Thai Vice Minister From Ministry Of Science And Technology Visits KH Roberts

Thursday, September 13th, 2018 | 1199 Views

Thai Vice Minister From Ministry Of Science And Technology Visits KH Roberts (KHR) hosted a study visit by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand at its new state-of-the-art integrated flavour manufacturing facility in Singapore on 30 August 2018.

The visit delegation led by Dr. Kanyawim Kirtikara, Vice Minister for Science and Technology, also included H.E. Mr. Manopchai Vongphakdi, Ambassador of Thailand to Singapore, senior faculty staff from Kasetsart University and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, and senior executives from STI Policy Office. The visit focused on the study of KH Roberts’ successful implementation of Industry 4.0 elements at their new integrated flavours manufacturing facility that features automation and integrated smart manufacturing capabilities.

A home-grown flavours house headquartered in Singapore with regional facilities, KHR is a premier creator and manufacturer of food flavours and specialty ingredients. Established in 1968, the company is widely considered to be the pioneer flavour manufacturer in Singapore and Southeast Asia at that time. The privately owned third generation family business has since expanded their presence regionally with manufacturing facilities in Thailand and Indonesia, and established direct sales distribution offices in Malaysia, China and various markets across Asia. They have since expanded their global footprint to new markets such as Greater China and Europe.

Employing critical elements of Industry 4.0 like smart technologies, automation and digitalisation at their new integrated flavour manufacturing facility, KHR is able to reduce reliance on manual labour, extend production uptime, minimise risk of product defects and consistently meet stringent global food safety requirements. The new facility also includes a full-fledged flavours R&D centre, equipped with flavour creation, sensory evaluation, analytical testing, product development and bench-top chemistry capabilities. Integrated to the facility is a dedicated pilot plant space for small scale product development and test production, enabling customers and collaborators to test new precommercial and new technology-based products prior to commercial production. These capabilities help KHR to enhance their agility and speed to market.


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