09 July 2012
Cocoa processor Guan Chong Bhd's total annual capacity rose to 200,000 metric tonnes after commissioning second production line at its Batam Plant
Guan Chong Bhd, one of the leading cocoa processors in the region, has commissioned a second production line at its plant in Batam, which takes the group's total annual capacity to 200,000 metric tonnes.
It said the new 60,000 metric tonnes line brings the Batam facility's yearly output to 120,000 metric tonnes.
The company also has a cocoa grinding plant in Pasir Gudang which is capable of producing up to 80,000 metric tonnes a year.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Brandon Tay Hoe Lian said commissioning of the second production line marked a new corporate milestone for the group.
"With the commissioning of the second line in Batam, our new total annual cocoa grinding capacity will consolidate our position as one of the regional leaders in this industry," he said in a statement.
Aside from cocoa grinding facilities, the new line would also provide powder pulverising and butter deodorising capabilities, he said.
The company had invested RM70 million capital expenditure in the second line and to upgrade Batam plant's facilities, he added.