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The Biggest Pharmaceutical Industry In Southeast Asia

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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The Heaviest Band Of Southeast Asia

My heavy-metal era had passed several years back.

Back in the mid of 90′s, I was a die-hard fan of Sepultura (a Brazilian trash-metal band), Metallica, Helloween, and many more. In the end of 90′s, I could hardly enjoy that kinda music, it became too noisy for my ears.

But, that doesn’t halt me from being proud of this news.
Indonesia’s metal band, Burgerkill, has been playing around staging concerts elsewhere in Southeast Asia and Australia. Australia’s biggest rock concert Soundwave invited them to perform where they’re the only representative from Asia. In the end of concert, thousands of horn-signs by thousands of Australian metal-heads accompanied their concert closure. They’ve also staged performance in Malaysia, and Singapore.

Their songs have also gained high-rotation in Australian metal radios and successfully stayed on top 10 charts. Their video clip has also been repeatedly broadcasted on RAGE TV, Australia’s only rock TV.

So, are you guys ready for Burgerkill Western Australia tour next year?

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The Telecommunication GIANT of Southeast Asia

It is always said that SingTel, Singapore’s telecom company, is the largest phone company in southeast asia. You will find different thing in Malaysia. There, people say that TM (Telekom Malaysia) is the biggest in the region. I am not sure how the calculated that, and claimed to be the biggest. If it’s about the capitalization value, so they’re surely wrong; if it’s about number of subscribers, they are completely untrue. Hemm….then?

Oke, there’ll be a long debate on this, since nationalism is simply not simple. To cut it off, let me share with you the largest mobile phone operator in the region. Indonesia’s Telkomsel added its number of subscribers by up to 6 million people in the first quarter this year from the total number in 2008. The total number of Telkomsel subscribers went up to 71.3 million people in the first three months of this year from 65.3 million in 2008 .

Well, Telkomsel is only the ”son” of PT TELKOM Tbk, which also operates TelkomFlexi, which now has almost 11 million subscribers. So, Telkom serves as many as 82 million subscribers. Enough said.

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