May 26, 2010
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Indonesian affiliate PT. Amerta Indah Otsuka hosts
May 26, 2010 dedication ceremony for Kejayan Factory
- New Pocari Sweat production facility -
Tokyo, Japan - PT. Amerta Indah Otsuka (Head Office: Jakarta, Indonesia; President: Yoshihiro Bando) a local Indonesian affiliate of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan; President: Taro Iwamoto) has announced completion of the Kejayan Factory, a new Pocari Sweat production facility in the province of East Java, Indonesia. A ceremony was held on May 26, 2010 to mark the completion of the new factory.
Initially introduced in Japan in 1980, Pocari Sweat is a thirst-quenching beverage that replenishes vital fluids and electrolytes lost through perspiration. Launched in Indonesia in 1989, local sales have grown steadily, increasing approximately 30% year-on-year in 2009 to approximately 450 million units per year. Initially produced at the Sukabumi Factory in the province of West Java, recent increases in demand for Pocari Sweat led to the construction of the Kejayan Factory in the province of East Java.
Kejayan Factory has adopted a positive pressure sterile bottling line* that permits an approximately 20% (approx. 4.5 g) reduction in the weight of 350ml PET bottles, reducing the volume of petroleum-derived resin required for bottling. Actively engaged in environmental preservation initiatives, the new factory has also received ISO14001 certification.
Planned in keeping with the concept of "Open Space and Community Interaction", the Kejayan Factory grounds incorporate the following focal points for interaction with the local community.
- Green Plaza: Recreation and soccer ground
- Mosque: Open to members of the community for weekly Friday prayers and during the month of Ramadan
- Regional Educational Center: PT. Amerta Indah Otsuka employees provide support for education of local children
Based on its corporate philosophy of 'Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide', Otsuka Pharmaceutical is dedicated to contributing to the health and wellbeing of people around the world.
- * Room temperature Pocari Sweat is bottled in a sterile booth. Before the cap is sealed, the container is topped off with nitrogen and subjected to positive pressure. In addition to reducing the weight of the PET bottles while maintaining their strength, the bottles are also easy to flatten for recycling.
Kejayan Factory Grounds
"Open Space and Community Interaction" facilities at Kejayan Factory
- Green Plaza:
Recreation and soccer ground
Open to members of the community for weekly Friday prayers and during the month of Ramadan
- Regional Education Center:
PT Amerta Indah Otsuka employees provide support for education of local children.
Kejayan Factory Overview
|Location:||Jl.Raya Pasuruan-Malang Km 11, Desa Pacarkeling Kecamatan Kejayan Kabupaten Pasuruan Jawa Timur, Indonesia|
|Products:||Pocari Sweat (350ml PET bottles)|
|Capacity:||Maximum production capacity of 150 million bottles/year|
|Construction:||Quake-resistant steel-reinforced concrete (conforming to Indonesian construction guidelines)|
|Floor area:||19,326 m2 (area of factory grounds: 112,480m2)|
|Launch of operations:||April 2010|
|No. of employees:||99 (as of March 31, 2010)|
Information in this news release was current as of the original release date.