Malaysian companies to participate in Hyderabad halal business fair
ASEAN’s first halal gelatin industrial park in Malaysia by Sanichi

Malaysian experts and companies will participate in an international halal business show in the south Indian city of Hyderabad in January. The inaugural India International Halal Expo is expected to attract more than 200 companies and 15,000 participants from the home country and abroad, the event’s organiser Atoba Business Networks Private Limited said. Visitors and exhibitors are expected from Indonesia, Turkey, South Korea, Thailand, Iran, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Gulf Arab countries.

“We greatly value Malaysia’s experience in the halal industry and hope to have speakers and companies from there. Some have already confirmed their participation,” Atoba chief executive officer Muazzzam Naik said.
The January 18-20 trade fair will focus on products and services in a range of sectors such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, fashion, finance, online retail, logistics and tourism. Sharing their halal industry expertise will be International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART) of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), and Serunai Commerce chief executive officer and founder of Global Halal Data Pool and Verify Halal, Amnah Shaari. Other Malaysian speakers include Islamic Development Bank former deputy director Nik Najib Hussain and Finterra executive chairman Haji Mazlan Ahmad. Representatives of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and JAKIM are also expected to attend.

The participants will have an opportunity to learn about the halal sector in India and collaboration opportunities, Muazzzam said. The expo is supported by the state government of Telangana, the Chennai office of MATRADE, India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), the Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry and other organisations, he added.

Meanwhile, Sanichi Technology Bhd (STB) is set to build ASEAN’s first Halal Gelatin Industrial Park in Malaysia. The venture, also a first in Malaysia, to be called Melaka Halal Gelatin Industrial Park is undertaken by STB’s subsidiary, BCA International Sdn Bhd (BCA). BCA chief executive officer Mohd Hanif Tan, in a statement, said the industrial park would house a Halal Gelatin Plant with related downstream industrial activities for applications across diverse industries. “These include food (yogurt, jelly, gummy sweets, beverages), pharmaceutical (styptic cotton, hard capsule, soft gel, tablets, vitamin capsulation), cosmetic (hair/skin products, toothpaste, lotion), industrial (adhesives, paper manufacturing, box making), films (roll films, x-ray films, just to name a few,” he said.

The project will be completed in two phases over the next five years, with target operation of the halal gelatin plant by mid-2021 and completion of the industrial park by 2025, giving a gross development value of up to RM1.3 billion and halal gelatin production value of RM250 million per annum for the niche market. Mohd Hanif added that BCA had identified an 85.79 hectare land in Kuala Linggi, Alor Gajah, Melaka with suitable amenities and close proximity to important infrastructures such as port, airport and highways. BCA, with Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Melaka as its strategic partner, is in the midst of finalising the acquisition of land from Pembangunan Pertanian Melaka Sdn Bhd, he disclosed.

— BERNAMA

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