Rooted in its humble beginning that started in 1920, Co Ban Kiat Hardware Inc., the giant hardware business was founded in the heart of Binondo, Manila’s own Chinatown, through the business acumen of the Cobankiat family patriarch. The wholesale buy and sell hardware business devastated during World War II, and barely surviving after the war, Co Ban Kiat resumed business in a makeshift shanty to help people rebuild their homes and establishments by providing hardware materials.
In 1952, CBK Hardware was incorporated, marking its unceasing market expansion efforts. Business flourished and prospered further due to the fourth generation of the Cobankiat family under the leadership of Johnny Cobankiat who introduced the retail concept for hardware products in the country. His 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 of 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, CBK Hardware has is at its peak, supplying the country with world-class, life-improving technological and hardware solutions.
This milestone of achieving a century of excellence was made possible with a wide-ranging portfolio of products. Over the years, Co Ban Kiat Hardware consistently expanded its products with a one common trait; only the highest quality, guided by a vision to be the largest network of suppliers of the biggest global brands in the hardware industry. This vision was made possible by partnering with 68 trusted global brands of building materials, electrical, houseware, power equipment, outdoor, plumbing, hand and power tools, encompassing completely any product type for building and construction and home comfort. These include Stanley, Lincoln Electric, Baldwin, Chubbsafes, Dormakaba, Facom, Fairbanks Scales, Nilfisk Professional Cleaning Equipment, Westinghouse, Yale Locks, and more. These brands are smoothly distributed to customers who want to get more value for money when it comes to home and facility improvement, safety and security, D.I.Y projects, energy conservation, cleaning solutions, and the like. Supplied and distributed by CBK Hardware Inc., these brands are truly together in excellence.
The founding belief of the company to provide Filipino consumers with access to quality products translated to expansion of its geographic presence, supplying over 2000 partner wholesale and retail stores nationwide. These include D.I.Y stores, traditional hardware stores, depots, and much more for 68 brands and over 6,000 SKUs. CBK Hardware has a wide array in its product portfolio to realize market leadership in every market segment. Solidifying its distribution network is the integration of well-known business sectors. It boasts of an expansive list of automotive, hospitality, service, and other industry clientele as well as distinguished real estate developers and construction companies nationwide considering CBK Hardware as their most trusted supplier. Reaping the benefits of e-commerce, CBK Hardware prides itself as the first hardware distributor to aggressively offer products online through several e-commerce platforms and on its social media accounts.
Business in the hardware industry is not the only way the brand is helping the world become a better place. CBK Hardware Inc. also supports multiple advocacies, philanthropic endeavors, humanitarianism, and charity work, because those in the company are wholeheartedly committed to contributing towards the growth of society and the environment. 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 goodwill of CBK Hardware Inc., was also gifted to the neglected children and elders by teaming up with many GOs and NGOs. And as part of its 100 years celebration, Co Ban Kiat Hardware will deepen its dedication to create valuable contributions to the society and environment by launching 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, more homes and buildings to improve using many tools and appliances the brand has in its disposal, and more individuals to help in any way.
Going forward, Philippines will expect Co Ban Kiat Hardware to remain true to its heritage of providing more years of world class hardware solutions.