JOHOR BARU: Three Singapore-based food-processing companies will be investing over RM500mil to set up their manufacturing facilities in Johor this year.
Johor State Investment Centre (JSIC) general manager Mohamed Basir Mohamed Sali said the facilities would be located in dedicated industrial areas in Iskandar Malaysia.
He declined to elaborate on the companies and locations of the plants.
Basir said the locations could either be in Kulai, Senai or Port of Tanjung Pelepas Free Zone.
“One of them will be setting up a plant with a built up area of 37,161 sq m and we will be signing an agreement with it soon,” Basir told StarBiz.
At present, food products, food processing and agro-based activities in Iskandar are largely concentrated in Johor Baru district covering Skudai, Tebrau, Ulu Tiram and Masai, Pasir Gudang and Senai-Kulai.
The food and agro processing industry is one of the five existing economic pillars under the Iskandar Malaysia Comprehensive Development Plan.
The other industries are electrical and electronics, petrochemical and oleochemical, logistic and related services and tourism.
Four new pillars have been added to the plan namely health services, educational services, financial services and information and communications technology and creative industries.
Basir said apart from the Singapore-based food companies, Japanese food companies, especially the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from Osaka and Tokyo have shown interest to invest in Johor.
According to him, the Japanese companies have said Johor would be the best place to relocate their operations due to its strategic location and close proximity with Singapore.
“They are keen to get the halal certification for their products as the global market for halal food is growing,” said Basir.
He said two sites have been identified for the halal parks in Iskandar – one in Nusajaya near the Southern Industrial and Logistics Clusters and the 40.46ha site in Pasir Gudang belonging to Johor Corp.
Basir said JSIC together with the Iskandar Regional Development Authority would work closely to promote and develop the halal food industry in Johor.
JSIC is a one-stop centre set up in 2004 to handle investment-related matter and act as a mediator between investors, the state governments and its relevant agencies.
Irda is the regulatory authority mandated to plan, promote and facilitate the development of Iskandar Malaysia into a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing by 2025.
Source by: The Star
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