New factory to produce gloves minus the odour


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 23 Oct 2005

IPOH: Kamunting will be the site of a new rubber glove factory and residents there need not dread the stench that usually comes with such operations. 

The State Development Corporation has approved a 12ha piece of land for the high-tech factory that will have an odour-free production process. 

To be built with an initial outlay of RM40mil, the plant is a joint venture between a Malaysian public-listed firm and two companies from Germany and China. 

State Industrial and Entrepreneur Development Committee chairman Datuk Ramly Zahari said the factory would be the first in Perak to use this process to produce gloves. 

“One of the constant issues concerning plants manufacturing rubber products is the smell because of the chemicals used. 

“Using sophisticated technology, we want to have a new model that will produce no smell during the manufacturing process,” he told reporters after taking 36 orphans and poor children shopping for Hari Raya clothes and shoes at the Megoplex shopping complex here yesterday. 

The venture came about after a recent trade mission by the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry to Italy, France and Germany to explore markets for Malaysia’s rubber products. 

Ramly said while Germany and China would be involved in the venture, the factory would employ up to 3,000 local workers. 

He added that Kamunting was chosen as the area had access to the national gas grid, which would help reduce the higher costs of manufacturing. 

The factory, he said, was a smart move in light of today’s attractive rubber prices. 

“For Italy, France and Germany, Malaysia is their third largest contributor of rubber products after Indonesia and Thailand. 

“We expect to export about 70% of these gloves when the factory starts production in a year’s time,” he said. 

Declining to name the Malaysian firm involved, Ramly said the companies planned to invest a total of RM200mil in the factory over 10 years.  

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