9 Brands That Actually Weren’t Born in Malaysia

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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.

1. Bata


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.

2. Milo


Photo credit: chooyutshing / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Milo was introduced in 1934 by an Australian industrial chemist and inventor, Thomas Mayne, in Sydney, Australia.

3. Maggi

Photo credit: goosmurf / Foter / CC BY

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.

5. Nescafé

Photo credit: Noel.fogliA / Foter / CC BY-SA

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.

7. Pilot

Photo credit: pigpogm / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Pilot was founded by Ryosuke Namiki with Masao Wada in Japan, in 1918 under the name of the Namiki Manufacturing Company.



Photo credit: Macnetize.com / Foter / CC BY

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.

9. Kopiko

Photo credit: Smaku / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Kopiko was produced by a consumer products company, PT Mayora Indah Tbk, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

This article was first published on TallyPress, an online ranking magazine that revolves around the hottest topics in Malaysia. The original post can be read here.

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Nad Segaram

For the longest time I thought Raoul was a Spanish brand it is actually from Singapore. But Nescafé ????

Claudia Vieira

For real that anyone thought these were malaysian brands…? LOL

Nick Meng

So Malaysians think that Nescafe is Malaysian?? Whaaaaaaaaat?

Gareth Jones

F&N and Maggi I could get but who thought Nescafe was a Malaysian brand? 🙂

Alan Cole

You would have to be very, very sheltered to think pretty much any of those were Malaysian brands,

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