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Palm oil producer invests in sustainability

Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby will invest considerably in its Dutch subsidiary Unimills and commits itself to producing sustainable palm oil.

Sime Darby said it will follow the criteria for palm oil plantation that have been set at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). World's largest palm oil producer aims to be the first to certify its plantation according to RSPO-criteria and to become the leading producer in sustainable produced palm oil.

European investments
Europe, and Unimills in the Netherlands in specific, will be the new location for Sime Darby's innovation centre where a new laboratory will be build for the development of healthier vegetable fat products as well as a new pilot plant. In this plant functional fats will be designed using enzyme technologies. It also gives Unimills the opportunity to further extend it market leadership in Europe.

Unimills is leading European producer of vegetable fats and part of the Sime Darby Group.

Sime Darby is a Malaysia based conglomerate with interests in palm and coconut plantations, refineries for vegetable oils and fats, energy, industrial equipment and engines.Sime Darby is the largest Malaysian enterprise and is the result of a merger between Golden Hope and two other companies. The company employs around 100,000 people in 20 countries.

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