The new Sudcam factory at our Cameroon Plantations has reached the end of its construction and is now fully operational. Initially producing concentrated latex and steadily expanding into CV and L grades, the factory is poised to supply the European and North American dipping industry (gloves, condoms, balloons), as well as specialty product makers (automotive, household and industrial applications). As an industry best-in-class, the factory holds exceptional standards in industrial innovation and sustainability.
Corrie MacColl is now uniquely positioned to supply the Western Hemisphere with specialty grades of natural latex, being the only producer of concentrated latex in Africa. Our two factories in Cameroon have a combined latex capacity of 53,000mT fulfilled by 31,000 hectares of rubber trees planted in the Hevecam and Sudcam estates. Production of latex is poised to increase from 10,000mT in 2021 to 60,000mT from 2030 onwards, as our trees mature and come into production.
The raw material from our Sudcam plantation feeds the modern factory, offering customers 100% traceable natural rubber and latex, produced to individual customer requirements. The field material provides a 72% latex v.s cup lump split, feeding six new German-manufactured GEA centrifuges. Additionally, the implementation of the HEVEAPRO and LATEXPRO standards will be secured, with the 1,000 audit-point certifications ensuring the highest standards of quality, worker safety and environmental sustainability.
At the plantation level, sustainability is highly prioritised with initiatives governed by the Cameroon Sustainability Council.
At the factory level, the installation of heightened efficiency measures and advanced equipment, including state-of-the-art centrifuges, maximises energy efficiency and minimises waste.
Other features that distinguish the factory include:
Applying the technical expertise of the Group’s Ohio, USA based Momentum Technologies Laboratories, a natural rubber and latex laboratory will be located on-site. Planned as an extension of the Ohio facility, the laboratory will be assisted in equipment selection, training and certification process. The partnership between state-of-the-art laboratory and modern factory will form the ideal site to host R&D-focused activities such as development of specialty products, in addition to formulation testing, enhancing and formulation design, and providing raw material testing.
‘Bringing together a factory and an on-site laboratory provides the advantage of a full-service offering as well as a strategic centre for R&D’ – Jimmy Francis, CEO, Sudcam Plantation.
We’re future-proofing the industry by combining value chain expertise and investment in technology to produce the highest quality natural latex in a sustainable way. Corrie MacColl’s LATEXPRO represents our commitment to the highest standards through the following principles:
LATEXPRO guarantees the highest standard in quality assurance by applying three principles: Quality of Raw Material, Quality of Process and Quality of Management.