Kunak Lipids, a Sabah-based company, will be Malaysia’s largest palm oil waste tocotrienol manufacturer

KOTA KINABALU – Sabah’s Sawit Kinabalu will be Malaysia’s largest producer of tocotrienol using palm oil waste.

The production is expected to start in the first quarter 2025 using proprietary technology.

Tocotrienols, a type of vitamin E, are used in a number of ways for health and therapy due to their powerful antioxidant properties.

The agreement was signed by Sawit Kinabalu through Kunak Lipids and Boce Trade Service Company Ltd in Shanghai to produce palm oil refinery products to meet the Chinese market’s demand.

At the signing ceremony, Kunak Lipids Sdn Bhd’s group managing director, Victor Ationg, and Boce Trade Service Company Ltd’s general manager, QiuRongYu, were both present.

Datuk Chan Fuong Hin, Deputy Plantations and Commodities Ministry, was present at the ceremony held on Thursday (June 13,) at Shangri-la Pudong Shanghai.

Datin Stella Ambrose, director of Kunak Lipids and vice-chief executive officer and BOCE Trade Services Company Ltd managing Director Goh Teck bin were also present.

During its visit to Shanghai, from 9 to 14 June, the Sawit Kinabalu Team met with potential distributors as well as manufacturers who showed a keen interest in the tocotrienols (and other phytonutrients) derived from palm oils.

Cosmetics manufacturers are particularly interested in obtaining tocotrienols to use in their products.

The team also identified a large demand for palm oil-derived biodiesel.

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