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  • QL's Chia does not mince around

    SINGAPORE -- Chia Song Kun's rags-to-riches story begins in a poor fishing village. Malaysia's QL Resources, Asia's largest minced fish producer, is headed by Chia Song Kun, the founder and managing director of the company. Chia started his vill

    January 30, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Ho bets on 'eternal' Chinese consumption

    SINGAPORE -- Ho Kwon Ping, executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, an operator of upscale hotels and resorts based out of Singapore, is banking on China. He expects the Chinese government will move to bolster personal spending. Banyan Tree i

    January 30, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Tang adds zest to infrastructure market

    SINGAPORE -- Tang Kin Fei has a rare trait for a Singaporean businessman: Loyalty. The president of Singapore's leading government-affiliated conglomerate, Sembcorp Industries, is one of the few executives in the city-state who has stuck with th

    January 30, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Lim's gloves-on approach

    SINGAPORE -- Top Glove already accounts for 25% of the world rubber glove market, but it wants more. The Malaysian company was founded in 1991 and has become a giant business in only a little more than two decades. Lim Wee Chai is its chairman.

    January 30, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Fernandes refuses to let go of Japan

    SINGAPORE--AirAsia CEO and founder Tony Fernandes has not finished with Japan. Southeast Asia's leading budget airline will be back in the land of the rising sun, the 48-year-old Fernandes insists. AirAsia last year pulled out of Japan, dissolvi

    January 30, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Asean's $10 billion club membership slips to 26

    HONG KONG -- Corporate Southeast Asia has 26 companies worth $10 billion or more. The number is down from 31 a year earlier, according to a Nikkei survey using financial data provided by U.S. company FactSet Research Systems. Some of the compani

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Dhanin has Thailand's deepest pockets

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's richest man, Dhanin Chearavanont, is eyeing the auto market. Dhanin's Charoen Pokphand Group is the largest business conglomerate in Thailand. It is engaged in a wide variety of operations, ranging from food to distribution

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Salim spreads his wings overseas

    JAKARTA -- Foreign expansion will test Anthony Salim this year. The head of Indonesia's major conglomerate Salim Group also serves as the president and CEO of Indofood Sukses Makmur, the country's biggest food maker. Attention is being paid to w

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Energy companies power up across region

    HONG KONG -- Energy businesses were a noticeable presence on the list of fastest-growing Southeast Asian companies. They had the highest rate of combined market value growth in 2013. Malaysia's SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd, whose operations inclu

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Food for thought among Southeast Asia's fastest-growing companies

    HONG KONG -- Massive flows of funds into promising Southeast Asian companies have boosted the market values of food and energy businesses. SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd, a Malaysian oil equipment business, was 2013's fastest-growing company in ter

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Finding their voice

    Recent events in Southeast Asia highlight the growing demands of workers across the region for higher wages, better conditions and a stronger social safety net. They also show how governments are struggling to cope. In nearly every country in th

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Protecting trade finance from US tapering

    As we approach Chinese New Year, moves by the U.S. Federal Reserve to prepare to taper its bond purchases have put a damper on the festive mood. An official with China's commerce ministry recently remarked that the outlook for the country's foreign

    January 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Aeon begins loyalty card system at discount stores in Malaysia

    TOKYO -- Japanese retail giant Aeon has begun a loyalty card system at its discount stores in Malaysia. The company aims to have 1.5 million card holders by the end of fiscal 2014. Aeon Big (M), a subsidiary established when Aeon bought French r

    January 29, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Smartphones set to reshape Asia's consumer markets

    NEW DELHI/BANGKOK -- Asia is on course to become a huge market for smartphones with more than 2 billion users in 2017, a development certain to transform its consumer markets and open up business opportunities for retailers. The total number of

    January 29, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong listing to spur Uniqlo's Asia expansion

    TOKYO -- Fast Retailing, operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, will seek to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in March to enhance its name recognition in China and Southeast Asia. The Japanese retailer best known for its Heattech

    January 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Tanjung gets back to his roots for success

    JAKARTA -- One thing sets apart Chairul Tanjung as a tycoon in Indonesia: He's an ethnic Indonesian. Chinese-owned conglomerates have long dominated the Indonesian economy. CT, founded by Tanjung, is an exception to the rule. While conglomerates

    January 27, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Salim spreads his wings overseas

    JAKARTA -- Foreign expansion will test Anthony Salim this year. The head of Indonesia's major conglomerate Salim Group also serves as the president and CEO of Indofood Sukses Makmur, the country's biggest food maker. Attention is being paid to w

    January 27, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Sugiarto sees life beyond cars

    JAKARTA--Prijono Sugiarto must diversify income streams this year as president of Astra International. One of Indonesia's largest conglomerates, Astra assembles and sells vehicles in collaboration with Japanese automakers Toyota Motor and Daihat

    January 27, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Midtier Japanese contractors want in on Southeast Asian infrastructure action

    TOKYO -- Unable to count on future domestic demand, midtier Japanese general contractors are marching deeper into Southeast Asia. While the Japanese construction market looks destined to slow over the long term, the neighboring region holds the

    January 25, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan could escalate Asia's casino wars

    TOKYO -- Japan may be about to legalize casinos at certain locations as a tourist lure. If it does, it will likely heat up an already intense battle in Asia for Chinese high rollers. Goldman Sachs predicts Japan will host a $15.1 billion gaming

    January 24, 2014 01:00 pm JST