Suriname

C. Kersten en Co. N.V.

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History

C. Kersten en Co. was established by tailors on June 29th, 1768.
The Company is named after, the Moravian Missionary Christoph Kersten, from Germany started as a tailorshop. In the course of centuries the modest shop became one of the strongest enterprises in Suriname, South America.
The corporate structure is currently a holding company, C. Kersten en Co. N.V., owner of a wide range of subsidiaries in trade, industry and service. Kersten is considered one of the oldest trading company on the American continent.

Board of Directors:
Mr. Antoine Brahim – CEO
Mr. Vishal Jadnanansing – CFO

Description:
Kersten, the best diversified conglomerate of companies in Suriname and oldest trading company in the Western Hemisphere, was founded in 1768.
It operates through 12 operating companies. Based on the year 2005 sales level, Kersten is one of the largest privately owned companies and the 6th largest company in Suriname. Kersten boasts prime real estate and production facilities. All operating companies are limited liability enterprises. Total number of employees is 648.
The single shareholder of Kersten is the MCF Business Enterprises B.V. The ultimate shareholder of this corporation is Moravian Church Foundation (MCF). This is a non-profit corporation created under the authority of the Unity Synod of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) for the financial support of the work of the Moravian Church.

Core business:
Holding and management company

For more information please visit the website www.kersten.sr

Adress:  Domineestraat 36-38
City:    Paramaribo
Phone:   +597 471150
Fax:     +597 478524
E-mail:  holding@kersten.sr

Core business:
Installation and maintenance of electrical appliances

Adress:  Zwartenhovenbrugstraat 114 
City:    Paramaribo 
Phone:   +597 478848 
Fax:     +597 477016 
E-mail:  alginco@sr.net   
Website: https://kersten.sr/building-construction/
Holding: C. Kersten en Co. N.V. 

Core business:
Concrete products

Adress:  Vensurlaan 7 (Dijkveld) 
City:    Paramaribo 
Phone:   +597 481155 
Fax:     +597 486744 
E-mail:  ckcbem@sr.net 
Website: https://kersten.sr/building-construction/
Holding: C. Kersten & Co. Holding N.V. 

Description:
Krasnapolsky hotel/restaurant with conference facilities

Core business:
Krasnapolsky hotel/restaurant with conference facilities

Adress:  Domineestraat 39 
City:    Paramaribo 
Phone:   +597 471150 
Fax:     +597 420139 
E-mail:  krasna@sr.net 
Website: https://kersten.sr/hospitality/ 
Holding: C. Kersten en Co. N.V. 
Adress:  Domineestraat 39 
City:    Paramaribo 
Phone:   +597 471150 
Fax:     +597 420139 
E-mail:  krasna@sr.net 
Website: https://kersten.sr/hospitality/

Description:
Supplier of several branded names of pharmaceutical products; owner of a drugstore; Surlab, manufacturer of Alcolade Glacial in Suriname.

Core business:

Adress:  Waterkant 80 
City:    Paramaribo 
Phone:   +597 426079 
Fax:     +597 421244 
E-mail:  ckcincom@sr.net 
Website: https://kersten.sr/distribution/
Holding: C. Kersten en Co. N.V. 

Core business:
Rendering of medical service to employees of the C. Kersten en Co. N.V. as well as other enterprises.

Adress: Steenbakkerijstraat 27
City: Paramaribo
Phone: +597 471150
Fax: +597 472320
E-mail: info@medicare.com
Holding: C. Kersten en Co. N.V.

Core business:
Car company, agent of Mitsubishi and General Motors

Adress:  van 't Hogehuysstraat 19
City:    Paramaribo 
Phone:   +597 402833 
Fax:     +597 402445 
E-mail:  ckcmotors@sr.net 
Website: https://kersten.sr/motors-heavy-equipment/
Holding: C. Kersten en Co. N.V. 

Description:
Construction materials

Core business:
Construction materials

Adress:  Vensurlaan 7 (Dijkveld) 
City:    Paramaribo 
Phone:   +597 486706 
Fax:     +597 486744 
E-mail:  spanbeton@sr.net
Website: https://kersten.sr/building-construction/
Holding: C. Kersten & Co. Holding N.V. 

Core business:
Heavy equipment, agent of Caterpillar

Adress:  Slangenhoutstraat 57-65 
City:    Paramaribo 
Phone:   +597 404111 
Fax:     +597 402751 
E-mail:  surcint@sr.net 
Website: https://kersten.sr/motors-heavy-equipment/
Holding: C. Kersten en Co. N.V. 

Core business:
Garment factory

Adress:  Stanvaste straat 18-24 
City:    Paramaribo 
Phone:   +597 400566 
Fax:     +597 400133 
E-mail:  textileworks@sr.net   
Holding: C. Kersten en Co. N.V. 

Core business:
Cement factory

Adress:  Vensurlaan 3 (Dijkveld)
City:    Paramaribo
Phone:   +597 481774 
Fax:     +597 483711 
E-mail:  vensur@sr.net   
Holding: C. Kersten en Co. N.V. 

About us


At MCF Business Enterprises our objective is to maximise the net result of our business activities in order to support the work of the Foundation. We believe thereby strongly that our ethical standards are beneficial rather than harmful to our ultimate goal.


History


Humble potters, carpenters and tailors left their home base in Europe to serve as Moravian missionaries in the New World. They utilized their skills as craftsmen to earn a living with their hands while dedicating the remaining time to preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Their work was blessed. In the first half of the eighteenth century two of these missionaries started a tailors shop and the work of the Moravian Church in Suriname. Church and tailor’s shop became as institutions responsible for some major developments, not only in Suriname, but also in other countries.

Truly, the missionaries were good servants; trustworthy in small things. By multiplying the talents entrusted to them by their Master, they have enabled the Church to continue its work in more than “ten cities”.

Moravian businesses, originating in Suriname, have expanded to other countries in the Caribbean and Europe, generating not only employment, but also income for the Moravian Church Foundation to finance church work as well as social and community projects on several continents. In 2004 MCF Business Enterprises B.V. was founded to ensure professional guidance of the various investments. Thus we at MCF accomplished a harmonious unity between Church and business. The origin of our corporation has determined the ethical standard of our business attitude.

Our objective is therefore to maximize the net result of our business activities in order to support the work of the Foundation. We believe thereby strongly that our ethical standards are beneficial rather than harmful to our ultimate goal.

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