Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad Going from strength to strength

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KLK’s plantation land bank now stands at over 270,000 hectares spread across Malaysia, Indonesia and Liberia.
KLK’s plantation land bank now stands at over 270,000 hectares spread across Malaysia, Indonesia and Liberia.

Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (“KLK”), is a Malaysian company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad with a market capitalisation of approximately RM22.45 billion at the end of September 2014.

From a humble plantation company that started more than 100 years ago, KLK has, through strategic acquisitions and sound management, evolved into a leading plantation company focusing on oil palm and rubber. The Group’s plantation land bank now stands at over 270,000 hectares spread across Malaysia (Peninsular and Sabah), Indonesia (Belitung Island, Sumatra, central and east Kalimantan) and Liberia (Palm Bay and Butaw).

Since the 1990’s, the Group had diversified into resource-based manufacturing (predominantly oleochemicals) and vertically integrated both its upstream and downstream businesses. Its operations have expanded through joint-ventures and acquisitions in Malaysia, the People’s Republic of China and Europe, allowing the oleochemical division (i.e. KLK OLEO) to venture further downstream into products like methyl ester sulfonate, amines, biodiesel, fine chemicals and surfactants. Nevertheless, KLK OLEO’s primary focus remains the strengthening of its competitive advantage in basic oleochemicals such as fatty acids, glycerine, fatty alcohols and esters.

The 1990’s also saw the Group capitalising on the strategic location of its land bank in Peninsular Malaysia by branching into property development. Its latest project, the 1,000 acres Bandar Seri Coalfields township is located in the vicinity of Sg. Buloh, Selangor, in addition to the nearby Desa Coalfields and Sierramas projects which have since been completed.

The achievements of KLK comes from the strong foundation of its late founder Tan Sri Lee Loy Sang (TSLLS) who had both the foresight and determination. During his time, hands on operations were the order of the day with TSLLS spending countless hours visiting each and every operating centre on a regular basis. He was well liked and respected by his employees for his demeanor and diplomacy with loyalty and integrity being the closest values to his heart.

KLK is currently helmed by his eldest son, Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian (Tan Sri LOH), who was born in Ipoh. Under his leadership, KLK made a landmark decision to expand into Indonesia in 1994 with the acquisition of 14,170 ha of contiguous land in Belitung Island and remained steadfast there through the ASEAN Financial Crisis even when other companies de-prioritised their investments there. In addition, KLK also made inroads into Liberia through strategic acquisitions. Tan Sri LOH also led KLK’s foray into resource based downstream manufacturing (Oleochemicals) and its entry into the Property market.

Tan Sri LOH also believes that expansion of business must be done responsibly with emphasis on community development and environmental stewardship. As such, KLK has articulated its commitment to people and planet in its KLK Sustainability Policy. As a company, KLK continues to support the various charities and corporate responsibility events in Perak as well as globally through its operations. Overall, KLK is poised to grow from strength to strength, remaining true to its founding values.



吉隆坡甲洞有限公司  Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad
Wisma Taiko, 1, Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam, 30000 Ipoh,  Perak, MALAYSIA.
Tel:605-241 7844       Fax:605-253 5018       Web:http://www.klk.com.my