JAKARTA - Indonesian paint manufacturer PT Mowilex Indonesia has been selected as a winner of the ACES (Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability) Awards in the Best Performing Asian Company category. The award recognizes the company’s leadership position across its businesses and in corporate responsibility and sustainability.

The company, which focuses on the premium segment of paints, wood coatings and other building materials, has been at the forefront of sustainability for more than 50 years and has long been recognized as one of the leaders in corporate sustainability and environmental management. 

“We are honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Niko Safavi, CEO of PT. Mowilex Indonesia. “We were chosen from a candidate pool of very professionally managed companies, some of whom are internationally recognized global brands. I believe the panel was able to see the dedication and commitment that has for decades been a symbol of pride for our company,” he added.

One of the hallmarks of Mowilex’s culture, as a privately held company, has been to embrace many of the standards typically expected of public companies. These include audits by globally recognized firms, safety measures, rigorous QC standards, process improvement programs, and a fully meritocratic work culture. The company prides itself on being an ethical, contemporary market leader.

Tania Ariningtyas, Environmental Affairs Manager at PT Mowilex Indonesia, reiterated the long history of the company’s core values. “We realize that many of our sustainability initiatives consume great amounts of capital, but we see them as investments in Indonesia, investments in our own future, and a way to make sure our interests are aligned with the expectations of contemporary consumers who demand more than just product quality,” she said.

PT Mowilex Indonesia has achieved major milestones throughout its history such as being the first in Indonesia to manufacture water-based paints in 1970. In 2019, PT Mowilex Indonesia became the first manufacturer in Indonesia to be certified CarbonNeutral® and the only company in its sector committing to major reductions in plastic use. The company also won an award for Best Exterior Paint from SWA Magazine, one of Indonesia's leading business publications, in 2019.

In response to the current COVID pandemic, in April 2020 the company and its dedicated employees supported the healthcare community by manufacturing and donating PPE and hand sanitizer. In April 2020, the Ministry of Labor recognized the company for being the only one among 126 firms to pass a distancing and hygiene audit. 

“Mowilex, the coatings manufacturer that for decades has focused on product innovation and customer service, can no longer shy away from the growing attention it receives for their long history of corporate sustainability. For more than 50 years the company has successfully challenged global rivals that dwarf it in comparison across all their markets, yet Mowilex has gained a commendable share of the local premium market in a crowded and very competitive field. By staying true to its core values, Mowilex has earned the trust of professionals and slowly built a recognized consumer brand while being respectful to the communities it serves,” said Shanggari Balakrishnan, CEO of ACES. “We see Mowilex as an ethical contemporary market leader.”