Established in 1991, Greatpac was one of Malaysia’s pioneers into the disposable food packaging industry. The early history of the company is somewhat a mystery, but the company has been known to have initially found a market niche through the manufacturing and selling of disposable polystyrene lunch boxes, under the well known brand name of JASA. Operations quickly expanded into injection moulding for Polypropylene containers and continued to progress into the manufacture of straws, cutlery and plastic bags at manufacturing centres located in Sungai Buloh and Ijok.
In 2003, Greatpac achieved Holdings Company status and had it's shares listed under GPSB on the second board of Bursa Malaysia. In 2005, the Holdings Company came under the control of Wawasan TKH Sdn. Bhd., who bought a 28.74% controlling share for RM18.45 million which subsequently became Wawasan TKH Holdings Berhad.
There are over 300 listed items on the Greatpac stock list under the JASA brand. The two main material concentration are Polystyrene and Polypropylene. Polystyrene foam is manufactured to produce the famous JASA foam take-away boxes, found at the vast majority of mamak stalls in Malaysia as well as plates, trays and bowls. Polystyrene is also used to manufacture a full range of cutlery, clear and coloured, and High-Impact Polystyrene for plates, trays and cups. Polypropylene injection is used to make a full range of clear and coloured containers, both round and rectangular. These are by far the most popular export items due to their compact packing which reduces the price per unit. The operations include straws and plastic bag manufacturing.
The latest range products offered by the company is their EPS Foam Cup range which was launched in August 2007 to meet market demand. Greatpac traditionally had foam cups as a trading item outsourced from other local manufacturers. Other trading items include chopsticks and PE Gloves.
Greatpac runs one of the most extensive plastic manufacturing operations in the whole of South East Asia.
Greatpac runs in excess of 50 extrusion lines for the polystyrene foam, over 100 injection moulding machines for polypropylene containers, TPS Cups and Cutlery. There are also over 50 Plastic Bag machines in operation.
The upsurge of production had led to the decision to move all manufacturing, including the Head Office, to the brand new state-of-the-art site at Kota Damansara in late November 2007. Located just outside the capital of Kuala Lumpur and in close proximity to Port Klang, the new location is to improve the company's logistics dramatically.
Greatpac is a major player in the export market for disposable food wares, having exported to over 60 countries. Their products and the JASA brand have been internationally recognised and are now part of everyday usage in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, France and The Netherlands. It is estimated that 40% of Chinese takeaways in the Netherlands use JASA products. They can also be found in places as far as Mauritius, Malta and American Samoa.
Approximately 80% of the polypropylene containers produced by Greatpac are exported due to the high demand outside Malaysia. The main importers of these containers are European Union customers. Australia and New Zealand however, with its closer proximity to Malaysia, prefers to import the larger sized JASA Lunch boxes and black food trays. Cyprus is a peculiar importer, targeting mostly a special range of champagne coloured range lunch boxes, in addition to cutlery.
The Middle Eastern market is another growing market, with sales done in Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan. The main imports are HDPE Plastic Bag Rolls, HIPS Cups and the EPS Foam Cups in addition to cutlery. The Asian market is one that is largely untapped, mostly due to competition from China, but Greatpac still serves customers in Hong Kong, Japan and Korea mostly importing polypropylene containers.
Greatpac is a major supplier of many organisations throughout Malaysia and the world. Amongst the multi-nationals, the most notable is the British giant Tesco Malaysia, for whom Greatpac manufactures their Tesco Value range of disposable products.
Export customers include corporate names such as the supermarket chain SPAR in Spain.
Greatpac has received a number of awards over their history, with the JASA brand receiving accolades locally and internationally. The most prestigious awards include: