1927 – 1941
Founded by the late Mr. Ong Kee Kan in the year 1927 in Boja, Central Java, Indonesia, our business started as a home industry. Thanks to the constantly increasing demand for our cigarettes, our business grew rapidly.
1942 – 1946
Due to the arrival of Japanese troops in Indonesia in 1942, our business was moved to Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, and the cigarettes that we produced were given the brand ‘Gentong’.
Besides producing ‘Gentong’ cigarettes, we also made Indonesian traditional-style cigarettes which were called ‘klobot cigarettes’ (cigarettes wrapped in dried corn leaves) with the brand ‘Gotri’.
‘Gotri’ cigarettes were produced in a village located between Welahan and Jepara. Due to the popularity of our product, the village was named ‘Gotri village’- a name that is kept until now
1947 – 1948
In 1947, as a result of the well-increased market share, we managed to build another factory, located in Kudus, which manufactures ‘Gentong’ cigarettes.
1949 – 1958
In year 1949, our business was officially registered as ‘CV. Tik Hong Kongsi’.
1959 – 1966
Ten years later, in year 1959, the company name was changed to ‘CV. Gentong Gotri’.
1967 – 1979
In 1967, it was finally registered as a private limited company with the name ‘PT. Perusahaan Rokok Gentong Gotri’. The name ‘Gentong Gotri’ was derived from our first two cigarette brands, namely ‘Gentong’ and ‘Gotri’.
1980 – Now In 1980, along with the well-developing market share and the technological advancement in the cigarette industry, we were able to start manufacturing machine-rolled cigarettes.
Currently, PT. Gentong Gotri runs a 5.5 hectare (55,000 square meters) factory with approximately 2,000 employees. In addition, to further improve the service to our loyal consumers, we also have some marketing offices operating in several areas such as Banten and West Java.