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Malaysia’s first oil palm-based pulp and paper mill.

Najib (4th right), Lim (4th left) with (from left) State Felda Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Abu Bakar Harun, Pahang State Secretary Datuk Seri Muhamad Safian Ismail, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water Secretary General Datuk Loo Took Gee, and Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGV) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad

BHS Industries Bhd (BHS), which is primarily involved in printing and publishing (P&P), has begun venturing into a new sustainable green business venture with Malaysia’s first oil palm-based pulp and paper mill.

BHS aims to achieve this through the setting up of a green technology driven, paper mill factory using a patented Malaysian-owned technology called Preconditioning Refiner Chemical-Recycle Bleached Mechanised Pulp (PRC-RBMP).

The thrust of the project is not only to revolutionise the P&P industry by providing a new source of eco-friendly and sustainable paper and pulp, but to also provide Malaysia with an alternative source of local paper and pulp products.

Managing director of BHS, Datuk Lim Thiam Huat shared, “In essence, using this new proprietary ‘green’ technology, we can save over 200 million trees which are currently being cut down every year for paper pulp production. While seemingly ambitious, this goal is in fact realistically achievable with the co-operation and combined efforts of the authorities as well as all respective stakeholders. To date there are an estimated 440 Palm Oil Mills in Malaysia generating 20 million tonnes of Empty Fruit Bunches (EFB) per annum, which they are facing the major challenge of disposing of. The P&P industry meanwhile is utilising raw material from the cutting down of trees which are a dwindling resource. BHS therefore aims to bridge the gap between the needs of these two industries, creating an abundant alternative raw material source for the P&P industry while simultaneously transforming EFB into a saleable commodity for the Palm Oil industry.”

The new mill will involve the processing and manufacturing of Palm Oil Industrial waste known as EFB into renewable paper pulp products.

Accordingly, the paper mill factory using PRC-RBMP, spans 26 acres of land which was granted by Pahang’s state Government.

With direct synergistic links to BHS’s core business in P&P, it marks the beginning of the Company’s business transformation through the spearheading of a new sustainable ‘green’ industry.

PRC-RBMP is an evolving basic platform that can be built on to create new technologies for the conversion of all other waste from Palm Oil Mills into usable and saleable commodities.

Ultimately, the consolidation of all these technologies will be known as “Oil Palm ‘Zero Waste’ Technology” and will offer a diverse source of new income derived from the trading of pulp and paper, royalties, consultancy services, the design, supply and fabrication of machineries, and the construction of new facilities.

BHS is therefore currently collaborating with the Federal Land Development Agency (Felda) to leverage on continuous access to EFB waste from oil palm processing operations and to assist the Palm Oil Mills themselves by using what is now regarded as a waste product to be discarded.

Harnessing the PRC-RBMP technology effectively, will allow the conversion of seven million tonnes of pulp per annum of existing EFB waste in Malaysia.

This will bring about a number socio-economic benefits: new jobs are expected to be created in the surrounding areas and across the state; increased economic development especially among rural communities which will subsequently improve their standard of living; Pekan’s workforce will be propelled towards being more knowledge-based.

Lim further added, “This business transformation heralds an exciting new chapter for the company that will provide a long-term and recurring revenue stream by focusing on green and sustainable business practices.”

He said, “It is our goal to ultimately realise ‘Zero Waste’ and to assist the Pahang State Government in creating and growing a Green Technology Park in the nearby town of Pekan, while simultaneously operating a profitable business model with high growth potential.”

“The project and the subsequent benefits it will bring, aims to highlight Malaysia as taking a pivotal role in environmental conservation within the region, and concurrently become a major player in the global paper production market.

“Given time, the further development Oil Palm ‘Zero Waste’ technology effectively will strengthen the Palm Oil Industry, rejuvenating it into a major economic pillar for Malaysia, as well as put us on the world-map of green initiatives as a leading innovator.”

BHS, through its subsidiary Nextgreen Pulp and Paper Sdn Bhd, held an official ground-breaking ceremony at the Rest Area along kilometre 26.8, Lebuhraya Gambang – Segamat, Palo Hinai, Pekan, Pahang, recently. The ceremony was officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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