The official opening ceremony took place on 20 August and was attended by the Danish Ambassador to Malaysia, Nicolai Ruge and the Deputy Minister of Malaysia International Trade and Industry, Datuk Haji Ir Hamim Samuri, in addition to the staff from Palsgaard and our Asian agents and distributors, as well as the architects, contractors and vendors who had contributed to the construction of the factory.
In his opening speech the Ambassador praised the new state-of-the-art production facilities and complemented Palsgaard for applying the latest and modern standards in terms of production technology, energy consumption and environmental safeguards.
During the ceremony the Deputy Minister noted that "food safety increasingly has become a major concern of most Governments worldwide, be it locally produced food or imported ones. Malaysia is no exception. Therefore, it is heartening to note that Palsgaard has reaffirmed commitments to manufacture its products in accordance with the principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (commonly known as HACCP) and simultaneously meet the strictest requirements of food saftely to maintain its reputation as a clean and safe company."
The factory is located in Nusajaya, Johor, in the southern part of Malaysia and has cost approx. 36 million USD to build. The location for Palsgaard's new facility has been chosen specifically for its proximity to the source of raw materials, such as palm oil and its derivatives. Additionally, the infrastructure is very developed and the easy access to the harbour as well as to Palsgaard Singapore's Innovation Centre for dairy, ice cream, soya, bakery, and confectionery applications, makes the location ideal.
The new factory covers an area of approx. 7300m2, comprising a high tech manufacturing plant and R&D facility, laboratory, warehouse and administration center. It is a highly automated plant with integrated energy saving functionalities to ensure the continuation of Palsgaard's dedication to CSR.