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. 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.
Musim Mas Group became the first company in Southeast Asia to attain POIG verification.
First mill to be certified against RSPO P&C 2018.
Musim Mas Group launched our inaugural Sustainability Report.
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.
Acquired a glycerin refinery in Groningen, Netherlands.
Sales office was set up in Brasilia, Brazil.
First Southeast Asian palm oil company to join the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG).
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.
Ethoxylation plant was established in Terneuzen, Netherlands.
Sales office was set up in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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.
International shipping department established in Singapore.
Musim Mas Group started our bioenergy business.
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.
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.
The first office in Europe was established.
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.
The first phase of the oleochemicals plant in Medan started operations.
First office outside of Indonesia was established in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
PT Musim Mas was accorded the inaugural Primaniyarta Award by Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade, as one of the highest-performing non-oil exporters.
The first palm oil mill was commissioned in Rantau Prapat.
The first kernel crushing plant was commissioned in Medan.
The first plantation was commissioned in Rantau Prapat, Indonesia. This marks our first step into plantation management.
PT Musim Mas was established in Tanjung Mulia, Indonesia to produce soap, glycerin and cooking oil.
The first palm oil refinery was commissioned in Belawan, Indonesia.
Nam Cheong Soap Factory was established in Medan, Indonesia.