Joint venture JJ-Muntons celebrated the official opening of its new 3,000sqm manufacturing facility at the IEAT Free Zone Area at Hemaraj Chonburi Industrial Estate, Thailand on April 27, 2016.
In the presence of some 200 guests, including Managing Director of Muntons PLC in the UK, Alan Ridealgh, Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) Chairman, Heinrich Jessen and Executive Board member Alex Chan prayers and blessing were performed by nine Thai Buddhist monks. This was followed by a traditional Thai Blessing Dance and Thai Drumming Show, before the official ribbon cutting.
Guests, including business partners and key customers from across the region and government representatives, were given a guided tour of the facility and treated to malted drinks and cookies to showcase the versatile applications of malted ingredients.
“This joint underscores Jebsen & Jessen (SEA)’s strategic desire to play a greater role in the value chain of the products and services that we provide to the market,” said Mr. Jessen. “It is a formidable combination of four critical factors: first, the best-in-kind technology, quality raw materials and global brand from Muntons; second, the extensive market access, distribution network and integrated operations know-how from Jebsen & Jessen (SEA); third, our shared commitment to invest and grow here; and fourth, the attractiveness of Thailand as a regional manufacturing and logistics hub.”
For Muntons, which has been supplying ingredients across South East Asia and Thailand for many years, the joint venture facility is “the realisation of a dream that started some years ago,” according to Alan Ridealgh, Managing Director of Muntons PLC in the UK. Sales and Marketing Director Neil Pearmain is also hopeful that will “bring benefits to the local community and to the company’s business interests in the UK”.
For, Marc Deschamps, Regional Managing Director of Jebsen & Jessen Ingredients, the facility holds great significance: “This is a very important investment ‘in ASEAN for ASEAN’. The site will provide great customer flexibility in the supply of fresh malted products with shorter lead times and closer technical service and product development. The new plant will also have the capability of producing customised formulations in small batch sizes for customers.”
The manufacturing flexibility and economies of scale at the facility are also unmatched in the industry, according to Colin Whitehouse, General Manager of JJ-Muntons. “The vacuum drier is one of the largest ever built. All process equipment is very much automated, which is why we only need 23 staff, including 15 direct production operators, to operate the factory 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The site is technologically supported by its own strong Quality Assurance facility, a dedicated Muntons PLC Regional Innovation Center as well as Jebsen & Jessen Ingredient’s Regional Application laboratory in Bangkok.”
JJ-Muntons’ impressive new US$17.5 million facility is located in Chonburi, near Bangkok’s deep sea port. This makes it a hub for South East Asia with domestic and export transport facilities by road, air and sea. Customers can enjoy fast and efficient delivery to any destination in South East Asia within just a few days.