PNG man­u­fac­tur­ers’ vote of con­fi­dence

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While Pa­pua New Guinea’s econ­omy has slowed in the past year, many of the coun­try’s man­u­fac­tur­ers con­tinue to see growth as the longer-term trend, and are in­vest­ing in new plant and equip­ment, new prod­ucts and ap­proaches to mar­ket­ing.

While Pa­pua New Guinea’s econ­omy has slowed in the past year, many of the coun­try’s man­u­fac­tur­ers con­tinue to see growth as the longer-term trend, and are in­vest­ing in new plant and equip­ment, new prod­ucts and ap­proaches to mar­ket­ing.

‘We’ve prob­a­bly in­jected more cap­i­tal into this business in the last three years than we have pre­vi­ously—a com­bi­na­tion of re­plac­ing age­ing equip­ment and also putting more ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies into our plant,’ says Goodman Fielder Asi­aPa­cific’s Gen­eral Man­ager for PNG, Peter Tan­nahill.

The food man­u­fac­turer is in the process of fi­nal­is­ing the con­struc­tion of a brand new snack plant in Lae, con­sol­i­dat­ing its man­u­fac­tur­ing sites in that city into one lo­ca­tion.

‘It’s a com­bi­na­tion of get­ting ev­ery­thing onto one site, but also up­grad­ing our ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity,’ says Tan­nahill, who in­di­cates the com­pany will be con­tin­u­ing to in­vest in cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture over the next cou­ple of years. Goodman Fielder’s move fol­lows on from that of Lae Bis­cuit Com­pany, which has reaped the ben­e­fits of its ma­jor new fac­tory since it opened in Lae in 2010.

Com­pa­nies to open sig­nif­i­cant new plants in Lae (PNG’s in­dus­trial hub) in the past year in­clude meat pro­ces­sor Prima Small­go­ods (see page 14) and fish-can­ning joint ven­ture Ma­jes­tic Seafoods (see page 16).

Mean­while, lo­cal food man­u­fac­turer Par­adise Foods is build­ing a ma­jor new bot­tling plant in the city, as part of its on­go­ing plans to re-launch the Pepsi-Cola drink brand in PNG (see page 15).

‘Com­pa­nies to open new plants in Lae in the past year in­clude Prima Small­go­ods and Ma­jes­tic Seafoods.’

Brewer’s rise

Based on in­creased de­mand for beer and other bev­er­ages, S P Brew­ery has in­volved in a ma­jor multi-year cap­i­tal in­vest­ment pro­gram for its plants in both Lae and Port Moresby.

Gen­eral Man­ager Stan Joyce ex­pects the up­grades to be com­pleted by June 2014.

‘If you don’t re­place equip­ment ev­ery now and again, it be­comes in­ef­fi­cient. So there are ef­fi­ciency gains, there’s a greater di­ver­sity of prod­ucts and of pack­ag­ing con­fig­u­ra­tions,’ says Stan Joyce.

New prod­ucts, higher qual­ity

An­other Lae-based com­pany, in­dus­trial and house­hold sup­plies man­u­fac­turer K K Kingston, has ‘re­turned to our core business’ in 2013, ac­cord­ing to Gen­eral Man­ager, Michael Kingston. A key part of this is a pro­gram of restruc­tur­ing and ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion.

‘Our Speed­way pro­ject con­tin­ues to progress. This is a pro­ject to con­sol­i­date all our Lae op­er­a­tions onto one new green-field site on the out­skirts of Lae,’ he says. Kingston is also ex­pand­ing its range of prod­ucts. ‘We have in­tro­duced a num­ber of new and up­dated prod­ucts in 2013. This in­cludes a new pa­per towel prod­uct, a new toi­let pa­per prod­uct and a new-for­mula laun­dry de­ter­gent pow­der to up­grade our cur­rent prod­uct,’ ex­plains Kingston.

‘We ex­pect to bring six to 10 new prod­ucts to mar­ket in 2014.’ Chicken pro­ducer Tablebirds is an­other com­pany em­brac­ing higher qual­ity, and is cur­rently cer­ti­fy­ing its pro­cess­ing plant to meet international stan­dards.

‘It means we can be able to sell our prod­ucts to lo­cal mar­kets in­clud­ing the mines, gas, oil and ex­tract­ing in­dus­tries, as well as ob­tain op­por­tu­ni­ties if they present them­selves for ex­port,’ says Dr Keith Gal­gal, Main­land Hold­ings Lim­ited’s Cor­po­rate Af­fairs and Re­search Man­ager.

Lae-based man­u­fac­turer K K Kingston is just one of a num­ber of man­u­fac­tur­ers mak­ing ma­jor in­vest­ments in new plant.

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