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Lundin starts exploration work

The independent Swedish oil and gas exploration and production company Lundin Petroleum AB now starts to explore the well Banteng–1 in the Lematang Block, Indonesia.      The main objective of the well is the Baturaja limestone formation and the total depth is expected to be 3500 meters.      The structure is a large four way dip closure…

Storm around supertanker sale to Norway

Indonesia’s state owned oil and gas company Pertamina’s sale of two double-hulled supertankers to Norwegian Frontline has caused an uproar in Indonesia.      The sales process of the ships, started this June, is motivated by much lower operating costs on leased single-hulled supertankers.      But Pertamina’s union has unearthed documents that challenge the company’s explanation, according to…

Sony-Ericsson grows in Asia Pacific

Carl-Henric Svanberg, president and chief executive of Ericsson, points out that Sony-Ericsson Mobile Communications undergoes sales increase after focusing on product designs and user friendly and trendy features. He is optimistic about the company’s prospects in Asia Pacific region and expects certain growth in mobile systems this year.       Sony-Ericsson has launched various popular mobiles…

GAM leaders released by Swedish court

A local court in Stockholm on Friday rejected a request to detain the Free Aceh Movement, GAM, leaders Zaini Abdullah and Malik Mahmud.      The men were charged with violations of international law.      The court first dismissed evidence against Zaini Abdullah, brought forward by international prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand, as insufficient.      This backlash for Lindstrand prompted him…

Volvo sets up representative office in Jakarta

Business increases for the Volvo Group in Indonesia and the Swedish company is therefore setting up a representative office in Jakarta.      All group products will be represented by the new entity.      Currently more than 4000 Volvo trucks operate in Indonesia. From container haulage to heavy duty road trains for coal transport      “The Indonesian market is…

Jotun’s big family of colourful penguins expanding further

The Norwegian paint manufacturer, Jotun is a truly global business. Still, each subsidiary operates very much like a local company. This way, Jotun’s international way of operating business is being applied locally within each company within the group.      “Our coporate philosophy is ‘Access and work in the local market’,” explains Mr. Per Harald Engesaeth, Managing…

United Tractors enters agreement to sell Scania

Indonesian heavy equipment company PT United Tractors has signed an agreement with the Swedish vehicle manufacturer company Scania.      The deal, announced 8 June, gives United Tractors rights to sell Scania’s trucks and buses in Indonesia, an agreement which United Tractors believes will boost its sales.      Scania manufactures trucks above 24 tons. It is believed that…

Three GAM leaders arrested in Stockholm

GAM´s, the Free Aceh Movement, leadership troika in Sweden was arrested in Stockholm on Tuesday, suspected of civil rights crimes.      Hasan di Tiro, Malik Mahmud and Zaini Abdullah were apprehended at an early morning raid against their apartments in southern Stockholm.      Computers, videotapes, tapes and other material were confiscated.      The arrests were made following a…

Kristian Tear new president of Ericsson SEA

Ericsson has appointed Kristian Tear, previously Head of Ericsson Germany, Austria and Switzerland, to head its South-East Asian operations. Effective July 1, 2004, Tear will take on the role of President of Ericsson South East Asia and Country Manager for Ericsson Malaysia, succeeding Mats H. Olsson, who assumes a new position as President of Ericsson…

Pramoedya awarded by Norway

Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer has received the Norwegian Authors’ Union award.      The prize is given for Pramoedya’s contribution to world literature and struggle for the right to freedom of expression.      “By showing what the risk of the expression of speech, Pak Pramoedya has demonstrated to us the value of freedom of expression,” the union…