General manager Syed Mohd Asdi Tuan Ngah said the new capacity represented an increase of more than 100 per cent from the total production before the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) which was 10,000 cans daily.
“Demand for canned food products especially sardines rises tremendously, exceeding 400 per cent during MCO.
“However, we can’t fulfil all the demand as our factory operation has already reaching the optimum capacity,” he said after receiving a visit from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Deputy Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid to the factory yesterday.
Established in 1972 and located in Chendering, the company is a subsidiary of the Terengganu State Economic Development Corporation (PMINT).
Apart from canned sardines, Syed Mohd Asdi said the company also produced eight types of canned food products such as chicken curry, laksa gravy, satay gravy, anchovies sambal, kaya and the the highly demanded sardine spread.
Therefore, he said the company planned to add more machinery in the future to increase productivity to meet the demand within the state and nationwide.
“Our products have been sold in Mydin Hypermarket, Aeon Big and KK Super Mart nationwide but the current supply is insufficient to meet the growing customer demand.
“We have finalised the list of machinery that we need to add and are only waiting for the approval from the board of directors to move to the next step,” he said.
The company was focusing on producing quality products at affordable prices to stay in the market, he added.