KLANG, Malaysia—Supermax Corp. Bhd. is consolidating its latex glove manufacturing facilities in preparation for "inevitable" market recovery after post-pandemic consolidation.
The Malaysian group said it had shut down four plants over the past 18 months while decommissioning "some older less efficient production (lines)" at other facilities.
Meanwhile, Supermax said it is putting up the building structures for six new production units that have been built between 2020 and 2023.
According to the manufacturer, the production lines are being installed "slowly and gradually with an eye on the overall glove market."
These include a facility with the capacity of 7.92 billion pieces per year currently ready for commercial production, said Supermax in its third quarter report May 18.
Another 2.4-billion-piece capacity facility is currently "under various stages of installation," while another with 6.48 billion capacity has been put on hold, although infrastructure has been completed.
Supermax said it will redeploy workers from closed plants to its other factories, including its flagship manufacturing complex at Meru, in the Klang district, Selangor.