Sime Darby Plantation Expands Animal Feed Venture with PURAFEX

Superior feed ingredient from oil palm provides better value

Kuala Lumpur, 25 April 2017 – Sime Darby Plantation (SDP), the world’s largest producer of certified sustainable palm oil, today launched PURAFEX, a superior quality animal feed ingredient, laying the foundation for its foray into the animal feed business. 

PURAFEX is made from palm kernel expellers (PKE), a by-product after palm kernels are crushed for their oil. SDP and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) developed a patented technology to produce PURAFEX.

Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, officially launched PURAFEX at SDP’s Carey Island Kernel Crushing Plant. The plant also houses a new system to produce PURAFEX, which was built with full funding by MPOB. 

“PURAFEX is a healthier and cost effective alternative for the animal feed industry. Our target was to produce an animal feed ingredient with the quality that would at least be on par with the current range available in the market. After a year of feed trials, careful assessment and comparison, I am proud to announce that PURAFEX has outperformed this expectation,” said Datuk Franki Anthony Dass, Managing Director of SDP. 

Trials of feed containing PURAFEX have produced healthier chickens with much lower fat content. In addition, while the growth rate of the poultry fed with animal feed containing PURAFEX was comparable to other commercial feed, the mortality rate was shown to be lower than 3%, much lower than the industry standard of 4 to 5%.

The Carey Island Kernel Crushing Plant will be able to cater to 10 per cent of the total industry demand for chicken feed. SDP believes that demand for PURAFEX will grow in tandem with the growth in food demand based on the country’s increasing population. Malaysia’s population is projected to rise to more than 33 million in 2020.
  • Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities (centre) examining PURAFEX – a superior quality animal feed ingredient during the official launch event of  Sime Darby Plantation’s  Pre-Cleaning System and animal feed ingredient at the Carey Island Kernel Crushing Plant.
  • The launch of PURAFEX – Sime Darby Plantation’s superior quality animal feed ingredient by Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities (2nd from left), witnessed by Datuk Franki Anthony Dass, Managing Director of Sime Darby Plantation (far left);  Datuk Seri Haji Ahmad Hamzah, Chairman of Malaysian Palm Oil Board (2nd from right); and Mohd Haris Mohd Arshad, Head, Global Trading & Marketing/Downstream, Sime Darby Plantation  (far right).
“The versatility of palm oil has been well established with its usage in a wide variety of products and applications. Different parts of the oil palm fruit and tree, right down to its by-products offer tremendous commercial benefits. As part of our sustainability agenda, Sime Darby Plantation collaborated with MPOB and developed this palm kernel pre-cleaning system to further enhance the value of PKE as an animal feed ingredient for the poultry and aquaculture industries,” he added. 

PURAFEX may prove to be significant for the national poultry industry where the cost of poultry feed accounts for 60 to 70% of total production cost, mainly due to the imported maize and soy used in chicken feed. Malaysia spends an average of RM5.6 billion on animal feed every year and about 55 per cent of that is spent on importing maize alone. The country is planning to reduce its feed corn imports by at least 50 per cent over the next few years*. 

“PURAFEX can now be used to replace these imported ingredients. If PURAFEX accounts for 30% of the feed ingredient, this would deliver a minimum savings of more than 10% or around RM180 per tonne of chicken feed cost, depending on the prevailing market price,” explained Mohd Haris Mohd Arshad, Head of Downstream operations for SDP.

*(Source: Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry interview with The Star, July 2016  

About Sime Darby Plantation
Sime Darby Plantation is the plantation and agri-business arm of the Sime Darby Group – a Malaysia-based diversified multinational with businesses in five core sectors, as well as operations in 25 countries and 4 territories worldwide. 

It is one of the world’s largest plantation companies, producing about 4% of the global Crude Palm Oil (CPO) output. As an integrated plantation company, Sime Darby Plantation is involved in the full spectrum of the palm oil value chain. Its current Upstream operations which consist predominantly of oil palm cultivation, harvesting and milling are spread across Malaysia, Indonesia and Liberia, and its Downstream business which spans across 16 countries worldwide, involves the manufacturing as well as the sales and marketing activities of oils and fats products, oleochemicals, palm oil-based biodiesel, as well as other palm oil derivatives and renewables. 

Sime Darby Plantation is one of the co-founding members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the world’s largest producer of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), with an annual production of 2.2 million tonnes. As a leader in plantation sustainability, Sime Darby Plantation is committed to its role in the development and promotion of sustainable practices and products in the palm oil sector.

About Sime Darby Group
Sime Darby is a Malaysia-based diversified multinational involved in key growth sectors, namely, plantation, industrial equipment, motors, property and logistics. Founded in 1910, its business divisions seek to create positive benefits in the economy, environment and society where it has a presence.
With a workforce of over 120,000 employees in 25 countries and 4 territories, Sime Darby is committed to building a sustainable future for all its stakeholders. It is one of the largest companies on Bursa Malaysia with a market capitalisation of RM63.04bn (USD14.33bn) as of 21 April 2017.
For further information, please contact:

Carl Dagenhart  
Head, Corporate Communications Department  
Sime Darby Plantation Sdn. Bhd.
Tel : (6019) 2220285 / (603) 78485414 
Fax : (603) 7848 5361 
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