Ronser Bio-tech eyes higher contribution from MBS segment

Ronser Bio-Tech Bhd, an integrated wastewater treatment solutions provider, is eyeing a higher contribution from its mass bio-system (MBS) segment next year upon the commencement of its new MBS plant in Iskandar Region in February 2016.

MBS is a new biological product that is able to remove the element of ammonia in aquaculture and agriculture sectors.

Its Chairman, Woo Min Fong, said the segment currently contributes 65 per cent to total earnings and the activities under the MBS segment were conducted by its subsidiary in China.

“We are looking forward to start operations in Johor, and we foresee contribution from this segment to be higher, while the production cost could be minimised,” she told reporters after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, here Wednesday.

Under the MoU, Ronser and University of Southampton will collaborate on the development of food waste to bio-compressed natural gas, which is similar to fossil natural gas.

Woo said the cost to set up the plant in Iskandar region was about RM2 million.

On palm oil mill effluent (POME), which is a research and development project with the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), Woo explained that the company had yet to secure any project at the moment due to lower awareness among the local palm oil mill operators.

“We are hoping to secure the first business under the system soon, especially when we are the only company to deal with this technology,” she said.

Currently, there are three local companies and an Indonesian company that have already shown interest in the POME system.

The POME centre, located in the Labu Green Technology Centre, Negeri Sembilan, was built using a RM1.68 million grant given by Biotechnology Corporation Sdn Bhd and is capable of producing biogas of up to 28 cubic metres per tonne. — BERNAMA

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