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URC breaks ground for new, leading edge production plant in Malvar

Burying of time capsule, to mark the groundbreaking of Universal Robina Corporation’s mega plant in Malvar Batangas. In photo (from left): URC’s Raul Nicdao, Corporate Engineering VP and Irwin Lee, president & CEO; Malvar Mayor Cristeta Reyes; Councilor Emilio Lat; and Barangay Chairman Vicente Villanueva.

Universal Robina Corp. (URC) has broken ground for its new production plant in Malvar town in Batangas that will showcase its cutting-edge manufacturing process and sustainability drive.

“This mega plant will feature state-of-the-art manufacturing technology – from the way it will be constructed all the way to how it will be operated,” said Irwin Lee, URC’s president and CEO.

Lee said many of the new, high-quality products URC would introduce in the coming years would be made in Malvar.

Construction of the manufacturing plant will begin this year and expansion will span some 10 to 15 years.

When completed, it will cover an area of 30.7 hectares and employ some 3,000 workers directly and indirectly.

Lee said the manufacturing plant’s high-end technology will optimize use of resources.

“The manufacturing lines to be installed in Malvar will incorporate design improvements that will further reduce material resource inputs, production wastage, labor efforts, and energy as well as water consumption,” he said.

It will have solar panels to generate power, and the buildings will make use of as much natural lighting and ventilation as possible.

It will also maximize recovery of rainwater and reuse of wastewater

URC, one of the Philippines’ largest food and beverage firms, has been pivoting towards making renewable energy take up a bigger share in its power use.

It has been installing solar panels at several of its facilities in the Philippines, and in its manufacturing hubs in Thailand and Vietnam.

“We look forward to building a healthy relationship with the people of Malvar. We also look forward to doing our part in economic development and nation building by providing jobs to the residents of Malvar, and the rest of the country, with the full build-out of this manufacturing facility,” said Lee.


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