Writer : Delia Rahma, S.T.
RH.SITH.ITB.AC.ID, JATINANGOR–In an effort to bring new insights to its students, the Biological Engineering Department of SITH ITB conducts an excursion to PT. Haldin Pacific Semesta on 6 November 2017. This trip also function to increase the nation’s bioindustry awareness to the department. The trip took 24 students to the company’s location at the Cibitung Industrial Region, Bekasi, Western Java along with the Head of Department, Dr. Erly Marwani.
Haldin Pacific Semesta is an industry involves in raw materials processing, giving an added value to the materials. The company produces essences, essentrates, extracts, concentrates, and other high-quality products of spray drying processes. The products are divided into eight categories: (1) Tea & Coffee, (2) Functional Ingredients, (3) Essential Oils, (4) Cocoa & Vanilla, (5) Honey & Coconut, (6) Fruit & Vegetables, (7) Seasoning Ingredients, and (8) Cosmetic & Care Ingredients. The main equipments used by the company in its production are spinning cone column, spray dryer, distillation towers, and extractors.
The visiting group was welcomed by the company and given a presentation by the Commercial Director and R&D (Research and Development) and Project Team. In the presentation, given by Mr. Andry as the company’s Commercial Director, explains that PT. Haldin has five manufacturing sites in Indonesia: three of them are liquids and powders extraction site, one focuses on coconut-based products, and the other is material preparation site. The company has already contributing the nation’s exports by serving to over 53 countries in five continents. PT. Haldin also has many partners all around the country to supply the company with the highest quality raw materials. In the presentation given by Mr. Rizky Istofa and Mr. Marzuki as the representatives of the R&D and Project Team, the production processes and some of the products of the company was described; the products include ginger and vanilla-derived products and the basic principle and mechanisms of the used equipments.
Following the presentation, the group was given a tour of the factory and the laboratory. A safety induction was given beforehand by Mr. Angger Mahamafrudho as the representative from the Quality Assurance Team. As seen by the enthusiasm of the students, it was the most awaited part of the excursion. During the tour, the group was given the chance to see, smell, even taste the final essence, extract, and powder products of the company; from tea, coffee, spices, essential oils, chocolate, vanilla, honey, coconut, to various fruits and vegetables-based products. They were also given the final skincare and bodycare products. Later on, the group was treated to bajigur (native Sundanese drink made of coconut milk, brown sugar, and ginger), and cold green coffee latte as examples of the companies ginger and green coffee-based products.
After the tour, the students were invited to a discussion and Q&A session with the company’s representatives. Their enthusiasm palpable, as can be seen from the questions. The topics of the question ranging from production system of the company to their business strategies. The last event of the day is gift-changing between the Biological Engineering department representative and the company, followed with photo session.
The discussion between PT. Haldin and the students went along smoothly. The students found a new perspective in the academic and learning condition within the department. They were given first-hand experience of the industry, as seen in PT. Haldin Pacific Semesta.
With this excursion program, it is hoped that the relations between the Biological Engineering department and the bioindustry, specifically PT. Haldin Pacific Semesta, will continue and bring benefits to both parties.