Prime Oleochemical Industries Sdn Bhd started as a commodities trader in the mid-seventies under the name, Prime Commodities (M) Sdn Bhd, exporting Malaysia’s primary commodities such as palm oils, palm oil products, rubbers, timbers, cocoa beans and others. The inevitable step forward would be the utilisation of these local primary commodities to manufacture downstream products for local and export markets.
Long and heavy commitments in research and development were made in early eighties in this area. Intensive research programs were centered on the fast expanding palm oil industry. In the mid-eighties, the first factory was constructed to reprocess palm oils into suitable starting materials for making end-products and the second factory was completed in 1988, followed by the production of consumer products such as transparent soaps, industrial detergents, health and body care products.