OurStory

1932 A Clean Start

We began in Medan, Indonesia as the Nam Cheong Soap Factory where we manufactured and distributed quality soap products to local and international markets. Our humble beginning is a testimonial to the hard work that has borne fruit through the decades by our dedicated workforce. We have always taken pride in our values of hard work, determination and persistence to make anything possible. A simple bar of soap has led us to the global position we hold today.

1970 – 2004 Setting a Strong Foundation for Growth

We made our foray into the palm oil industry with investments in a palm oil refinery, plantation, kernel crushing plant, and palm oil mills in this era. During this time, PT Musim Mas began to grow and was accorded the inaugural Primaniyarta Award as one of the highest performing non-oil exporters by Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade.

One of our proudest moments came in 2004 when PT Musim Mas became the first Indonesian company to become a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Musim Mas Chairman, Mr. Bachtiar Karim, served on the first RSPO Executive Board.

2007 – present    Spreading our Wings and Attaining Global Recognition

While we capitalized on the growing Asian market, Musim Mas began to establish operations around the world including Europe and North America. For our international expansion, we made the decision to move our headquarters from Indonesia to Singapore. With our roots firmly established, the world became our oyster and our business spread to India, China, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Brazil.

For our international expansion, we made the decision to move our headquarters from Indonesia to Singapore. With our roots firmly established, the world became our oyster and our business spread to India, China, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Brazil. Today, Musim Mas is Indonesia’s largest palm oil exporter to customers located all around the world.

We are very proud of our focus on sustainability with recognitions from around the world: Musim Mas Group became the first major group to achieve 100% RSPO P&C certification for all our mills with plantations; PT Musim Mas was the first company to receive the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification; and Musim Mas Group was the first company in Southeast Asia to attain Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) verification in 2019.

2019

Musim Mas Group became the first company in Southeast Asia to attain POIG verification.

First mill to be certified against RSPO P&C 2018.

2018

Musim Mas Group launched our inaugural Sustainability Report.

2017

Musim Mas Group established a joint venture with Genting Plantations to set up a refinery in Lahad Datu, Malaysia.

Acquired a sulphation plant in Barbastro, Spain.

2016

Acquired a glycerin refinery in Groningen, Netherlands.

2015

Sales office was set up in Brasilia, Brazil.

First Southeast Asian palm oil company to join the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG).

2014

First refinery in Tanjung Langsat, Malaysia was commissioned.

Three biodiesel plants commissioned in Cartagena, Castellon and Ferrol in Spain and one in Livorno Italy.

Musim Mas Group launched our Sustainability Policy. The Policy also extends to our third-party suppliers.

2013

Ethoxylation plant was established in Terneuzen, Netherlands.

Sales office was set up in Hanoi, Vietnam.

2012

Musim Mas Group became the first major group to achieve 100% RSPO P&C certification for all our mills with plantations.

PT Musim Mas became the first company to receive the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification.

2010

International shipping department established in Singapore.

Musim Mas Group started our bioenergy business.

2009

PT Musim Mas attained RSPO certification, becoming the first plantation in Indonesia to do so.

Musim Mas Group started operations in Nellore, India and Dongguan, China.

2008

Established our first office in the United States of America.

Musim Mas Holdings was established in Singapore and designated as the Headquarters of Musim Mas Group.

Inter-Continental Oils and Fats (ICOF) became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Group.

2007

The first office in Europe was established.

2004

PT Musim Mas was the first Indonesian company to become a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Musim Mas Chairman Mr Bachtiar Karim served on the first RSPO Executive Board.

2003

The first phase of the oleochemicals plant in Medan started operations.

2002

First office outside of Indonesia was established in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

1992

PT Musim Mas was accorded the inaugural Primaniyarta Award by Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade, as one of the highest-performing non-oil exporters.

1991

The first palm oil mill was commissioned in Rantau Prapat.

1990

The first kernel crushing plant was commissioned in Medan.

1988

The first plantation was commissioned in Rantau Prapat, Indonesia. This marks our first step into plantation management.

1972

PT Musim Mas was established in Tanjung Mulia, Indonesia to produce soap, glycerin and cooking oil.

1970

The first palm oil refinery was commissioned in Belawan, Indonesia.

1932

Nam Cheong Soap Factory was established in Medan, Indonesia.

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