The history of P.T. Comextra Majora started in Makassar of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 1988, when Jimmy Wisan launched his business as a local trader of agricultural commodities seeking to facilitate farmers in the rural areas of Sulawesi with Ujung Pandang (now Makassar) being the local market.
Assisted by an employee and a laborer, he initiated his business by hiring an old building at Jalan Andalas No.39, Makassar to accommodate an office, a warehouse, and also a drying ground for commodity processing and storage. During this time a business firm: U.D. Prakarsa Jaya Abadi, was established as his vehicle for his activities.
In view of the on-growing business in 1990-1994, another company, P.T. Prakarsa Jaya Adycitra was set up specifically more directed to export activities while U.D. Prakarsa Jaya Abadi focused on local and inter-insular trading.
From the start, the nature of our business has always been based on trustworthiness, professionalism and integrity. The first shipment of 25 tones of cocoa beans to the USA in 1991 marked the first export of the company. Since then, as favorable opportunities present themselves, other export commodities have accordingly been added such as seaweed, white pepper and raw cashew nuts. In the local trade, the company gained the Government's trust through BPPC and thus became the leading clove trading.
To support operational activities in the production areas throughout Sulawesi, in the South Sulawesi Province such as in Polmas and Wotu, offices and warehouses were used through leasing from many parties. In Polmas the warehouse was hired from the local village unit cooperative or KUD of Sungai Maloso, while in Wotu, an office and a warehouse were leased from village unit cooperative or KUD of Ugi Baru, Mangkutana in the regional district of Luwu. Meanwhile in the Central Sulawesi Province, the activities were centralized in Palu at a small rental store at Jalan Emi Saelan No.42 and Jalan Datuk Pamusu No.12. In Central Sulawesi Province, the same leasings were also applied in Kasimbar and Luwuk Banggai, whereas in South East Sulawesi Province, the activities started at a hired warehouse in Ladongi.
To anticipate the rapid growth of the company, on March 18, 1994, P.T. Comextra Majora was established with Notarial Deed Number 270 issued by Sitske Limowa S.H., a Notary Public of Ujung Pandang. Having obtained the formal legality, export and other trading activities were more focused under the flag of P.T. Comextra Majora. And in 1997 P.T. Comextra Majora moved in an office of its own at Jalan Teuku Umar No. 111 - 113, Makassar, whilst the warehouses and the processing plant located at Jalan Salodong No. 66, Makassar.
On April 13, 1998 with the Amendment Deed Number 38 of the same Notary Public, P.T. Comextra Majora's share ownership was restructured, in which Jimmy Wisan and Kendrik Wisan were stated respectively as the majority shareholder and the minority shareholder. Thus the board of directors of the company was then reorganized becoming a group of four. This period was marked by the construction and the acquisition of the warehouse and the processing plant facilities in the production area. Throughout Sulawesi island beginning from Polmas, Wotu, and Palopo of South Sulawsi Province; in Palu, Kasimbar and Luwuk Banggai of Central Sulawesi Province, spreading out to Kendari, Kolaka, Ladongi, Raha and Bau-Bau of South East Sulawesi Province. Apart from that, the affiliated network of the company and those of direct pooling of the produce cultivation were located in Pangkep, Barru and Sidrap of the South Sulawesi Province.
Meanwhile, the improvements were made on facilities of the head office, dealing with services and human resources, and for the first time computerized system was used for work efficiency and effectiveness. As a result, both the volume and export value of the company kept rising rapidly. In 2002, to enhance effective and efficient management of the company, covering operational activities and supervision, the board decided to relocate the head office, the warehouse and the processing plant in one integrated compound at Jalan Salodong No. 66, Makassar.
Besides trading, being fully aware that company's growth and the benefits gained from the respective local production area, the company must share appropriate contribution for the welfare and the development of the village community in the long run. Therefore the company fostered and developed cashew cutter group of partners in the developing areas, assisting them not only technically, but also providing a complete package, covering raw material stockpiling of raw cashew nuts during off-season, equipment support, working capital, and market as well. Along with the real development of potential and availability of raw material, the company successfully set up financial ability and gained some added value by which the previous export of raw cashew was then changed its form to shelled cashews (cashew kernels). Recently, cashew-processing plant owned by the company is acknowledged as the reputable factory available, especially existing in Sulawesi.
Thanks to the company's performance and professionalism in expanding Sulawesi cocoa beans consistently and conscientiously, in 1999, P.T. Comextra Majora was formally accepted as a non-vote member of the Cocoa Association of London Limited (now the Federation of Cocoa Commerce Limited/FCC) and was the only Indonesian cocoa beans exporter becoming the member of the organization. In 2004 the company was accepted as member of the Cocoa Merchants Association of America Inc., (CMAA) and in 2005 the company membership in FCC was up graded to vote member. To reinforce our cashew kernels processing plant sustainable existence especially in the international market, the company awarded HACCP certificate on October 26, 2005.
It seems that a continued assessment on the current business operation and incessant exploration on new business frontiers will be an inevitable choice of policy. The management is ready, willing and able to anticipate any incoming challenges, and will accordingly seek to find appropriate problem solving. The consistent continued responsive assessment seems to be the most likely reflection of our business mobility in the coming days.