PMB oil company to set upnew plant

2010-12-14 00:00

THE Willowton-based manufacturer of cooking oils, Sealake Industries, is expanding its seed processing capacity.

It recently entered into an agreement with Vrystaat Koöperasie (VKB) and partner Dr Chris van der Merwe to establish a major seed processing plant in the Free State. The area is to be confirmed.

Sealake managing director Baboo Essack said that the world-class plant will produce 165 000 tons of sunflower seed and 150 000 tons of soya beans per annum, and this will significantly increase the company’s ability to produce more cooking oil.

The move will enable Sealake’s Pietermaritzburg refinery to treble its output.

Essack recently won the KwaZulu-Natal and national Shoprite Supplier of the Year awards.

The new plant will add an extra 66 000 tons per annum of cooking oil capacity, bringing Sealake’s total capacity to 146 000 tons per annum.

Essack said the plant, which will be powered by the energy it generates, is versatile as it is able to crush any oil-yielding seed.

He added that the new investment will bring on stream additional revenue, jobs and growth.

The Free State plant is expected to be operational in the first half of 2011.

Sealake was established in 1972 as a family business and moved to Pietermaritzburg in 1982. The group also produces oils, candles and soap.

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