Award-winning sustainable plantation management company, Asia Plantation Capital, has officially obtained a full manufacturing and processing license, after an assessment of its agarwood distillery and research centre. The license was awarded by the Majlis Perbandaran Pasir Gudang (MPPG: the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council), the local authority that administrates Pasir Gudang, Johor Bahru – where the state of the art facility is located – as well as other areas in the Iskandar Malaysia region.
In essence, the MPPG license is a benchmarking scheme for industries to comply with on standards such as safety, the environment, operations and processing criteria, to name but a few. With this license, Asia Plantation Capital is given the green light to manufacture, produce and process all agarwood and related products such as Oud oil, woodchips, bakhoor, incense sticks and more. The license also promotes market recognition of these products, and demonstrates excellence in quality control.
To obtain this license and receive the supporting documents, a thorough and comprehensive inspection was carried out over several months, not only by the MPPG, but also by other bodies such as the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (BOMBA), the Department of Environment, and the Department of Occupational Safety and Health.
Steve Watts, Asia Plantation Capital’s CEO, Asia Pacific said, “The MPPG’s stringent testing criteria represents the industry’s latest standards, and we are very pleased that Asia Plantation Capital has successfully met all the relevant requirements. This comes as another significant milestone for us at Asia Plantation Capital, as we mark our first anniversary of the distillery. It’s a testament to the outstanding work we have put in, and means more to us than mere certification. It proves again how important our commitment is to producing Agarwood of the highest quality, in a sustainable manner, and with respect for the environment. Moreover,” Watts concluded, “it strengthens our stand as a market leader. We will continue to constantly improve our processes and systems to ensure that we are at the forefront of the industry.”
Asia Plantation Capital’s facility incorporates an Oud oil distillery, a wood chip processing centre, a fragrance stick factory and a research centre, and occupies a 44,000 ft² unit in the Masai Industrial Park. Also situated within the complex is a visitor centre, along with a wholesale factory shop stocked with the ever-growing range of agarwood products that APC produces. The facility also houses a laboratory for perfumes and essential oils, Asia Plantation Capital inoculation systems production, and MSDS analysis systems.
Equipped with the latest heat exchange steam distillation units using purified water – as well as a clean energy solar power system to ensure maximum economic efficiency – the factory utilises sustainable and environmentally-friendly energy systems throughout.
Parallel to Asia Plantation Capital’s ethos, part of the MPPG’s mission is to strive to develop a prosperous town in a sustainable manner with the characteristics of a green, urban environment in mind. Asia Plantation Capital’s unceasing commitment and dedication to ‘holistic sustainability’ is not limited solely to its operations, but extends to involving local communities, investing in them, and establishing joint ventures with local farmers to provide and secure jobs.