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Spiber to build world’s largest protein fermentation facility in Thailand

Feb 28. 2020
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On February 27, Japanese biotechnology company Spiber Inc. announced that the company has been approved by the Thailand Board of Investment plus (BOI +) and plans to construct a biotechnology plant for protein fermentation and purification operations at the Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate in Rayong Province.

The construction of the new plant represents Spiber’s first expansion overseas. This new plant is expected to be the world’s largest structural protein fermentation facility (as of January 27, 2020; independent research), with a planned production capacity of several hundred tons per year, and will serve as a base of operations for research and development into fermentation and purification technologies for structural proteins. Commercial production is expected to begin in 2021, and the BOI is granting tax exemption status for 10 years.

The primary factor that led to Spiber’s investment in Thailand is the country’s ideal location, plentiful in biomass resources needed in the company’s fermentation production process. Additionally, Thailand boasts strong supply chains in several industries of interest to Spiber, such as clothes and automotives, which may be useful for potential future operations.

In line with this expansion, Spiber is looking to recruit employees for roles in fields such as production engineering, plant engineering, human resources, administration, accounting, and finance, as well as drivers.

Spiber will be holding recruitment sessions in Bangkok on March 7, 2020, and in Rayong on March 8, 2020. For more details, please refer to:

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