Australian industrial packaging specialist DSL has announced plans to establish operations in South East Asia, naming Malaysia as the location for a new Schütz IBC manufacturing plant.
The announcement - made by both Schütz and DSL at the international Interpack trade fair in Germany - stated that a purpose built facility would be established in Kuala Lumpur, to allow the company to meet growing demand for its products across South East Asia.
The move follows news of a licence agreement between DSL Packaging and SCHÜTZ GmbH in Germany, which permits DSL to manufacture and supply Ecobulk Intermediate Bulk Containers in the region.
DSL Packaging managing director Steve Johnston said the company's move to Malaysia was 'strategically important', given the 'opportunities that clearly existed for Schütz IBC's in South East Asia'.
He said Malaysia was the 'ideal location for DSL', after considering many factors such as its geographic position in the region, the current favourable political and economic climate, linked with the 'strong support' received from Malaysian bodies such as the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA).
Mr Johnston confirmed that the new plant would be situated in the state of Negeri Sembilan, close to the busy North-South highway, which was 'significant for efficient road transport throughout Malaysia and to Singapore'.
Construction on the site is due to commence shortly with a completion date and commissioning scheduled for early 2006.
Schütz IBC's measure approximately one cubic metre, are reusable and designed for the packaging of liquids, such as chemicals, lubricants, oil and food products.
The units have UN approval for the packaging and safe transportation of Dangerous Goods in packaging groups II and III. They consist a heavy duty polyethelene blow moulded inner bottle, surrounded by a steel cage, which is mounted on either a metal, plastic or wooden pallet for easy handling.
The new operation has been established as a separate corporate structure to DSL Packaging in Australia, and will be officially known as DSL Packaging (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.
Mr Yohanes Tengarra, who has worked with DSL for a number of years, has been appointed general manager, Malaysia and will be taking up this position immediately.
DSL Packaging currently has operations in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Jakarta, and now Kuala Lumpur.