How Malaysia’s Karex became world’s largest condom maker

The Stringer

Established in 1988, Karex is the world’s biggest condom manufacturer, producing prophylactics for some of the largest brands in the world, including Durex.

It may come as a surprise to some that a maker of condoms is based in Malaysia, given its conservative, mainly Muslim society, but the company has made its products easier to talk about by making them fun and accessible.

Karex is the largest condom producer in the world, having started as a rubber processing business in what is now Malaysia in the 1920s. South China Morning Post

The Karex story began when the first generation of the Goh family landed in Malaysia (then Malaya) from China in the 1920s.

They found themselves amid rubber plantations in the southern state of Johor, where they ran a small shop, and instead of cash they accepted rubber as payment, which led to the opening of the family’s own…

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By Sabastian Omondi

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