14 Numbers That Show Why Wilmar International Limited is an Asian Powerhouse Manufacturer

Wilmar International Limited (SGX: F34) was founded over 25 years ago.

The conglomerate is considered to be Asia’s leading agri-business group. Wilmar’s business activities stretches far and wide. It is organised into five main categories, namely tropical oils, oilseeds & grains, sugar, others and associates & joint ventures.

Wilmar’s 2016 annual report provides more information about the scale of the conglomerate in Asia. Here’re 14 key figures investors might want to know to learn more about the company:    

  1. Wilmar has over 500 manufacturing plants and a wide distribution network that reaches about 50 countries. The conglomerate keeps a workforce of 90,000 people.
  2. First up, its tropical oil business. The segment covers the plantation, processing, merchandising, branding and distribution of palm oil and lauric related products.
  3. Wilmar is the one of the largest owners of palm oil plantations in the world, with a planted area of 241,892 hectares. For context, two hectares is about the size of three soccer fields. The vast majority of its plantation, or 69% of its plantation, is located in Indonesia. East Malaysia hosts 24% of its plantations with another 7% in Africa. For context, Malaysia and Indonesia produces 84% of the world’s palm oil.  
  4. Wilmar is also the largest processor and merchandiser of palm and lauric oils. The firm processes these oils into products such as specialty fasts, oleochemicals and biodiesel. On the consumer brand (tropical oils) front, Wilmar reported that it has a market share of between about 20% and over 30% in Indonesia and India.   
  5. Next up, oilseed and grains. The business includes the processing, merchandising, branding and distribution of agricultural products like non-palm and lauric edible oils, oilseeds, flour, and rice. It also produces wheat and rice noodles.
  6. Wilmar is the leading player in oilseed crushing with a presence in China, India, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The conglomerate is also the largest producer of consumer pack edible oils, with a 45% market share in China.   
  7. Finally, we will take a look at the sugar segment. The business involves the cultivation, milling and refining of sugarcane. Wilmar sells 12 million MT of raw and white sugar, and is the leading sugar refiner in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, India, and Morocco. The firm supplies over 50% of Australia’s raw sugar.

The above gives investors a sense of Wilmar’s scale of operations and its business activities in Asia. To learn more, take a look at its annual report.  

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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore contributor Chin Hui Leong doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.