ZWIJNDRECHT (THE NETHERLANDS): The new fractionation plant of Unimills B.V, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Golden Hope Plantations Bhd, was officially launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yesterday.
This is the first fractionation plant for Unimills and also the first such plant built by Golden Hope abroad.
Golden Hope acquired Unimills from Unilever in 2002 as part of its overall effort to become a global leader in the oils and fats industry.
The 4-million euro plant, completed in November last year, will enable Unimills – Europe's second largest edible oil refinery – to produce 80,000 tonnes of fractionated products a year and 450,000 tonnes of refined products annually.
Unimills’ activities include refining crude palm oil and other vegetable oils and fats into end products, mainly for the food industry. It manufactures 149 products from 14 types of oil such as palm oil, refined palm stearin, palm kernel oil, coconut oil, rapeseed oil and sunflower oil. It supplies to food producers such as margarine, snacks and ice-cream manufacturers and the bakery industry.
The Prime Minister, who is on a five-day official visit to Germany and The Netherlands, also launched Unimills’ new logo and tagline “Vital to Food” and was taken on a tour of the new plant.
Abdullah also witnessed the signing of two agreements and a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
The MoU was signed between Rubiatec Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Golden Hope, and Biox Group BV, Europe’s largest and fastest growing supplier of bio-fuel for energy generation.
Under the MoU, Rubiatec will supply stearin to Biox for use as bio-fuel to generate energy from palm oil power generation plants in The Netherlands.
The next stage is the transfer of technology by Biox to Golden Hope on bio-fuel production.Golden Hope also signed a collaboration agreement with a global organisation, the CAB International, which will involve both parties combining their expertise to embark on research and capacity-building activities to enhance the sustainability of plantation agriculture.
A separate project signed by Golden Hope and CAB yesterday will enable both parties to carry out research on the usage of micro-organisms to enhance soil fertility.
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