Paul Bulcke, CEO of Swiss-based parent Nestle, and Frits van Dijk, executive vice president for Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Middle East, yesterday confirmed the projects during a visit here.
Bulcke said the Purina factory, planned for the Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate in Chon Buri province, would produce dry pet-food products. The existing Navanakorn facility in Pathum Thani province for milk and coffee products will be expanded.
The plan underlines Nestle's |confidence in both Thailand and Indochina.
The Purina factory will cost Bt950 million, feature state-of-the-art processing technology and create 135 new jobs.
The factory will supply dry |pet food to domestic and export |markets, including South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as fellow Asean members Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.
In addition, Nestle will spend |Bt324 million to boost annual pro-|duction capacity of dry mixed pro-ducts to 40,000 tonnes for supply to both local and export markets.
The expansion of the Navanakorn plant will boost employment there to a total of 519 jobs.