Picking up the pace at Senai Airport City
Doreenn Leong | 07 Dec 2018 00:30
The Hershey Co’s manufacturing plant cuts a lonely figure in the vast 161.87ha Senai Airport City (SAC) Free Industrial Zone in Johor.

North America’s biggest chocolate maker, which invested some RM816 mil in its single largest manufacturing plant in Asia, occupies about 30% of the total area of the SAC free zone. This facility is also Hershey’s single largest investment in Asia in the 18 years of its presence in the region.

The 700,000 sq ft state-of-the art confectionery manufacturing plant officially opened its doors in April last year and Senai Airport City Sdn Bhd (SACSB) was to have filled up the free zone this year but things did not pan out as planned.

SACSB general manager Gan Seng Keong tells FocusM that it had targeted to achieve 100% take up rate for the free zone in 2018 but was hampered by the slowing market.

Withdrawal of Fuji Oil
In fact, Japanese food products supplier Fuji Oil Asia Pte Ltd, which is part of the Fuji Oil Group, entered into a RM53.9 mil lease agreement with SACSB in September 2015 for 60 years to construct and operate its manufacturing facility on about 10ha of the SAC industrial land. However, the lease did not materialise.

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