12/13/2011

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MALAYSIA: Synthomer to invest RM110 million to expand Pasir Gudang plant

The expansion would transform the plant to be the world's largest dedicated to nitrile latex production for the glove-dipping industry, said Synthomer.
"The latest expansion to the Pasir Gudang plant is driven by Synthomer's need to satisfy its customers increasing demand to meet nitrile latex worldwide growth in medical examination and industrial gloves manufacture," it said in a statement on 9 Dec. 2011.
An estimated RM250 million has already been invested in this state-of-the-art plant. Equipped with the latest global scale technology, Synthomer has confirmed an initial output capacity of up to 100,000WT (weight tonne) per year, which has been achieved to meet both global and local demands.
It said construction work has already started for the two-phase expansion, which will increase the site capacity by over 60 %, with the first phase starting production in the third quarter of next year and followed quickly by the second phase.
Earlier this year, Synthomer completed the fifth phase expansion of its plant in Kluang. The combined capacity of the Pasir Gudang and Kluang plants will be 300,000WT a year in 2013.
Synthomer's Pasir Gudang plant was recently acquired following the takeover of Polymer Latex GmbH by Synthomer's parent company, Yule Catto & Co plc. It was commissioned in October 2009.
Source: "Bernama" (Malaysian National News Agency), Kuala Lumpur; 9 Dec 2011(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)

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