Archilles owns and maintains a fleet of river and ocean-going tugs, which
are proven performers in the Sabah waters and are available for charter
throughout the Sabah region.
Oil palm plantation is the
core business for Archilles Group. We engage in oil palm cultivation, harvesting
and related operations through our associated companies. Our oil palm estates
are currently located in the District of Sandakan and also in the District
Backed by a capable management team and with more than 15 years of solid
track record and experiences in this industry, we have managed to consistently
produce outstanding yield on a monthly basis and selling our fresh fruit
bunches to the surrounding oil mills and collection centre.
With Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standards set to be enforced
on all oil palm mills and plantations, we have already prepared our companies
for MSPO certification and will actively participate in related training
and seminars to ensure continuous improvement plans are in place at all
our oil palm plantations.
Moving forward, we are also actively seeking suitable plantations to acquire
and to develop in order to increase our current oil palm plantations land
bank and hectares to achieve a sustainable economy of scale and in line
with our business expansion strategy.
Since the turn of the decade, our management has been looking for organic
growth of our Group and we have subsequently identified the development
and cultivation of durian plantations to be our next revenue and profit
drivers for our Group.
Extensive studies and research has been made to ascertain the prospect of
durian plantation business and our management is confident that with the
right formula and hands on approach of the business, durian plantations
will bear fruits of labour and return on investment for the Group.
Anticipating the growth and future boom of this relatively young industry
in Sabah, we strived to be one of the leading pioneer and leader in this
field. As such, we have designated a 70 acres of agricultural land located
in the main District of Tuaran to be developed into durian plantations by
phases and development of the first phase within the land have been completed
successfully and our next phase of development, consisting of mixed fruit
crops will subsequently commence in due time.
Additionally in the process of our development and cultivation of Durian
Plantations, we have identified the shortfall in supply of good and reliable
durian seedlings for the local market in the State of Sabah, Malaysia. To
cater to the needs of the local market and demand, we have commenced and
engage in the business of Durian Seedlings Nurseries and our first durian
nursery is designated in the District of Sandakan. Ground work has already
been laid and our nursery business has already commenced the sales of durian
seedlings (mainly Musang King D197 Seedlings originated from Peninsular
Malaysia) successfully to date.
Moving forward, we are looking to gain further hands on experience on fruit
crops development and to expand organically via land acquisition and vertical
integration to include related downstream products and services in future.
Archilles Group has been actively engaging in the aviary industry via the
construction of the first bird nest farm, harvesting and related operations
in the year of 2013.
The decision to venture into the business of bird nest farming and harvesting
was made by the management taking into account the presence of swiftlets
located in the vicinity of our plantations and also our commitment to encourage
the organic growth of the Aerodramus species to our environment and to harvest
their nests sustainably with minimal impact to the environment. Additionally
with the removal of the One Child Policy and growing affluent of the China
Economy, this business will generate huge potential and opportunity to enter
the international market of China.
To date, we have successfully constructed 3 bird nest farms in our plantations
land located in the District of Sandakan and Telupid.
To cope with the rising demand for quality bird nests, the Group will actively
be improving our operations and also to look into increasing our bird nest
farms and operations in the near future.
Since the turn of the millennium, Archilles Group had actively looked to
acquire strategic land for Resort Development, Commercial and Residential
Under the Group, we have acquired prime lands located within the State Of
Sabah that have been ear marked for future development. Some of the strategic
lands include tourism orientated land held for the purpose of Resort Development
while some are strategically located for commercial development.
Moving Forward, we will continue to acquire strategic lands for development
and also to commence development of our existing land as part of the Group
diversification and expansion growth plan.