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Messrs. van Nie e Co. commenced operations in 1885, under the directorship of Mr. Jacob van Nie, one of the earliest pioneers of the district. The firm are agents for the K.P.M., the Nederland Line, the Rotterdam Lloyd, and also represent a number of other important steamship, insurance, and manufacturing interests. A branch of Messrs. van Nie e Co. at Balawan, the port of Medan-Deli, is principally attending to their shipping agency, the export of tobacco, etc.
The Handel Maatschappy, Giintzel e Schuhmacher, also occupy an important position in the community. Mr. Edward Goldenberg, the managing director of the Company, kindly volunteered the following particulars :a
Messrs. Giintzel e Schuhmacher's New Offices, Medan-Deli.
Mr. Carl Hick, who has held the position of German Consul at Medan lor eleven years, has been closely identified with the commercial interests of Deli for more than twenty years past. Among his other interests and activities he is Director of the Handel My "Giintzel and Schuhmacher," one of the most-important firms of its kind on the east coast of Sumatra.
Founded in 1889 by Messrs. Gustav Giintzel and F. A. Schuhmacher, for the purpose of carrying on a general import and estate agency business, the firm prospered from the very start.
In 1892, the original partners sold the entire concern to Mr. Carl Hicks and Mr. Aug. Jaenichen, who at that time were assistants on neighbouring plantations, both having come out to Sumatra from Germany seven years previously.