The magnificent new Lae Biscuit Company factory at Kamkumung in Lae, the largest single factory in Papua New Guinea, will be officially opened by Governor General Sir Paulias Matane on Saturday.
This brand-new biscuit-manufacturing facility is a modern and functional one and is the biggest stand-alone biscuit-making factory in the Southern Hemisphere, comparable in standard with any similar factory in Australia.
It will provide employment to some 450 people and with some of the best-working conditions and remuneration packages in PNG.
The buildings and whole facility were built by Lae Builders and Contractors and consists of a main factory building which is 204 metres long, administration building, staff facility building, workshop building, emergency generating set building and guard house building.
The two biscuit-making lines are installed in the main factory building and the administration building will accommodate administration, planning, accounting and marketing.
The staff facility building has a fully-equipped kitchen and a large dining room which can prepare and provide meals and caters for 200 persons at one seating.
Lae Biscuit Company will provide meals to all staff at no cost to them.
Ablution and laundry facilities are up to international standards for a food-manufacturing facility.
Lae Biscuit Company chairman Sir Henry Chow told reporters yesterday that it had cost the company K65 million to build and operate the factory.
"This is the best food-making facility in PNG," he said.
"Nothing can compare with it."
Sir Henry said he came up with the idea of a new factory after Lae Biscuit Company found out that demand for the its popular Snax biscuits was outstripping supply.
"This new factory, when fully functional, will produce 100 tonnes of biscuits a day," he said.
"We will be able to fully meet our (PNG) needs for the next five years."