Baerlocher Expands Seremban Facility

Market Expertz   |     June 04, 2019


Baerlocher, a leading additive manufacturing company, recently expanded its Seremban site, increasing its presence in the Malaysian region. The new site features an added production line for metal stearates as well as a new warehouse and an office facility. In order to expand its business in the region, the company is investing nearly $10 million in the new site. At the Seremban unit, located near South of Kuala Lumpur, the company premiered production in 1994, marking the entrance of the company in the Asia-Pacific territory. Baerlocher undertakes the production of PVC stabilizers and additives for polyolefins as well as zinc and calcium stearates. The Malaysian division’s target audience is the South Korean, Japanese, Australian, ASEAN, and the Middle Eastern markets.

The new facility houses an additional production line with the production capacity of metal stearates of 10,000 tons per year. The company had inaugurated the facility in June last year. Sethu Palaniappan, Managing Director, Baerlocher Malaysia has commented that with the demand and market share increasing annually, the company expects to witness an upturn in production and the increased production, management, and storage capabilities will help the company grow further. Andreas Holzner, Global Head, Special Additives Business Unit, the Baerlocher Group has said that the company aims to become a reliable and durable partner for their global consumer base and the unit in Malaysia plays an integral role in the fulfillment of their goals in the Asia-Pacific region.

The company produces metal stearates for customers in the petrochemical and rubber industries, compounders, downstream, masterbatches, and the construction sectors. The company’s Malaysian wing is amongst the leading suppliers of additives and stabilizers for the plastics market in Asia. The company is also engaged in the PVC sector, which targets producers of cables, window profiles, and pipes. The company also aids these industries to switch from traditional to calcium-based stabilizers, using its extensive knowledge in the sector.