Sukanto Tanoto’s resource-manufacturing empire has proven time and again it can handle the balancing act between profits and sustainability. With over 18 billion dollars worth of assets and 60,000 employees, few companies are its equal. Sukanto Tanoto is the chairman of RGE, which manages some of the biggest names in the resource industry like APRIL, Sateri, and Pacific Oil and Gas. With 50 years of experience in the industry, it seems the experienced businessman has found the secret formula to maintaining a balance between the climate and the profits.
Creating good right from the start
Indeed, it is an idea so vital to Sukanto Tanoto’s success that he has it as part of his business philosophy. The 5Cs, ubiquitous throughout all his businesses, focus on creating good for the Community, Country, Climate, Customer, and Company. Sukanto Tanoto has made it an integral part of his operations, and made it the compass by which every decision is made. It is an arrangement that has created much good for his companies, with his companies now becoming lauded for their conservation and protection efforts.
Asia Symbol plays its part
Most recently, Asia Symbol employees took part in the 46th ‘World Environment Day’ held in ShanDong, Rizhao. The event, organised by multiple government agencies in the region, celebrated the environment through various activities. Most noticeably, the event presented awards to 15 Asia Symbol employees in the category for ‘Excellent Environmental Protection Volunteers in Dong Gang District in 2016’. Chairman of the Asia Symbol Volunteer Association, Zhou WenLong, was on hand to speak about the need to continue caring for the environment, and building a beautiful home.
At the beginning of 2015, Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp and Paper Co., Ltd. concluded a favorable memorandum agreement with the border authority that oversees the Chinese port city of Rizhao. This Memorandum of Port Self-Management is designed to comply with entry and exit regulations and to speed up immigration clearance for the company’s cargo vessels importing wood chips.
The memorandum calls for the formation of a collaborative working group run jointly by Asia Symbol and the Rizhao authorities. This group will oversee routine day-to-day operations, and is designed to ensure that the company’s ships proceed through the port’s immigration and security checkpoints quickly and efficiently.
The agreement emphasizes the leadership of the border authority, as well as the company’s self-management of its fleet. In cooperation with the Rizhao authorities, Asia Symbol will co-administer port operations that affect its vessels. Specific benefits for the company, as outlined in the memorandum, include designated berths at the port for the company’s vessels carrying wood chips. In addition, Asia Symbol will enjoy designated cargo types, as well as specified routes for its shipping vessels, electronic and biometric security controls for accessing relevant systems, and an enclosed embankment area.
In fulfilling its duties, Rizhao’s border authority follows the protocols of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, which was established to increase the security of global commerce in the days following the 2001 terror attacks in the United States.
Asia Symbol is one of the natural resources manufacturing companies within the RGE Group, the $15 billion conglomerate headed by CEO and founder Sukanto Tanoto of Indonesia. RGE companies maintain production facilities in Indonesia, China, and Brazil, and employ a global workforce of some 50,000 people. The company’s Rizhao facility represents the world’s biggest single pulp production line, and one whose technological standards exceed those commonly in operation throughout China. In addition to the increased economic prosperity it has brought to Rizhao and surrounding areas, Asia Symbol has focused on corporate social responsibility by supporting local educational and social service programs.
Asia Symbol’s recent showcase of its paperboard product innovations earned praise from industry attendees.
A recent exhibition event held by Asia Symbol Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd., offered fellow industry professionals a close-up look at the company’s innovative packaging and containers. The 2014 Asia Symbol Showcase on Paperboard Products for Food Packaging demonstrated the company’s ingenuity and technological skill in building its liquid packaging board production line, as well as other initiatives.
One of the companies that makes up Indonesian businessman Sukanto Tanoto’s RGE Group of natural resources-based manufacturing firms, Asia Symbol has served as a leader in the pulp and paper industry in the Shandong and Guangdong provinces in China for close to a decade. Its plant in the city of Rizhao represents the largest single pulp production line in the world. Asia Symbol’s annual production capacity is set at more than one million tons of pulp product each year, and at hundreds of thousands of tons of paperboard and fine paper annually, with distribution in more than 20 countries.
At Asia Symbol’s exhibition, which took place at Rizhao’s Landbridge Jinjiang Hotel, corporate representatives from across China were able not only to admire new products, but to learn more about the company’s operations as well. Attendees took a trip to the site of Asia Symbol’s centralized control room servicing its mill, and visited its wastewater recycling location, wood chip dock, and the production line for its liquid packaging board. Company representatives provided additional insights through a question-and-answer session.
Event participants remarked on the cleanliness of Asia Symbol’s facility, and on the technologically advanced production methods in use at the plant. Additional comments focused on the company’s attention to maintaining high standards of environmental responsibility, which attendees believed could be used as benchmarks for the entire industry.
Asia Symbol’s liquid packaging board line, launched only three months before the showcase event, operates with a 300,000-ton yearly capacity. Its innovative, German-made processing machinery utilizes self-generated wet pulp, which increases efficiency, reduces waste, and results in a high-quality product made at a lower cost.