BAT keen to expand cigarette manufacturing again, says MD

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KUALA LUMPUR (April 18): Three years after shutting down its iconic factory in Petaling Jaya, British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Bhd (BAT) says it will consider expanding its cigarette manufacturing in the country again.

"We made a conscious decision to open the little plant in Johor Bahru because we want to maintain our Malaysian manufacturing licence," said BAT managing director Erik Stoel.

The Johor Bahru plant, with a capacity to produce some 150 million sticks, opened in October 2018.

"In the long term, it could be interesting to produce and manufacture in Malaysia again," Stoel told reporters after the group's annual general meeting today.

BAT closed its Petaling Jaya plant in 2016 and sold the factory for RM218 million, affecting 230 employees in the process.