Malaysian chemical company Nylex (Malaysia) Bhd is to expand its capacity for the production of ethanol to 10 million litres per year from 5 million litres per year by building a new plant. 

The company said in early September that its subsidiary Fermpro Sdn Bhd had secured approval from the Malaysian Investment Development Authority for the capacity increase. Some RYM 20 million (EUR 4.1m) will be invested in the new plant, which is expected to be completed in 18 months. 

Fermpro produces ethanol from cane sugar molasses. The capacity expansion would contribute to meeting the higher demand for ethanol resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, a senior minister at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry said during a visit at Fermpro, as cited by Malay Mail.

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