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Business 05 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Vitaoils MD's ultimate goal: The biggest oils & fats plant

WORKING at the circulation department of a newspaper publisher in 1982 was a good experience for Mazlan Muhammad as he learnt to deal with vendors.

Business 05 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

Vitaoils zeroes in on China

PALM oil and edible oil products maker MM Vitaoils Sdn Bhd (MVSB) plans to make China one of the biggest markets for its liquid cooking oils and solid fat products, including margarine and shortening, by early next year, managing director Mazlan Muhammad said.

Business 04 Mar 2005 | 12:00 AM

RM40m for MPOB methyl ester plant

THE Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) has allocated RM40mil for the setting up of a methyl ester production plant in Labu, Negri Sembilan, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui said.

Business 17 Feb 2005 | 12:00 AM

Research houses bearish on plantation sector

SPOOKED by India's decision on Tuesday to raise import tax on crude palm oil (CPO), refined, bleached and deodorise (rbd) palm oil and palm olein, and the continued rise in palm oil stocks, research houses have turned bearish on the plantation sector.

Business 17 Jan 2005 | 12:00 AM

CPO's mild recovery to continue

CRUDE palm oil (CPO) futures prices on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives sank to its worst levels in 16 months early last week and rebounded on a mild upward correction to close the week with minor losses. Concerns about declining exports and softer Chicago Board of Trade soyoil futures prices continued to dampen sentiment.

Business 03 Jan 2005 | 12:00 AM

More sideways congestion ahead

G.M. Teoh previews commodities.

Business 21 Dec 2004 | 12:00 AM

Plantation sector to keep growing

The plantation sector is set to maintain good growth in 2005. United Plantations Bhd executive director (corporate affairs) Carl Bek-Nielsen, Golden Hope Bhd group chief executive Datuk Sabri Ahmad and PPB Oil Palms Bhd's MD Khoo Eng Min give their views in interviews with StarBiz.

Business 18 Nov 2004 | 12:00 AM

IOI Corp first quarter pre-tax profit higher at RM321m

IOI Corp Bhd has reported a 26.7% increase in pre-tax profit to RM321mil in the first quarter (Q1) ended Sept 30 against RM253.3mil in the same period last year, thanks to higher crop production and firmer palm oil prices.

Business 17 Sep 2004 | 12:00 AM

JP Morgan gives positive rating to plantation sector

JP Morgan yesterday made a sharp reversal in its recommendation on the Malaysian plantation sector, raising its rating to overweight from underweight previously.

Health 14 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

Essential multi-vitamins

High-dose multivitamins that cost US$15 (RM57) annually can be a cost-effective way to delay the progression of HIV into AIDS, and also delay the initiation of expensive antiretroviral therapy, according to researchers.