Sime Darby Plantation embraces scientific and technological developments to remain operationally efficient, sustainable and competitive.  

Innovation is in our DNA. It’s a deep-rooted business focus underpinned by our heritage in research and development.     

Sime Darby Plantation has been at the forefront of agriculture research and development since early 1900s. We have made considerable contributions in pioneering developing, and commercializing various best agro-management practices in the oil palm as well as rubber industry -  a few of which have received international recognition and became the industry’s golden standard:

Zero-burning Replanting Technique
Introduced commercially by Sime Darby Plantation in 1985, this has proven to be the most environment-friendly replanting technique and was subsequently adopted as the industry standard in palm oil replanting. In 1992, Sime Darby Plantation was admitted into the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Global 500 Roll of Honour for Environmental Achievement during Rio Earth Summit for the development and commercialisation of this technique.

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Genome Select™
One of the first companies in the world to successfully sequence, assemble and annotate the oil palm genome in 2009.

This breakthrough in genome science has culminated in the development of our Genome Select™ oil palm breed which achieved the Edison Award in 2017 (Energy and Sustainable Category).

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Hotspot Management System
As part of our policy for sustainable practices and safe working place, we install this fire monitoring dashboard in interest of transparency and to provide insights that could lead to long-term solutions to the recurring haze situation based on satellite data. The initiative was recognised through the Asia Geospatial Excellence Awards by GeoSmart Asia in 2016 for application of geospatial information and technology in plantation in Asia Pacific.

Other notable contributions of our R&D: 
  • Integrated Pest Management 
  • Leading management practices on water conservation and irrigation,
  • Conversion of EFB and POME into compost for plantations
  • Developing new series of high quality oil palm planting material; 
  • Further optimisation of downstream processes to improve refinery’s efficiency and product quality; 
  • Developing and commercialising of healthier oil and nutraceutical products; and 
  • Membrane latex filtration, leading to higher recovery of latex concentrate from waste streams.
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