Gama Group offers integrated logistics solutions
From Aceh in the west to Papua in the east, Indonesia is the largest archipelagic state in the world. Its roughly 18,000 islands along the Indian Ocean present an intricate challenge for any logistics company. With a foothold across the whole value chain, home-grown Gama Group offers one of the most integrated and cost-effective transport solutions for companies moving their goods in and out of Indonesia.
"Through an expansive network of complementary companies, we're able to deliver safe, on-time and quality port and logistics services that our clients have come to rely on," says Eli Siswondo, president of the Gama Group.
"We let our distinct culture of teamwork and friendship work for our customers' business growth."
Starting from a small international freight forwarder with only 17 employees, the company has grown into a full-service logistics company of 1,200 people. It leverages the collaboration among eight affiliated companies in covering a wide array of port and logistics services, among others.
As the group's international freight forwarding arm, affiliate Gama Intisamudera ensures prompt delivery of items of all sizes to the consignee's doorstep. It offers a complete spectrum of services, which includes project cargo handling and customs clearance. Gama Intisamudera is behind many large-scale operations such as the ConocoPhillips project in Palembang and the Wilmar Nabati undertaking in Gresik.
Clients working with the Gama Group also save on time and money as they deal with only one provider for all other related services.
The company provides a comprehensive range of ancillary offerings, from container hauling and stevedoring to contract work for electrical, mechanical and engineering projects. Its affiliate Kuda Intisamudera provides operation, maintenance and supply of heavy equipment such as rubber-tyred gantry cranes, reach stackers, trucks and forklifts.
The group has ventured into other businesses to help the government bring down transport costs. It established affiliate Gama Mitra Perkasa two years ago with a vision of providing construction raw materials for the government's transport infrastructure projects through mining for mineral products such as sand and boulders. The logistics industry has particularly identified traffic congestion as one of the key factors driving up transport costs in Indonesia.
The Gama Group delivers all these services through a highly skilled workforce.
"Excellence is our core trait," Eli says. "We have dedicated our minds and efforts to cultivating professionalism across our human resources."
As a testament to its focus on quality service, the group has earned several recognitions. Only four years into the business, the company has been chosen as the best freight forwarder company by the governor of East Java. The industry has also recognised the company's affiliate Gama Mitra Utama to have one of the highest productivity levels in terms of bulk cargo discharging.
Such service excellence combined with a broad product portfolio has attracted several large players from the region. Giant shipping and logistics company Cosco has tapped the Gama Group as its local partner in Indonesia. Meanwhile, Cargotec Terminal Solutions, Malaysia's leading provider of port equipment and services in Asia-Pacific, has also collaborated with the Gama Group for maintenance and engineering. On the local front, the Gama Group has been commissioned by Pertamina to provide project cargo handling for the construction of a residual fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) unit. The RFCC unit is part of the US$1.4-billion Cilacap refinery upgrade of the Indonesian national oil company.
"We expect more and more business coming from the region, especially from China," Eli says.
"We are ready to provide professional logistics solutions to international companies wanting to do business in Indonesia."