Generating cutting-edge technologies across all facets of FGV
FGV’s world class R&D and Agri-Services Cluster is anchored on four decades of research and development. The Cluster’s key objective is to generate cutting-edge agri-business technologies to enhance operational performance and commercial utilisation across all facets of FGV. The company’s award-winning Yangambi oil palm planting material, which has 40 percent market share in Malaysia, is just one of R&D’s innovative products.
The R&D and Agri-Services Cluster was incorporated on 10 September 2014 to consolidate over four decades worth of research expertise towards becoming a premier frontrunner in the oil palm research. This has culminated in one of South East Asia’s largest biotechnology centre, specialising in production of oil palm clones with specific traits. The centre is led by a team of highly specialised scientists.
Its activities support internal growth across all Clusters. These comprise improving the yield of selected agri crops through breeding, tissue culture agronomy, crop protection and in a sustainable manner; optimising waste and by-products for use in generating new products with higher-growth, higher-margin industries; and the provision of high quality agro-based products and services.
R&D and Agri-Services Cluster focus in bio-molecular marker research has led to the pioneering of marker assisted oil palm breeding and selection which will ensure that its current award winning Felda Yangambi brand continous to remain as a market leader. An Applied Technology Division was launched in 2014, to expand R&D and Agri-Services Cluster focus on applying new technologies such as electronics, wireless sensor technology, geographical information systems, remote sensing and automation and mechanism of daily operations to improve productivity and efficiency in FGV’s palm operations.
Leveraging on the R&D and Agri-Services Cluster initiatives, especially in our upstream business, FGV intends to increase yield and efficiency, reduce production costs, better ensure environmental sustainability and help increase profits over time.
KEY GROWTH TARGET: R&D and Agri-Services Cluster will expand its collaboration with both international and local scientific communities in order to achieve its goal to be the world’s pre-eminent R&D Centre of Excellence for palm oil, by 2020
Through the introduction of new innovative products to the market, FGV is creating uncontested value for its products.
In Palm Oil downstream for example, R&D and Agri-Services Cluster helped to diversify our portfolio of quality food and innovative non-food products. Through Felda Global Ventures Research & Development Sdn Bhd, FGV is Malaysia’s premier oil palm seed producer – supplying 40 percent of the country’s annual seed requirements. FGV is already at the forefront of R&D in oil palm breeding biotechnology, tissue culture, agronomy and crop protection.
By inventing new high-end, niche products such as Carbon Nanotubes currently and green chemicals in the future, we continue to create new market spaces.
Partnering with Cambridge Nanosystems Limited, we produced the world’s first high-grade Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene – a ‘wonder material’ that is stronger than diamonds yet more conductive than copper. These unique properties are set to transform manufacturing processes and the performance of thousands of electronics and consumer goods in the near future.
R&D Services Subsidiaries
* The list of subsidiaries is not comprehensive. Further details on the equity shareholdings of FGV in its subsidiaries can be referred to in the Financial Statements
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