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Fonterra's Malaysian plant re-opens

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/05/2017

Maori Development Minister and Associate Minister for Economic Development Te Ururoa Flavell has attended the re-opening of Fonterra's Susumas plant in Malaysia.

The plant re-opened on Tuesday and employs around 700 Malaysian locals. It makes up some of the 46,000 metric tonnes of powdered and liquid dairy products each year between Susumas and Dairymas.

More than 13 countries in South East Asia and the Middle East receive around half of Fonterra products made.

Mr Flavell attended the event as part of his business and cultural mission in Malaysia, saying New Zealand has strong ties with Malaysia.

"The Maori economy is open for business and a good provider of the high value products that Malaysians seek," Mr Flavell says.

The plant closed in September last year to upgrade in order to "boost capacity".

Mr Flavell says it is a real pleasure to witness the impact of Fonterra's dairy business in Malaysia for the past 40 years and more.

"And it is amazing to see milk that is produced in New Zealand being enjoyed by millions of Malaysians each day.

"Fonterra has a 40 year presence and history in Malaysia and is an example of a successful New Zealand business using Malaysia as a regional hub."

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