Monday April 26, 2004
Herbal Science to gain from fad
in health food
WITH the growing popularity of complementary medicine and
health supplements, the future looks bright for herbal
preparations, health and personal care products manufacturer
Herbal Science Sdn Bhd.
The company, which started operations in 1994, has had to
expand its production capacity from a shoplot with one
production line to its current premises in Taman Medan,
Petaling Jaya, which houses eight lines and a
Director Tan Pye Sen said the key to becoming a successful
manufacturing company was to continually research and develop
new products to create new markets.
“That has always been our strategy. We feel that there is
huge potential for complementary medicine and health
supplements in Malaysia and around the world,” he said, adding
that the company planned to expand its network of clientele
locally and overseas.
Tan said the company,
which generated revenue in the region of RM10mil annually,
exported about 10% of its products to countries in the Asean
The front facade of the Herbal
Science plant in Petaling
“A potentially exciting market for us is China where we are
in the final stages of discussion for a significant supply
“China is a huge market and although the local
manufacturers are able to produce at a lower cost hence the
lower priced products, we plan to leverage on the fact that
imports can command a premium,” he said.
In line with the expected growth in demand for its
products, Tan said the company would be adding another two
production lines in three to four months time.
Herbal Science was founded by Tan's father, Dr Tan Boon
Leong, an Britain-trained pharmacist who became interested in
complementary medicine in the 1980s and went to Japan and
China to study acupuncture and traditional Chinese
Dr Tan's inexhaustible passion and interest in developing
new products in this field has been the key reason for the
company's success so far.
The company currently has 130 employees, of which 16 are
Herbal Science also provides services such as product
registration, packing services, laboratory testing including
microbiology and heavy metals testing, product knowledge
training, nutritional analysis and design of brochures and
other promotional materials.
Its current production facilities are of good manufacturing
practice standards and consists of production lines that can
supply products in capsule, tablet, sachet, liquid, powder and
Some of its clients include Vita Health,
Cosway, Total Health Concept and
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