NILAI, Dec 8 -- Kumpulan Star Medik, through its subsidiary, Tropical Bioessence Sdn Bhd has set sales target of RM30 million next year following the upgrading its lemongrass essential oil extract distillation mill worth RM1.9 million in Masjid Tanah, Melaka.
Kumpulan Star Medik chief executive director Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Latif said the 20,000-square-foot mill, which had been operating for almost 14 years, would be upgraded to produce 1,800 tonnes of lemongrass essential oil extract a month starting next year.
As one of the largest suppliers of lemongrass extract globally, he said the company produces lemongrass extract as an ingredient in cosmetics, perfumes, pharmaceuticals and food globally.
“This project is a two-pronged project catering for the domestic industry, as well the export market besides helping the rural community, especially small and medium-scale farmers.
"To achieve this goal and to obtain sufficient and continuous supply of raw materials, the company will work with the local community to carry out contract farming activities," he told a press conference after the pre -launch ceremony of the company’s lemongrass extract production mill here today.
Tajuddin said 1214.1 hectares (3,000 acres) a year were needed to meet the demand for lemongrass extract.
He said the mill would help the rural community, especially smallholders, in several states, especially Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, and Selangor generate income.
In line with the post-COVID-19 economic recovery effort, the mill serves as an economic catalyst for smallholders, especially in cultivating lemongrass as a community-base crop, he said, adding that the lemongrass essential oil extract would be marketed to Japan, as well as Middle Eastern and European countries starting next year.
Star Medik is a leading company specialising in medical pathway management care and has proven track records in medical ventilator management through cooperation with Switzerland’s Hamilton Medical, a leading manufacturer of critical care ventilation solutions for a wide variety of patient populations, applications, and environments.
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