Univanich Palm Oil Public Co., Ltd.
Univanich Palm Oil Public Company Limited is a pioneer of the oil palm plantation industry in Thailand with a track record going back to the company’s first plantings in 1969. The company was established on 26th December 1995 as a consolidation of three of Thailand’s pioneer palm oil companies. The three companies were Thai Oil Palm Industry and Estate Company Limited, Siam Palm Oil and Refinery Industry Company Limited, and Hup Huat Palm Oil Industry Company Limited.
Today, Univanich is one of Thailand’s leading palm oil producers and the country’s largest exporter of crude palm oil, palm kernel oil and high-quality oil palm seeds. The company has been listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand since 25th November 2005, under the abbreviation of UVAN.
From 1983 to 1988, Univanich was managed as part of Anglo-Dutch corporation Unilever’s Plantations and Plant Science Group from Cambridge, UK. Since establishment the Company’s emphasis has always been on best environmental and sustainable practice, and building on efficiency improvements and innovation into all our operations.
Univanich currently operates oil palm plantations in Krabi, Surat Thani, Phatthalung, and Nakhon Si Thammarat Provinces of Southern Thailand, with a total planted area in 2020 of approximately 37,325 Rai (6000 Ha). In 2019, the Company’s own plantations produced 9.8% of the fresh fruit bunches (“FFB”) processed by the Company's factories, with 90.2% of FFB being purchased from independent smallholder farmers.
The overall planted area of oil palms in Thailand is expanding rapidly, and it is this expansion of small-holder plantings that are fueling the Company’s long-term growth.
The Univanich Oil Palm Research Centre (OPRC) is internationally recognized for pioneering oil palm research and advanced palm breeding, employing approximately 100 people and with more than 650 Ha under field trials. Our Oil palm breeding programme was established in 1983, and has since been producing the highest-yielding hybrid seeds for local and overseas oil palm growers. The company’s oil palm nurseries supply annually more than 1.5 million high yielding seedlings to Thailand’s smallholder growers, and our drought-tolerant hybrid seeds are now exported to Oil palm growers in more than fifteen countries. Univanich commissioned Thailand’s first laboratory for Oil palm tissue culture in 2006, which has since then been testing elite oil palm clones in field trials, and in 2016 the company commenced production of clonal seeds from these elite oil palm clones.
Univanich operates 5 oil palm crushing mills located throughout Southern Thailand, namely in Krabi Province as well as Phang Nga and Phatthalung province. These five factories purchase approximately 90% of their palm fruit from smallholder farmers and together produce more than 200,000 tonnes of palm oil annually.
Univanich also operates a palm oil exporting facility at the deep-water port of Laemphong in Krabi Province.
Four of the crushing mills operate Methane-Capture Biogas systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to generate approximately 10.5 MW of renewable electricity for our own usage, and for sale to the Provincial Electricity Authority grid, to provide power for the local community
In 2013, Univanich expanded its business to the Philippines by establishing a 51% owned joint venture company named Univanich Carmen Palm Oil Corporation (UCPOC). UCPOC has constructed a new palm oil crushing mill (30 ton per hour capacity) in North Cotabato province of Mindanao, which was commissioned in 2014 The factory was further expanded (60 ton per hour capacity) and commissioned in March 2020.
Univanich employs 1270 people in Thailand and ???? people in Philippines. The company is professionally managed to an International standard with support from overseas expert consultants.