JAKEL as a company was founded by Mohamed Jakel Bin Ahmad on 24th January 1983 in Muar, Johor. In its early days, JAKEL TRADING started off as a textile wholesale supplier to small retailers around the town of Muar, now known as The Royal Town of Muar.
In 1985, JAKEL opened a branch in Segamat, Johor. A few years later the company raised additional capital investment of RM500,000, JAKEL expanded its operations through retail trading and supplying textiles to both government and private sectors. With a combination of business acumen and sound management, JAKEL successfully weathered the 1997 economic downturn and grew to become the No. 1 textile company in Malaysia.JAKEL has achieved international accomplishments and accolades through a number of subsidiaries and alliances and have earned the trust and standards necessary to further expand their business ventures. JAKEL currently employs about 5,000 employees engaged in research and development, branding sales and marketing and support services.
An investment of RM1.6 million was made to purchase the Shaw Brothers’ Rex Cinema located in Segamat, Johor. The theatre was turned into a warehouse. Although JAKEL Trading received overwhelming responses from the customers, the courageous decision was indeed worth taken. In the late 1990s, JAKEL TRADING became the major wholesaler and distributor of the textile industry in Malaysia. With the goal of “ONE BRANCH, ONE STATE”, JAKEL TRADING has opened 20 branches throughout Malaysia. It intends to conquer the textile industry from north to south of Malaysia.
In the beginning
The late Mohamed Jakel Bin Ahmad started his small retail business in Muar, Johor selling carpets to the local community and wholesaling to other sellers around town.
Jakel’s first branch was opened in Segamat and was named ‘Jakel Trading’. They expanded the business from just selling carpets to retailing textiles and fabrics at wholesale prices to the public.
Jakel further expanded its operations by venturing as a textile semi-wholesaler and supplier for the government agencies and private sectors.
Due to the economic crisis and shortage in fabrics, Jakel switched to direct imports from overseas. Since then, Jakel became a major wholesaler and distributor of the textile industry in Malaysia.
Jakel remains as the biggest textile industry in Malaysia with 22 stores nationwide offering a myriad of fabrics, ready-to-wear clothing, bridal items, essentials and home furnishings.
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