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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:14

SMSS Business Week Participants ‘Learn to Earn’ by visiting Famous Textile Factory

In line with Seri Mulia Sarjana Secondary School’s Business Week, 260 of our Young Entrepreneurs went on field trips to different Private Manufacturing Companies here in Negara Brunei Darussalam.

The field trips allow students to see firsthand the different processes in making a business successful as highlighted in a previous Visioning Workshop held in school. 

About 100 students in the morning session were given a chance to visit Famous Textile Factory in Jerudong Park, a family owned business and one of the biggest private manufacturing companies located here in Brunei with 100% of their products and exports going to Disney Land amongst others.

Mr. Stephen So, the Manager of Famous Textile talked about his family’s journey in incorporating their business in Brunei and highlighted the benefits and advantages in doing so. The students were then given a tour around the 42 000 square-feet factory where they visited the different stages and processes in the manufacturing of textiles.

8 lucky participants were given a chance to try out the screen printing section and we are happy to say that all of our students passed the quality control! As gifts, Mr So gave all 8 students the prints that they had made.

Mr. So advised our Young Entrepreneurs that, “In starting any type of business, you must first have the heart, interest and passion.”

For the afternoon session, one group of students went to Simpor Pharma in Jln Utama Tanah Jambu, and another to Aewon in Kg. Mulaut.

Simpor Pharma is Brunei’s first Halal Pharmaceutical Plant; its objective and importance is to assure products manufactured are halal according to the Islamic Law to meet the demand of Muslim customers not just locally but globally.

The students were then given a tour around the facility and they had a chance to see and watch all the different types of equipment being used, from a ‘Softgels Encapsulation Machine’ which is state-of-the-art manufacturing technology to the German made, ‘Tablet Press Machine with Metal Detector’.

While our first batch of students was having a great educational time at Simpor Pharma Sdn Bhd, our other batch of students was in Kg Mulaut at Aewon Garment & Embroidery Production Site.

Aewon claims to be one of the leading T-Shirt, Work Wear, PPE, Digital Print, Corporate Gifts and Design Service Provider with the largest branch network in Brunei Darussalam. They give their customers quality and freedom of customisation and design, which seems to be the key to their success. This made our students realize that, ‘What customers want, should be what a company provides.’


Our students were given a chance to witness how Aewon manages to produce all their different products to supply to all their customers’ demands. This allowed students to see importance of organisation, specialisation and division of labour when imanufacturing and supplying a large amount of goods.

The field trips were great examples to students of how a business plan can become a successful reality.