Japanese food ingredients firm Ajinomoto is relocating its Ajinomoto Malaysia Berhad (AMB) business to new facility at techpark@enstek, in Bandar Enstek, Malaysia.
The new facility will cost MYR 355 million (€79 million) to develop and will be operational by 2022, the company said.
At the new facility, AMB will produce a range of seasonings and other products for processed food manufacturers, focusing largely on halal products.
The group, which has been in Malaysia since 1961, said that it was moving the facility 'to ensure a satisfactory environment for stable production in the future'.
It added that techpark@enstek was selected as it 'offers an infrastructure that meets halal standards, good conditions for logistics, and the potential to secure additional space in the event of future business expansion'.
The new facility is also more energy efficient, the company noted, as it uses natural gas instead of oil, while the company is also examining introducing renewable energy, such as solar power, at the site.
'With the construction of this new plant, which will not only feature enhanced functions but will also be deeply rooted in the region and proactively address environmental and social issues, AMB aims to make a greater contribution to society in Malaysia and neighboring ASEAN and other countries,' the group said.
Ajinomoto has offices in 35 countries, and sells products in more than 130 markets. Sales at the group last year were 1.124 trillion yen (€9.52 billion).
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