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Grand Kartech eyes partnerships to advance green technologies

Discovery Reports

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 November, 2012, 9:49am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 May, 2013, 4:28pm

Indonesia is emerging with a reputation for high quality in Southeast Asia. As one of the nation's pioneers, Grand Kartech helped establish this confidence in Indonesian competencies. Through engineering and manufacturing ingenuity, the company advocated energy efficiency across multiple industries long before it became a global imperative.

The company's roots began in 1921 with the fabrication and repair of boilers for Indonesia's agro-industries. It succeeded in producing its own vertical smoke tube boiler in 1939 and began designing more complex manufacturing machinery.

The company's search for better boiler technologies led to innovations benefiting almost every upcoming industry in Indonesia since then.

Grand Kartech has customised processing plants and systems for the oil and gas, power and energy, automotive and mining industries for more than two decades. These sectors account for 75 per cent of the company's business.

"People come to us because they trust us," says Kenneth Sutardja, Grand Kartech director. "Track record is important in this business because equipment and machinery are long-term investments. Only top brands are able to deliver 20 to 30 years' service life."

Internationally-managed companies comprise more than 70 per cent of Grand Kartech's clientele. Among them are Indonesia's luxury hotels such as Conrad, Four Seasons, JW Marriott, Novotel, Kempinski and Ritz-Carlton, which use the company's boilers. Food and beverage, textile and pharmaceutical companies - including Unilever, Frisian Flag, Otsuka, Beiersdorf, Danone and Bayer - chose Grand Kartech to build their Indonesian manufacturing facilities.

In vehicle manufacturing, Grand Kartech's engineering expertise has been instrumental in setting up automated painting lines for car bodies, bumpers and dashboards. The company was a key player in building Indonesian manufacturing plants for Toyota, Honda, Suzuki, Daihatsu, Yamaha, Nissan, Audi and Hino.

Fully compliant with international standards, Grand Kartech holds ASME stamps and ISO certifications for quality management and occupational health and safety, among others. It enhances in-house capabilities by working with mechanical and heat transfer software on specific technologies required in the Indonesian market.

The company is keen on advancing green technology through partnerships. "In every sector, we are called upon to be more efficiency-oriented. We want to leverage on our advanced capacities by collaborating with international partners on green technology applications that can be used in Indonesia and globally. This is my highest priority," Sutardja says.

Given its rapidly expanding economy, Indonesia is a rich market for developing groundbreaking industrial solutions. Grand Kartech is committed to advancing innovation in its home market and beyond.

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