PT HM Sampoerna Tbk. ("Sampoerna") is built on a foundation of tobacco and cloves. The company is one of the oldest as well as one of the leading manufacturers of kretek (tobacco and clove) cigarettes, a uniquely Indonesian product.
The founder of Sampoerna, Liem Seeng Tee, began his business in 1913 by producing and selling hand-rolled kretek at his home in Surabaya. His small business was among the first to manufacture and market kretek cigarettes. Over the succeeding decades Sampoerna grew into one of Indonesia’s top-tier companies.