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About Murray Hunter

Murray Hunter has been involved in Asia-Pacific business for the last 30 years. He first entered the cosmetic industry in the 1970s with a joint venture with the Andrew Jergens Company (US Fortune 500 Company). He then took over the position as export manager for the family group and opened up markets in South-East Asia, the Middle East, and Pacific region building sales to just above USD $ 20 million per annum from a zero base. Murray in 1980 moved to Jakarta Indonesia to set up a factory and marketing organization for PT Hunters Jaya Indonesia for the family group. Upon returning to Australia, Murray became a director of a public listed company at the age of 26, responsible for the household division turning over more than AUD 75 million per annum. In 1988 Murray formed his own company New Approach Products Pty. Ltd. where he developed many patented formulations and within his third year of operations was ranked 5th in the BRW-PriceWaterhouse Fast 100 list, a very good accomplishment considering most of the top 10 companies were involved in the ICT industry.
Murray returned to South-East Asia in the mid 1990s and set up Hunters Brands Sdn. Bhd., as a subsidiary of Hunters Brands Pty. Ltd. Australia, now manufacturing in China and exporting back to Australia and Malaysia, with a current turnover of approximately AUD $20 million per annum. He assisted the Krauch Family in Brazil introduce various eucalyptus species to South America both as a timber and essential oil crop, to the Napati family in Indonesia on essential oil based cosmetics, and worked with Bayer GMBH on developing natural herbicides in the 1980s and 1990s. In Malaysia Murray has consulted to Sime Darby Marketing, Bejaya Group, and Dietheim/Harpers Group. Murray introduced Tea tree or Melaleuca alternifolia to Malaysia in the early 1990s. He was also involved in a number of start-up firms involved in laser printer cartridge recycling, produce export from Fiji to Australia, a health spa, plastic manufacturing, food & beverage manufacturing, and biodiesel.
Murray is now semi-retired as an associate professor at the University Malaysia Perlis, spending a lot of time consulting to Asian governments on community development and village biotechnology. Murray is the inventor/author of a number of chemistry patents in Australia and as a researcher was the first to report many new natural compounds in international journals like the prestigious Journal of Essential Oil Research.


Present Faculty Member, Universiti Malaysia Perlis

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