Legacy of APP

In 1930, Eka Tjipta Widjaja migrated from Fujian, China to Makassar, Indonesia. When he was as young as 15 years old (1938), Eka Tjipta worked tirelessly to help his parents to sell biscuits and candies from door to door. His hard work paid off when he eventually could afford to establish a small trading company called CV. Sinar Mas in the 1960 which focused on exporting natural resources and importing textiles. Then in 1972, he ventured into a caustic soda manufacturing business by establishing PT. Tjiwi Kimia, which later became PT. Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia Tbk., in Mojokerto, Surabaya.

Humble Beginning


PT. Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia Tbk. was established in Mojokerto, Surabaya


PT. Pindo Deli Pulp & Paper Mill was started in Karawang, West Java


PT. Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper - Tangerang Mill was formed as a joint venture between CV. Berkat, Chung Hwa Pulp Corporation and Yuen Foong Yu Paper Manufacturing Company Ltd.


PT. Ekamas Fortuna was established in Malang, East Java


PT. Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia Tbk. was listed on Jakarta & Surabaya Stock Exchange


PT. Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper - Serang Mill was established


PT. Pindo Deli Pulp & Paper Mill was acquired under APP; PT. Lontar Papyrus Pulp & Paper Industry started the first commercial operation


PT. The Univenus started the first commercial operation


APP launched its Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 which encompasses various issues such as biodiversity and habitat protection, social and human rights, carbon and peatland management, production impact, third party certification and responsible sourcing.


As a further development, APP launched Forest Conservation Policy to protect all natural forest in APP’s pulpwood supplier concession areas as identified by the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS).


APP launched its commitment to support the protection and restoration of one million hectares of forest in Indonesia. APP's chairman Mr. Teguh Ganda Wijaya was invited by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to participate in the 2014 UN Climate Summit - New York. At the UN Climate Summit Forests Pavilion, APP was the only pulp and paper company in the world to publicly support the New York Declaration on Forest.


APP and its suppliers have allocated approximately 600,000 hectares for conservation within its suppliers’ concessions and for ecosystem restoration.


In APP, we believe that one good deed will lead to another. Since 1975 we have been providing the community with plentiful opportunities to learn and grow together. We believe that education plays a vital role in developing the society. Hence since 1990, APP has transformed millions of livelihoods in Jambi, Riau, Serang, Karawang and Mojokerto by establishing a series of community development programs, including education support, specialized skills development, natural conservations, and many more. 

In alignment with EkaTjiptaWidjaja’s vision to be the leading and most respected pulp and paper company, APP continued to expand witha bigger and better cause. We believe that paper is made of nature’s goodness and it complements our life. It led us to believe in delivering the best products tailoring to everyone’s needs. We strive to think out of the box and innovate beyond the boundaries. 

Over the years, APP has transformed the paper into something of bigger and better values. With endless innovation from our product development team, APP has transformed our perspective on the importance of quality and safety of paper products. We deliver nature’s goodness in every food aficionado’s lunch box, in every kid’s notebook, and in every art maker’s sketch book to remind everyone that things started off with good deeds will bring better cause.

The Best is Yet to Come