ft plant, the company’s fourth, will be located in Pasir Gudang, Johor, its Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Tony Peng said.
Work on the plant is scheduled to start by year-end and the plant is expected to be commissioned in the third quarter of next year, he added.
Currently, the company operates two plants in the Pasir Gudang Industrial Estate and another in the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) Lahad Datu Sabah via a 55:45 joint venture with Yayasan Sabah's unit, Sabah Softwoods.
The two existing Pasir Gudang plants with a total annual production of 150,000 tonnes are producing bio-organic fertiliser in the form of pellets, powder and liquid based on a combination of organic, non-organic and micro-organism materials.
Meanwhile, its RM50 million Sabah plant with an annual production capacity of 200,000 tonnes is scheduled to be operational in October, producing bio-chemical fertilisers, targeting the oil palm plantation sector in Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan.
The company, which has a plant in Gaomi, Shandong in China, also plans to set up a plant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2014.
Datuk Tony Peng sees strong potential for micro-organisms for fertiliser application as Malaysia and Indonesia have the biggest oil palm plantations and micro-organisms are known to be among the key materials in fertiliser production as they prevent fungus and other plant diseases which mainly affect the roots.
The company via its subsidiary All-Cosmos Bio-Tech Corporation (ACBT) has also set up a RM7 million research center at its plant in Johor in partnership with University Technology Malaysia (UTM) The research focuses on the types of effective microorganisms and variants for application in the food and health sectors especially for green products, food supplements and enzymes.
Adapted from StarBiz 14 June 2012 and All-Cosmos website
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