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Kersten was founded 1768 and has been one of the most diversified companies in Suriname for more than 240 years with 14 operational companies divided over 5 divisions.

As one of the oldest trade companies in the Western Hemisphere, Kersten has always been able to pride itself upon the trust of the community.

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About "Motors & Heavy Equipment"

The Motors and Heavy Equipment division of Kersten entails companies which are engaged in transportation and earth moving. As Suriname is rich in natural resources, high quality earth moving equipment is needed to bring these to the surface. CKC Machinehandel Surmac N.V. is the company representing Caterpillar, world’s best earth moving equipment. Reliable vehicles are essential to strengthen the logistics in a country and CKC Motors Company N.V. represents world’s most renowned verhichle manufacturers.

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About "Building & Construction"

The Building & Construction division consists of Alginco, BEM, Spanbeton and Argos.
This division offers total solutions for the building and construction industry and is strongly committed towards HSEC standards throughout all their operations.

These four companies offer a wide range of materials and services, such as cement, concrete bricks, cooling, water and electrical installations. Our office located at the Hoogestraat, the Building and Advice centre, offers materials and advice to developers, designers, building professionals, contractors and do-it-yourselfers.

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About "Hospitality"

In December of 2007 the Kersten Hospitality division was founded to combine the strengths of Hotel Krasnapolsky and other hospitality entities at Kersten. In 2008 the new BERGENDAL Eco & Cultural River Resort venture in the interior of Suriname was added to the division.

By combining the outstanding services of these entities, we offer an extensive package that meets the specific needs of each guest, whether their purpose is business or pleasure. 

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About "Health Care"

The Health Care division consists of International Commodities N.V. (Incom), Medicare N.V. and Surinam Laboratories N.V. (Surlab).This division offers medical solutions for the medical industry in Suriname.

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About "Real Estate & Properties"

The business operations of Kersten started 240 years ago in the centre of Paramaribo, where the company acquired its first real estate. Since then the area has been well recognized as prime real estate.

Kersten nurtures the prime assets and is exploring opportunities to enhance the quality and value of these assets.

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About "Communication Services"

Webhelp Surinam, previously SNT Kersten, is a joint venture between Kersten and Webhelp the Netherlands, offering communication services. The contact center started in February 2011 and handles customer contact for various companies and institutions in the Netherlands.

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About "Holding Services"

Kersten Holding Services is the business unit that forms the dome in which 4 (four) diverse companies are represented, namely:

Smaragd Mining, responsible for the purchasing and export of gold

Kersten Lease, car leasing company within Kersten

CKC Corporate Facilities also known as CORFA, your reliable partner for employers and employees

Massy Kersten Energy Services, responsible for providing energy solutions.

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About "Community Development"

That Kersten is a paragon of Surinames equality is solely owing to the community, who have always had a deep-rooted trust in our innovative capability. Without their trust and support we would not bewhere we are now.

As a token of appreciation Kersten there fore investson a regular basis in social programs for youth development in Suriname. Within this framework the Kersten Tourism Foundation and the Foundation Scholarship Kersten have been established.

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