Mr. Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi
Chairman of the Board of Directors
The year 2018 was another proud and successful year for Berli Jucker Public Company Limited (BJC). BJC Group’s earnings reached 172,196 million baht, representing an increase of 4.9 percent from the previous year, whilst its net profit for the shareholders of the company reached 6,650 million baht, representing an increase of 27.6 percent from the previous year.
With our vision to become a leader in ASEAN, BJC now operates distribution centers and comprehensive logistic systems in Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, and furthermore in the region. BJC also operates wholesale and retail businesses in Vietnam and Laos. With our vertically integrated supply chain covering businesses from upstream to downstream, we are able to deliver continuous and sustainable growth and eventually bring BJC Group into the world stage.
I am delighted to see the continued growth of every company under BJC Group, especially in the glass packaging business where we invested to increase our production capacity to support the growing packaging demand of food and beverage businesses. We also continued our retail business expansion by opening over 200 retail outlets, including Big C hypermarket, Big C Foodplace supermarket, our new concept store serving urban customers’ needs, Mini Big C stores, and Pure drugstore. Furthermore, at the end of the year, BJC Group acquired White Group Public Company Limited to further strengthen our business and to continue progressing BJC towards becoming the leading center of production, distribution and services from upstream to downstream.
For over 136 years, BJC has been committed to good governance and has conducted its business with integrity, transparency, and social and environmental responsibility. By focusing on education and quality of life development, including religion and culture developments, we have always been striving to create a quality workforce for the future of the country. Above business success in Thailand, we are proud to be part in supporting the society and communities through BJC Big C Foundation and its creative projects in driving and building the quality of life for Thai.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our shareholders, customers, trade partners, and various agencies that have supported BJC Group during the year and to also thank our management team and employees for their full cooperation, support and dedication allowing BJC to operate its business in accordance to our vision, direction and to achieve our goals.