Jakarta. Soeprapto Suparno, founder and president director of Tiki Jalur Nugraha Ekakurir, a Jakarta-based express and logistics courier service also known as JNE, died in hospital in the Netherland on Tuesday, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
Soeprapto, 81, has been battling an illness for a month before he died in VU Medisch Centrum Hospital in Amsterdam. Soeprapto has six children and 12 grandchildren.
The entrepreneur started JNE in 1990 to handle imports and customs clearance. The company then cemented partnerships with overseas logistics services from Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Philippines to strengthen its international networks.
Soeprapto saw the potential of the business early as most companies at that time were struggling to cope with the high logistics costs. JNE is now the second largest logistics courier service company in Indonesia and seeks to grow its revenue by 60 percent this year to Rp 3.9 trillion.