Strength through Heritage
Berli Jucker: Building Partnerships in Thailand since 1882
The rich and remarkable history of Berli Jucker Public Company Limited (BJC) that spans over 131 years takes it to the very forefront of the trading, manufacturing and servicing fields in Thailand.
The company’s inception was first created through a partnership between the Berli and Jucker families. This was the first of many strong partnerships that led to one of the Kingdom of Siam's earliest and most successful trading companies.
Originally, BJC engaged in rice milling, mining, timber, shipping, importing, and other activities that laid a foundation instrumental for Thailand’s progress towards an “industrial” stage. By carefully selecting and nurturing its local and international partners, BJC continuously prospered over the years to become a major Thai import and export firm. After World War II, BJC diversified its operations into manufacturing, packaging, and distribution.
Key Historic Milestones:
||Albert Jucker and Mr. Henry Sigg established ‘Berli Jucker’ under the name “Jucker, Sigg & Co.”.
||The Company’s name changed to “Berli Jucker & Co.”.
||The Company was changed into a majority owned Thai Limited Company under the name “Berli Jucker Co. Ltd.”.
||His Majesty King Bhumibhol graciously awarded a Letter of Appointment to Berli Jucker Co. Ltd., allowing the Company to use the Royal Garuda emblem.
||Berli Jucker Co. Ltd. was one of the first seven companies to be listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET).
||The Company was transformed into a Public Company Limited under the name “Berli Jucker Public Co. Ltd.”.
||Thai Charoen Corporation Group (TCC Group), one of Thailand's largest conglomerates engaging in alcohol beverage and related businesses, industrial production, commercial trading, property and financial services, effectively became the majority shareholder in Berli Jucker.
||The Company increased BJC Cellox capacity up to 45,000 tons per year, thus becoming the largest producer of tissue in Thailand.
||The Company acquired a 50% stake in Thai Beverage Can Co., Ltd., Thailand’s leading manufacturer of aluminum cans and can ends.
||The Company acquired a 100% stake in Jacy Foods Snd Bhd, a Malaysian manufacturer and distributor of potato chips and extruded snacks both in its domestic market and other Asian countries, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines and Brunei. The acquisition enabled BJC to expand its snack markets and manufacturing base in Southeast Asia. The Company also increased production capacity of glass bottles by constructing a new furnace capable of producing 434 tons per day which was completed in mid-2008.
||BJC forms a joint venture with Owens-Illinois, the largest glass manufacturer in the world TGI, Southeast Asia’s largest glass container manufacturer reaches a daily capacity of 3,300 tones
||BJC enters joint venture with Ball Corporation, the largest can manufacturer in the world.
TGI Celebrates 60 years of automated glass container manufacturing
BJC acquires Asia Books, Thailand’s leading English-language bookstore chain
||BJC is included in the SET 50 index of top Thai companies
April 2012: BJC acquired a 51% stake in Danone Dairy (Thailand), a manufacturer and distributor of yoghurt and fresh dairy products under the “Activia” brand on 24th April 2012. This acquisition will help broaden BJC Foods Products’ portfolio and enhance market expansion.
May 2012: TBC-Ball Beverage Can Vietnam Ltd., an aluminium can manufacturing plant in Vietnam and a joint venture between Thai Beverage Can Ltd. and Ball Corporation, started commercial operation in this month. (TBC-Ball plant construction was completed in March.)
BJC launched its own skincare products under the brand “Premedica”, which its manufacturing plant is located in Korea. The product line includes facial foam, day facial cream, night facial serum, and sun block cream.
July 2012: The Board of Directors of Thai Malaya Glass Co., Ltd. had a resolution to increase its capital by Baht 1,200 million to finance construction of a new furnace on 12th July 2012 with production capacity of 400 tons per day. The construction is expected to be completed at the end of 1Q2013.
September 2012: BJC launched its own cosmetic products under the brand “Berli Pops”. The product line includes powder foundation, BB powder, eye shadow, and brush-on.
As the year 2012 marked the 130th anniversary of BJC, the Company held a special party to celebrate the landmark, inviting employees, customers, suppliers , trade partners and distinguished guests to attend the event at the Asiatique The River Front in Bangkok onThailand Business Leader of the Year by the CNBC Global TV Network, USA, which presented the 11th CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards on 16 November 2012 at ceremony in Bangkok, the award was in recognition of this leadership in domestic and international markets.
One of the greatest strengths driving BJC’s business growth relentlessly is our people, who currently number about 10,000 both in Thailand and abroad. They are our most important assets and a prime key success factor for our business. Therefore, development of human capital is one of our most important policies under focus and we have critical operational processes in place for successful sourcing, attracting, hiring, development and retention of talented people to support our business sustainability.