This article was originally published by Vulcan Post.
Is Bata a Malaysian brand? Surprisingly, the answer is no! In fact, you will be surprised to find out that there are many more well-known brands in Malaysia that seem “Malaysian”, but aren’t. Here are nine such brands.
Bata Factory in Zlin, Czech Republic, circa 1930. Photo credit: Bata, Facebook
Bata was founded in 1894 in Czech Republic by Tomáš Baťa, his brother Antonín and his sister Anna, whose family had been cobblers for generations.
Milo was introduced in 1934 by an Australian industrial chemist and inventor, Thomas Mayne, in Sydney, Australia.
The international brand was founded in Switzerland in 1872 by Julius Maggi.
4. Fraser and Neave (F&N)
Photo credit: F&N, Facebook
The food and beverage, brewing and publishing conglomerate was formed in 1883 by John Fraser and David Chalmers Neave in Singapore.
The flagship powered coffee brand was introduced by Nestlé in Switzerland on April 1, 1938.
6. Paper Mate
Photo credit: Paper Mate, Facebook
Founded by Patrick J. Frawley in the 1940s in USA.
Pilot was founded by Ryosuke Namiki with Masao Wada in Japan, in 1918 under the name of the Namiki Manufacturing Company.
AVON is a manufacturing and direct selling company in beauty, household, and personal care. The brand was founded by David H. McConnell in 1886, New York City, USA.
Kopiko was produced by a consumer products company, PT Mayora Indah Tbk, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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