Semen Padang has been building Indonesia for 112 years from Minang Land
Since its establishment, PT Semen Padang has continuously contributed to the development of the surrounding regions.
PT Semen Padang, a subsidiary of state-owned cement company PT Semen Indonesian (Persero), has helped build Indonesia from Minang Land for 112 years since its establishment on March 18, 1910.
The creation of the company is the idea of a Dutch officer of German nationality, Carl Christophus Lau.
Rocks on Ngalau and Karang Putih Hills in Indrarung Village, Lubuk Kilang Sub-district, Padang City, West Sumatra Province piqued his interest.
The rocks were sent to the Van Materials Ondezoek laboratory in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for examination. It turned out to be limestone and silica stones that can be used as raw materials for cement.
At the time, Karang Putih Hill was estimated to contain hundreds of millions of metric tons of limestone deposit. Meanwhile, the rocks of Ngalau Hill contain silica.
So, on January 25, 1907, Lau proposed to the Dutch East India government to establish a cement business in the village of Indarung, as quoted in a book titled “Satu Abad Membangun Negeri,which means “A century of nation-building”, written by Hasril Chaniago.
The proposal was approved seven months later. However, it took three years to realize the plan as Lau struggled to finance the establishment of the new company.
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Finally, a company was created on March 18, 1910, named Naamloze Vennootschap, which means Limited Liability Company, Nederlandch Indische Portland Cemen Maatschappij (NV NIPCM).
The business became quite a large investment at the time, managed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Industry and Trade of the Dutch East Indies government.
Along with the development of the cement company, the Dutch government has also encouraged commercial players to invest their capital in other infrastructure development projects, such as railways, Ombilin coal mining and the port of Emma Haven (currently called Port of Teluk Bayur).
The development of the new business has enlivened the village of Indarung. Thus, “cement” quickly became a new terminology used among members of the community.
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Commemorating the 112th anniversary of the establishment of PT Semen Padang, various aspirations have been echoed by multiple parties for Indonesia’s oldest cement company.
One of them is the Governor of West Sumatra, Mahyeldi Ansharullah, who expects the company to continue to improve its business performance and maintain its good relations with the community in the future.
The company’s harmonious and concordant relationship with the community will drive the success and improvement of the company.
Therefore, the governor also expressed his optimism that PT Semen Padang would increase community participation to collaborate with the company and welcome more human resources from West Sumatra to work in the company.
“The success of PT Semen Padang cannot be separated from the support of regional governments in West Sumatra province,” he remarked.
Additionally, Ansharullah commended the company for helping local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and expects the company to continue supporting SMEs, so they can continue to grow and facilitate recovery. post-pandemic regional economy.
Additionally, he commended the company for assisting in the implementation of mass vaccinations against COVID-19 through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs.
“I think PT Semen Padang has quite an important social role, including helping to mitigate earthquakes,” the governor said.
He also praised the company for successfully cultivating bilih fish (Mystacoleucus padangensis), which is an endemic fish of Lake Singkarak, located between Tanah Datar and Solok districts in West Sumatra province.
In line with the Governor’s advice, the Mayor of Padang, Hendri Septa, felt that the establishment of PT Semen Padang brought myriad benefits to the region.
“Since its establishment, PT Semen Padang has never stopped contributing to the development of the surrounding regions. The company is the pride of ‘awakened urang‘ (meaning the Minang, the majority ethnicity of West Sumatra province),” he remarked.
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From time to time, the company contributed to the construction of various public infrastructures.
PT Semen Padang is expected to continue to maintain its existence in the future by contributing to the development of the nation in addition to streamlining its superior programs which can enhance the welfare of the people.
The head of the Customary Representative Body (KAN) of Limau Manis village, Syarifudin Dt Bungsu, said that so far the company has given special attention to the surrounding community and region.
The KAN is the usual institution of community council and consensus in the villages of West Sumatra.
The company has conducted various programs for the community, such as the Nagari (means Village) Child Empowerment Forum, which has been working for nine years to improve children’s education, women farming groups, as well as the economy of the community.
Furthermore, the head of the customary institution thanked PT Semen Padang for his help in building public infrastructure, such as roads and mosques.
The 112th anniversary commemoration of PT Semen Padang was themed “Rise Stronger”, reflecting the company’s optimism to improve.
“It is a momentum for us to improve and move forward in the face of all the challenges and obstacles,” remarked the Acting Chairman, Director of PT Semen Padang Asri Mukhtar.
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During its 112-year journey, the company has gone through various ups and downs, as it became a silent witness to the history of Indonesia’s struggle against colonialism and was revived under the leadership of children. of the nation.
In the hands of the nation’s children, the company has become a pioneer of modernization in Indonesia by helping to establish various masterpieces of infrastructure in the country.
However, in recent years, the company has faced fierce competition in the cement industry as several new players have resulted in an oversupply of the commodity in the market.
Additionally, the state of the market has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic which has slowed down the global economy since 2020.
Nevertheless, in 2021, Semen Padang had continued to show good performance in terms of production and sales. The great achievement will be maintained and improved.
Therefore, 2022 is a good momentum for PT Semen Padang to “rise stronger”.
With the strong determination and support of all stakeholders, the company’s personnel strive to create an optimistic spirit to rise and become stronger, so that they can make an ever better contribution to the region and to the nation.
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