Scien­tex’s BOPP film plant starts ops

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Scien­tex Bhd has started the op­er­a­tion of its new bi­ax­i­ally ori­ented polypropy­lene (BOPP) film man­u­fac­tur­ing plant on Pu­lau In­dah, Se­lan­gor.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the pack­ag­ing man­u­fac­turer said the new RM220 mil­lion plant, which was built in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ja­pan’s Fu­ta­mura Chem­i­cal Co Ltd, boasts an an­nual pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 60,000 tonnes.

With the new plant, Scien­tex man­ag­ing direc­tor Lim Peng Jin said the com­pany is look­ing for­ward to ful­fill­ing an­tic­i­pated strong mar­ket de­mand, as Malaysia presently im­ports most of its BOPP re­quire­ments due to a short­age in lo­cal sup­ply.

BOPP film forms the pro­tec­tive outer layer of flex­i­ble con­sumer pack­ag­ing, and is com­monly used in the food and bev­er­ages in­dus­try.

Fu­ta­mura holds a 10% stake in Scien­tex’s con­sumer pack­ag­ing unit Scien­tex Great Wall Sdn Bhd. Fu­ta­mura will also pur­chase about one third of the new plant’s an­nual BOPP film pro­duc­tion.

Lim said that the Scien­tex is ac­tively tar­get­ing growth in sales to lo­cal and re­gional play­ers.

“We have been ag­gres­sively mar­ket­ing our high-per­for­mance BOPP film to sev­eral pack­ag­ing play­ers both do­mes­ti­cally and re­gion­ally, and have also con­ducted prod­uct tri­als with them. We are pleased to re­ceive com­mend­able feedback to date, and look for­ward to com­mence sup­ply to them in the near term,” he added.

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