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Arifin Lambaga - President Director Mutu Certification International

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Jun 15, 2011

Mutu Certification International, managed by PT Mutuagung Lestari, is Indonesia’s leading certification body, with over 850 clients. It provides certification services for management systems, sustainable natural resource management, and product and testing laboratories.

Since its inception in 1990, the company has widened its portfolio in terms of industries and domicile network. From an initial specialization in wood-based products, it expanded to forestry products, agribusiness, as well as fisheries and marine products.

It expanded to international certifications, including the Japan Agricultural Standard (JAS) accredited by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, which authorized only eight other institutions worldwide.

It also issues the California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification of formaldehyde emissions from wood-based products, the Raad voor Accreditatie’s accreditation for fisheries testing laboratory services, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification for sustainable palm oil management.

Recently, Mutu Certification International opened branch offices in China, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand.

“When we were accredited by the Japanese government for Asia Pacific, our process of going global started. This led to the California state government appointing us to be one of the third party certifiers of CARB,” said president director Arifin Lambaga, who wants to see Mutu Certification International become a “one-stop service” for certification and testing laboratories.

“I dream of a company that supports global industries in exporting agribusiness and natural-based products, especially when ASEAN becomes an open market by 2015. Since we have been in this business for over 21 years, we know it well, particularly in agriculture and forestry products. If an investor wants to invest in these fields, we can help them set up, find partners, and form supply chains. We invite them to come,” he said.

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