Karex is the largest condom producer in the world, having started as a rubber processing business in what is now Malaysia in the 1920s. Photo: Alexandra Radu Karex is the largest condom producer in the world, having started as a rubber processing business in what is now Malaysia in the 1920s. Photo: Alexandra Radu
Karex is the largest condom producer in the world, having started as a rubber processing business in what is now Malaysia in the 1920s. Photo: Alexandra Radu

The story of Karex: how a rubber company in conservative Malaysia became the world’s largest condom maker

  • The Goh family started a rubber processing company in the 1920s, and changed to making condoms in the 1980s
  • They won over conservative Malaysians by producing condoms with fun flavours such as durian, nasi lemak and rendang

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Karex is the largest condom producer in the world, having started as a rubber processing business in what is now Malaysia in the 1920s. Photo: Alexandra Radu Karex is the largest condom producer in the world, having started as a rubber processing business in what is now Malaysia in the 1920s. Photo: Alexandra Radu
Karex is the largest condom producer in the world, having started as a rubber processing business in what is now Malaysia in the 1920s. Photo: Alexandra Radu
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