Proteco interest from Chinese brand
SOUTH Burnett oil may soon appear in foreign cosmetics after a group of Chinese delegates visited Proteco Oils last week.
Representatives from Guangzhou Aiyun Biological Technology Co Ltd visited the Kingaroy company on Friday, intent on gaining a look into the local market and how oils were refined.
The Chinese company makes skincare products for pregnant women through subsidiary Kangaroo Mommy, and hopes to extend the product to body wash and hair conditioner enriched with avocado oils.
Proteco owner Josh Gadischke said it was promising the delegates travelled to the South Burnett to research the rural market.
The company invested in a $3.2 million refinery for its oils back in July and has since secured a range of domestic and international customers.
The new refinery means can now produce refined oils from macadamias, peanuts and almonds, which removes its impurities from the product to get it market ready.
Mr Gadischke said Proteco Oils was the only refinery in Queensland and opened up a niche market for the company.
"The refined oil market is very large and it's largely held by two or three multinational companies, and so they hold the bulk oil market and very large volumes, so we can't compete on their cost structure, but where our benefit is our flexibility for doing different oil varieties and types, and smaller volumes,” Gadischke said.
"There's customers in the market that have smaller volumes of oil that the big companies aren't interested in processing, because for them it's too small, but for us it's a perfect fit for this size.”
"China and most parts of Asia has been a focus for our company and we already supply some product into China, but we see that as a good opportunity for quality Australian products, and that's what we're hoping to capitalise on, is our Australian origins, because we'll never be the cheapest cost producer in the world, but what we can provide is a good quality, with a quality and clean reputation that Australia has. So with that we can command a slight price premium that works.”
Proteco Oils has already established itself in the Chinese market but hopes to secure more contracts.