Maybe, not so many people know that Indonesia hosts Southeast Asia’s biggest pharmaceutical company. It’s Kalbe Farma which has representative offices in Cambodia, Singapore, Myanmar, and Malaysia. Here’s from their website:
Established in 1966, PT Kalbe Farma Tbk. (“the Company” or “Kalbe”) has gone a long way from its humble beginnings as a garage-operated pharmaceutical business in North Jakarta. Throughout its more than 40-year history, the Company has expanded by strategic acquisitions of pharmaceutical companies, building a leading brand positioning and reaching to international markets to transform itself into an integrated consumer health and nutrition enterprise with unrivaled innovation, marketing, branding, distribution, financial strength and R&D and production expertise to promote its mission to improve health for a better life.
The Kalbe Group has an extensive and strong portfolio of brands in the prescription pharmaceuticals, OTC pharmaceuticals, energy drink and nutrition products, complemented with a robust packaging and distribution arm that reaches over 1 million outlets. The Company has succeeded in promoting its brands as the undisputed market leaders not only in Indonesia but also in the international markets, establishing such household names across all healthcare and pharmaceutical segments as Promag, Mixagrip, Woods, Komix, Prenagen and Extra Joss. Also, fostering and expanding alliances with international partners have accelerated Kalbe’s advances in international markets and sophisticated R&D ventures as well as the latest pharmaceutical and healthcare developments, including stem cell and cancer research.
The Group’s consolidation in 2005 has further enhanced production, marketing and financial capabilities, providing greater leverage to widen local and international exposure. Today, Kalbe is the largest publicly-listed pharmaceutical company in Southeast Asia with over US$ 1 billion in market capitalization and revenues of over $ 700 million, and employs nearly 12,000 employees. Its cash-rich position today also provides for unlimited expansion opportunities in the future.
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