Sudcam's State-of-the-Art Factory in Operation

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.  

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Overview

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  • ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications, LATEXPRO and HEVEAPRO standards
  • 100 kW solar-power
    100% effluent water recycling
    Rainwater harvesting and waste water treatment plant
    Soil erosion control
  • 100% traceable raw material
  • State-of-the-art laboratory
  • Proximity to Douala port

Production

This represents a huge accomplishment for the Sudcam team who skilfully coordinated this $16m investment in the face of challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. The factory’s annual production capacity is 37,500 metric tonnes (mT) of concentrated latex and TSR CV/L Grades.  Production started on the 15th January 2021, with this year’s annual capacity forecasted at 1,600mT of 100% traceable high quality centrifuge latex.  
 

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. 

This is a great achievement by our team here in Sudcam. Covid 19 presented numerous obstacles to overcome but the team persevered and have produced a fantastic result. Congratulations!
Jimmy Francis
CEO, Sudcam plantation

Traceability and Quality

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.

Environment

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: 

  • 100 KW solar power for off processing, the administrative building, laboratory and factory lighting energy requirement.
  • Effluent water 100% recycled and re-used through advanced treatment systems.
  • Rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharging to minimise water required from surrounding rivers.
  • Sludge activated waste water treatment plant.
  • Green corridors will be protected.
  • Soil erosion control through judicious landscaping planning.
  • Dryer Exhaust Scrubber System

Laboratory

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.

LATEXPRO

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:

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Industrial & Quality Standards

LATEXPRO guarantees the highest standard in quality assurance by applying three principles: Quality of Raw Material, Quality of Process and Quality of Management.

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Environment, Health & Safety
We are committed to providing a high standard of safe, healthy and environmentally sound working conditions for our employees and visitors.

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Sustainable Supply Chain
We respect the rights of the people in the communities in which we operate and the environment which they are dependent on for their livelihood. As the backbone to our sustainable platform, LATEXPRO is all about empowering these communities and minimising the environmental and social impacts of our operations.

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Supply Chain Security
We care about our security and that of our customers. We have implemented security measures that extend beyond our premises, all the way to our customers’ doorsteps.
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