Crude Palm Oil (CPO) and Palm Kernel Oil (PKO). The Company’s own plantations provide approximately 20% of the fruit processed by three Univanich factories, with the balance provided by more than 1,000 small and medium sized out-grower farmers.
The Univanich production process starts with our oil palm breeding programme and seed production unit. High quality hybrid oil palm seedlings are produced for our own plantings or for sale to our farmer suppliers. After careful selection in the Company’s nurseries, seedlings are ready for planting at around the age of 10 to 12 months.
Univanich hybrid oil palm seed is produced by cross pollinating pedigree Dura and Pisifera parent palms which have been collected over 30 years from leading breeding programmes around the world. To ensure high yields in Thailand’s growing conditions the progeny of these parent palms have been extensively tested in field trials to select the best hybrid crosses.
Germinated Univanich oil palm seeds for overseas customers are carefully packaged in cartons of 4,000 seeds each and are dispatched by airfreight from Phuket international airport.
Since 1992 Univanich has been progressively replanting with a new generation of high yielding palms. Pictured here are typical 18 month old Univanich oil palms. Harvesting will commence 28 months from planting.
By age 7 years the young palms have reached full maturity. Fruit bunches like these ripen and are harvested throughout the year, to provide a continuous supply of fruit.
Mechanisation features throughout the Univanich plantation operations, from collection of the fruit bunches in the field, to their transport to the factories by crane lorries or portable transport bins.
The Company’s newest factory, with initial capacity of 45 tonnes fruit per hour, was completed in the 4th Quarter of 2004. This factory is designed for expansion to 90 tonnes of fruit per hour as more young palms come into production in the Krabi area.
In 2005, the Company also increased its Palm Kernel crushing capacity to produce approximately 1,500 tonnes of palm kernel oil each month.
Crude Palm Oil (CPO) and Palm Kernel Oil (PKO) is despatched from Univanich factories by road tankers. These tankers deliver our products to customers in Bangkok or for export from our deep-water wharf at the nearby port of Krabi on the Andaman Sea.
Univanich is proud to be a supplier of raw materials to leading international manufacturers of a wide range of palm based products, including cooking oils, margarines, snack foods, dairy substitutes, soaps and cosmetics.