Local enterprise TK&D Manufacturing on September 19 inaugurated a new production line for paper cups and straws made from rice, corn and cassava in Pursat province’s easternmost Krakor district, to supply domestic and international markets.
Founder Tit Sokhom told The Post on September 20 that the company has invested more than $5 million in the plant, located on more than 2ha in Boeung Kantuot commune’s Takeo Krom village of northwestern Krakor and expected to create more than 100 jobs.
“We started production from the very day of inauguration, and in early January next year we will have a first batch of products to distribute on the market. We’re to produce for export to Australia and a few other countries, as well as to sell locally,” she said.
The enterprise was set up as health, hygiene and environmental considerations take higher priority across developed countries, she noted, saying the venture would spur economic development and advancements in Pursat, as well as the Kingdom.
She stressed that all products would be biodegradable and without harmful effects on health or the environment, and support a reduction in plastic pollution.
“TK&D will produce paper cups and straws made from rice flour, corn flour and edible-cassava flour to supply the local market. These products will not use chemicals that are hazardous to health or the environment, and will promote greenness in Cambodia,” Sokhom said.
At the inauguration ceremony, Pursat provincial governor Mao Thornin welcomed and voiced support for the project, and asked TK&D to buy raw materials from farmers in the western province to fulfil the company’s production needs.
“May the enterprise receive more and more support from customers, to contribute to supporting the provincial economy, as well as lead our Cambodian economy to international recognition,” he said.