Co Ban Kiat Hardware celebrates a century of providing quality hardware solutions
For its 100-year anniversary, Co Ban Kiat Hardware revisits the story that began its retail hardware market in the Philippines
October 5, 2020
Written by Gabrielle de la Cruz
Images courtesy of Co Ban Kiat Hardware
Co Ban Kiat Hardware was founded in Manila’s old Chinatown, Binondo. The wholesale buy and sell hardware business was established due to the business acquisition efforts of the Cobankiat family patriarch in 1920, a decade before the Second World War. Recognizing the devastations brought by the war, the brand assisted communities in rebuilding their homes and establishments by providing hardware materials.
It was in 1952 when the business began to flourish and made market expansions. The fourth generation of the Cobankiat family, under the leadership of Johnny Cobankiat, introduced the retail concept for hardware products in the country. Johnny Cobankiat’s accomplishments include the inauguration of Hardware Workshop as the first retail hardware chain of stores, Coby’s Design Center as a means to answer the increasing demand for high-end architectural hardware products, and the accreditation and introduction of Ace Hardware USA in the country, with CBK Hardware Inc. as one of its suppliers. Today, Co Ban Kiat Hardware continues its journey by providing the country with beneficial and world-class technological and hardware solutions.
Over the years, Co Ban Kiat consistently expanded its products by ensuring the highest quality, collectively achieving its vision to be the largest network of suppliers of the biggest brands in the world for the hardware industry. CBK says that this vision was made possible “by partnering with 68 trusted global brands of building materials, electrical, houseware, power equipment, outdoor, plumbing, and power tools,” curating various product types for building, construction, and home comfort.
Commitment to excellence
“Our founding belief is to provide Filipinos with access to quality products,” Co Ban Kiat shares. “We translated this by expanding our geographic presence, supplying to over 2000 partner wholesale and retail stores nationwide, including D.I.Y stores, traditional hardware stores, depots, and more for over 68 brands and over 6000 SKUs.” The hardware company claims that it “utilizes a wide array of its product portfolio to realize market leadership in every market segment.” The brand recognizes that the integration of well-known business sectors is a way of strengthening its distribution network, boasting an expansive list of automotive, hospitality, service, and other industry clientele. It also takes pride in becoming the first hardware distributor to offer products online through several e-commerce platforms and social media accounts.
Apart from business, CBK Hardware Inc. also participates in multiple advocacies, philanthropic endeavors, humanitarianism, and charity work. “Hundreds, if not thousands of people from different walks of life, have benefited from CBK Hardware Inc.’s initiatives, from the intensive CSR programs to the hardware donations for the improvement of living facilities,” the team narrates. “The goodwill of Co Ban Kiat Hardware was also gifted to neglected children and elders by teaming up with many GOs and NGOs.” Co Ban Kiat Hardware will also be launching its 100 Years Donation Drive, a 10-month long CSR project that aims to help 100 organizations.
“As the company enters a new century, there will be even more local and global brands to acquire and form partnerships with, more ways to help out and give back to the community, and more homes and buildings to improve using tools and appliances that the brand offers,” Co Ban Kiat says. “Going forward, the Philippines can expect Co Ban Kiat Hardware to remain true to its promise of providing the finest hardware solutions.”