Medison to set up face mask plant in Sarawak
25 Apr 2022
Selangor-based Medison PPE Sdn Bhd is spreading its wings to Sarawak with the setting up of a surgical face mask manufacturing plant at Vista Industrial Park here.
Medison PPE’s expansion to Sarawak is via Borneo Medison Sdn Bhd, a 50:50 joint venture with Sarawakian investors.
Under the brand name Medison, the parent company also manufactures disinfectant products like sanitiser, medical and non-medical gloves, personal body care and other healthcare products as well as personal protective equipment (PPE).
Medison PPE director David Quah Khuon Huat said Borneo Medison would invest about RM5mil in the surgical face mask manufacturing plant – the first of its kind in Sarawak.
The investment includes the acquisition of a double-storey semi-detached industrial building at Vista Industrial Park, installation of machinery and purchase of raw materials locally.
“The plant is expected to commence operations in three to six months. It will start with three production lines with a production capacity of 200,000 pieces of surgical face masks per day,” he told reporters.
He said that depending on demand, the plant could increase its production lines to 10 to beef up output.
After face masks, Borneo Medison plans to go into the manufacturing of sanitisers and other healthcare products.
Quah said Borneo Medison expects to sell at least two million pieces of surgical face masks per month in Sarawak, which has an estimated monthly demand of 10 million pieces.
Currently, Medison face masks are marketed and sold in Sarawak by distributors and dealers. Medison surgical face masks are sold for RM28 per box (50 pieces).
He said Medison PPE decided to set up a manufacturing plant here to cater for local demand and address the logistical problems to ship them from Peninsular Malaysia to ensure constant supply at all times.
Borneo Medison director Datuk Ismail Suut said the Kuching plant will be on par with international standard, given its state-of-the-art production machinery.
Ismail said to provide certified face masks of surgical grade, only medically graded materials will be sourced during the pre-manufacturing phase.
Source: The Star