Our history

For more than 82 years, Unilever's corporate mission – to add vitality to life – shows how clearly the business understands 21st century-consumers and their lives. But the spirit of this mission forms a thread that runs throughout our history.

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Over eighty years going forward with Unilever Indonesia

Unilever Indonesia aims to create a brighter future. Under the basis of values that we hold high in our business, we help to tackling essential challenges that Indonesia – and the world – faced today, including poverty, health, nutrition, sustainable resources, waste management and the climate change.

PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk (the company) was established on 5 December 1933 as Lever’s Zeepfabrieken N.V. by deed No. 23 of Mr. A.H. van Ophuijsen, notary in Batavia. This deed was approved by the Gouverneur Generaal van Nederlandsch-Indie under letter No. 14 on 16 December 1933, registered at the Raad van Justitie in Batavia under No. 302 on 22 December 1933 and published in the Javasche Courant on 9 January 1934 Supplement No. 3.

By deed No. 171 of public notary Mrs. Kartini Muljadi SH dated 22 July 1980 the company’s name was changed to PT Unilever Indonesia. By deed No. 92 of public notary Mr. Mudofir Hadi SH dated 30 June 1997 the Company’s name was changed to PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk. This deed was approved by the Minister of Justice under decision letter No.C2-1.049HT.01.04 TH.98 dated 23 February 1998 and published in State Gazette No. 2620 of 15 May 1998 Supplement No. 39.

The company listed 15% of its shares on the Jakarta Stock Exchange and Surabaya Stock Exchange following the approval from the Chairman of Capital Market Supervisory Board (Bapepam) No.SI-009/PM/E/1981 on 16 November 1981.

In the company's Annual General Meeting on 24 June 2003, the shareholders agreed to a stock split, reducing the par value per share from IDR 100 per share to IDR 10 per share. This change was notarized by deed No. 46 of public notary Singgih Susilo SH dated 10 July 2003 and was approved by the Minister of Justice and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia under decision letter No. C-17533 HT.01.04-TH.2003.

The company is engaged in the manufacturing of soaps, detergents, dairy based foods, ice cream, and tea based beverages and cosmetic products.

As approved at the company’s Annual General Meeting on 13 June 2000, which was notarized by deed No. 82 of public notary Singgih Susilo SH dated 14 June 2000 the company also acts as a main distributor of its products and provides marketing research services. This deed was approved by the Minister of Law and Legislation (formerly Minister of Justice) of the Republic of Indonesia under decision letter No. C-18482 HT.01.04-TH.2000.

The company commenced commercial operations in 1933.

Expansion of Unilever Indonesia

On 22 November 2000, the company entered into an agreement with PT Anugrah Indah Pelangi, to establish a new company namely PT Anugrah Lever (PT AL) which is engaged in the manufacturing, developing, marketing and selling of soy sauce, chili sauce and other sauces under the Bango and other brands under license of the company to PT AL.

On 3 July 2002, the company entered into an agreement with Texchem Resources Berhad, to establish a new company namely PT Technopia Lever which is engaged in the distribution, export and import of goods under the Domestos Nomos trademark. On 7 November 2003 Texchem Resources Berhad entered into a share sale and purchase agreement with Technopia Singapore Pte. Ltd, in which Texchem Resources Berhad agreed to sell all of its shares in PT Technopia Lever to Technopia Singapore Pte. Ltd.

In the company’s extraordinary General Meeting on 8 December 2003, the company received approval from its minority shareholders to acquire the shares of PT Knorr Indonesia (PT KI) from Unilever Overseas Holdings Limited (a related party). This acquisition became effective on the signing date of the share sales and purchase agreement between the company and Unilever Overseas Holdings Limited on 21 January 2004.

On 30 July 2004, the company merged with PT KI. The merger was accounted for using a method similar to the pooling of interest method. The company was the surviving company and after the merger PT KI no longer existed as separate legal entity. This merger is in accordance with the approval of the Capital Investment Co-ordination Board (BKPM) in letter No. 740/III/PMA/2004 dated 9 July 2004.

On 2007, the company entered into a conditional agreement to buy the “Buavita” and “Gogo” brands of fruit-based Vitality drinks from Ultra. The transaction accomplished in January 2008.


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Unilever was established under the name Lever’s Zeepfabrieken NV in Angke, Jakarta by operating Soap Factory.

Blue Band Margarine and Lux Soap production van den Bergh’s Fabrieken NV in Angke, Jakarta.

Cosmetics factory - Colibri NV, Surabaya

Unilever control discontinued (World War II)

Under government control

Control of business back to Unilever under foreign investment law

The Company renamed as PT Unilever Indonesia. Yamani Hasan was the first Indonesian citizen to be appointed as the Company’s President Director.
Presiden Direktur berkewarganegaraan Indonesia pertama, Yamani Hasan, dilantik.

Unilever Indonesia went public, listing 15% of its shares on the Indonesia Stock Exchange.
Construction of Elida Gibbs Factory in Rungkut, Surabaya

Transfer of the Toilet Soap Factory from Colibri to Rungkut Factory, Surabaya

The Personal Care factory was opened in Rungkut, Surabaya. The Company enters the tea business with the acquisition of SariWangi.

Opening of ice cream factory in Cikarang. Conello and Paddle Pop appear in the market for the first time.

Construction of detergents and foods factory in Cikarang, Bekasi

Consolidation of manufacturing facilities – Cikarang, Rungkut

NSD Liquid Detergents – Cikarang

Enter into soya sauce business with Bango acquisition.

Opening of tea factory – Cikarang

Opening of central distribution center Jakarta

Enter into mosquito coil business

Acquisitioning Knorr Indonesia from Unilever Overseas Holding Ltd to merge with Unilever Indonesia.
The hair care factory relocates from Rungkut to Cikarang.

Opening of liquid shampoo factory in Cikarang

Asia’s largest Skin Care factory is built at our Cikarang site. The Company enters the fruit juice business by acquiring the Buavita and Gogo brands. SAP is implemented throughout Unilever Indonesia.

The company enters the water purification business by launching Pureit

The new Dove soap factory opens in Surabaya, while the Wall’s ice cream and Skin Care factories in Cikarang are expanded

Unilever Indonesia successfully doubled the business within five years and recorded a sales more than 2 billion euro.

Unilever Indonesia celebrates its 80-years journey in Indonesia, by launching “Project Sunlight” to inspire people to create a brighter future not only for our children, but also for future generations.

We launched IOMA, a revolutionary exclusive skin care product that uses advanced technology to diagnose skin care needs and create a unique formula, customized for the user’s skin. IOMA counters have been opened in five department stores in Jakarta and Surabaya.

The 9th factory is officially opened for food production in Cikarang, with the size of 63 hectares.

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