September 30, 2003



Kemin Expands Research In Feed and Food Technology to Serve Asia Markets


Agrifood company Kemin Industries Asia announced Monday plans on the extension of its research and development facility in Singapore. Research Director of Kemin Asia, Dr Tan Hai Meng, said at a speech during the company's groundbreaking ceremony for the R&D facility that one third of the company's sales revenues come from products developed and researched at Kemin's laboratories. The company invests 7% of its annual turnover into research and development.


With its headquarters in Iowa, USA, and offices spaning Europe and Asia, Kemin  also carried out research collaborations and consultations with regional universities and research centres of repute such as Massey University and Otago University of New Zealand, University of New England in Australia, Kasetsart University in Thailand, China's Nanjing Agricultural University and Sichuan Agricultural University, the Japanese Feed Research laboratories, and Singapore's National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.


Focus On R&D


From 500 square meters, Kemin's laboratory size in Singapore will double with the planned extension. This is to enhance research work in the specific fields of enzymes, natural products, foods, pigmentation and anti-microbials. In addition, a separate laboratory will conduct research catering to the corporation's nascent aquaculture business, as well as the pet food division of its sister company, Kemin Nutrisurance.


Stressing the need to be close to its customers, Dr Tan pointed out Singapore's excellent infrastructure and its close proximity to the Asia-Pacific market as crucial to developing a more nimble response to customer needs. Strategically, Singapore is also a good point from which talent and expertise can be source from around the region.


In the business of "feeding the masses", Kemin sees inherent growth potential in the Asian region. Dr Tan said that a rising population means more food required. Furthermore, as standards of living increase, consumers will be more discerning about the food they eat and increasingly aware of issues such as food safety and security, animal health and total nutrition. Having already established a name for itself through its quality products, Kemin sees the need to explain to customers "what works, and what does not" in the business of food science.


Kemin is renown for its portfolio of patented products, such as CloSTAT, a feed additive especially useful where control of necrotic enteritis is a concern; and a New Generation Ultra Low Corrosion Mould Inhibitor, Myco CURB Extend, which made its debut on September 19 this year.